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  • Report: Mossad continues to use foreign passports

    February 13, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    Agents of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency reportedly are still using foreign passports to conduct undercover operations in other countries.

    According to a report Sunday in The Times of London, new evidence shows that foreign nationals residing in Israel are willingly allowing...

  • Gun is only way to fight Israel, Hamas head says

    February 13, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said in Iran that armed resistance is the only way to fight against Israel.

    The “gun is our only response to the Zionist regime,” Haniyeh said Monday in Tehran, according to the semi-official Iranian Fars news agency.

    “In time, we have come to...

  • February 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 10, 2012 | 8:15 am

    How to set Syria free

    The Economist argues that supplying Syria’s opposition with weapons would be counterproductive in Assad’s bloody battle against those seeking to oust him.

    Far better to attack Mr Assad’s regime where it is vulnerable—by peeling away his support, both at...

  • Hamas split threatens Palestinian unity deal

    February 8, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Hamas’s Gaza-based leadership challenged on Wednesday a Palestinian reconciliation deal signed by the Islamist group’s political chief in exile and President Mahmoud Abbas of the rival Fatah movement.

    Bringing divisions within Hamas to the surface, the group’s “Change and Reform”...

  • Is Hamas trying to change its stripes?

    February 7, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    Is Hamas trying to change its stripes?

    Terrorist attacks against Israelis appear to be on pause, and rocket fire from Gaza is down significantly. The Hamas leader in Damascus, Khaled Meshaal, is trying to distance himself from the Assad regime and align Hamas with the forces of the...

  • Palestinian rivals agree to form unity government

    February 6, 2012 | 8:50 am

    The leaders of rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas signed a deal in Qatar on Monday to form a unity government of independent technocrats for the West Bank and Gaza, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    The move, following the failure of exploratory...

  • Must Read, February 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 2, 2012 | 2:37 am

    A dragon dance in the Negev

    Writing for the Asia Times, veteran Indian diplomat M K Bhadrakumar examines China’s growing role in all parts of the Middle East, from the Gulf states to Iran to Israel.

    “The great beauty is that all three Middle Eastern camps - Iran, the GCC and...

  • Kassams strike southern Israel

    February 1, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    At least four Kassam rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel.

    Three rockets hit Wednesday night, according to the Israel Defense Forces, though some Israeli news reports put the number at five. An additional rocket hit about three hours earlier. No damage or injuries were reported.

    In the last month, 29 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel, according to the IDF.

  • Ban Ki-moon calls on Israel to make gestures for peace

    February 1, 2012 | 8:31 am

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to make some positive moves toward the Palestinians in order to bring them back to the negotiating table.

    Ban was in Jerusalem Wednesday for meetings with Israeli leaders. He was scheduled to meet with Palestinian...

  • Must Read, February 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 1, 2012 | 4:14 am

    The Monitor, Merrimac, and Middle East

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Robert Satloff looks at American presidential use of ironclad to describe its commitment to Israel – and what it really means.

    “If presidents want to signal the strength of American’s commitment to Israel, they...

  • Hamas leader heading to Iran

    January 31, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip, will visit Iran.

    Haniyeh is going to Tehran at the invitation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad amid reports that relations between Hamas and Iran have soured because of Hamas’ failure to...

  • Shalit visits family of slain tank commander

    January 31, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit visited the family of his tank commander, who was killed in the same incident in which Shalit was captured.

    Shalit visited the family of Hanan Barak at their home in Arad on Sunday, Ynet reported Tuesday. He told the family that he loved Barak.

    The family told Ynet that the visit gave them “closure.”

    Shalit’s parents regularly attend the annual memorial service held for Barak.

  • Must Read, January 31, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 31, 2012 | 4:03 am

    What do Egypt’s Generals Want?

    In the wake of dramatic changes in Egypt, writes Omar Ashour in Project Syndicate, the new parliament and the military are fighting for political control of the country.

    “If the generals do not want democracy, nor do they want direct military rule...

  • Must Read, January 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 30, 2012 | 4:06 am

    Syrian Scenarios

    In an article for Agence Gobal, Lebanese journalist Rami G. Khouri examines some of the ways the current crisis in Syria could play out. 

    “The most common scenario I hear is that tensions and violence will continue to the point in the coming year where economic...

  • Netanyahu pessimistic on Mideast peace prospects

    January 29, 2012 | 11:17 am

    Peace prospects with the Palestinians are looking poor, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday after exploratory talks aimed at relaunching negotiations ended in deadlock.

    “As things stand now, according to what happened over the past few days - when the...

  • Must Read, January 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 29, 2012 | 4:26 am

    The Arab Spring is an opportunity for Israel

    In an article that appears in the Daily News Egypt, Natalia Simanovsky of Common Ground believes that with the right approach, Israel should not write the Arab Spring as a disaster.

    “The Arab Spring and the new landscape that has...

  • Palestinians unmoved as Israel presents border ideas

    January 27, 2012 | 8:54 am

    Israel has presented Palestinians with its ideas for the borders and security arrangements of a future Palestinian state, in a bid to keep exploratory talks alive, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Friday.

    However, Palestinian officials said the verbal presentation by Israeli...

  • Israel arrests two Hamas officials at Red Cross office

    January 23, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Israeli police detained on Monday two senior Hamas members who had been sheltering for more than 18 months in the compound of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in East Jerusalem.

    Mohammed Totah, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and Khaled Abu...

  • Must Read, January 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 23, 2012 | 4:19 am

    Buoyed by ‘Islamic Spring,’ Hamas considers new direction

    Joshua Mitnik of Christian Science Monitor ponders what’s next for Hamas, following the resignation of its political leader Khaled Meshal.

    “Recent upheaval in the Middle East has been a mixed bag for Hamas. On the one hand,...

  • Two Palestinians planting bombs killed by Israeli troops

    January 18, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Two Palestinians were reported killed in an Israeli military strike near the Gaza border.

    Israeli troops fired Wednesday on Palestinians that the Israeli military said were placing explosives near the border fence in order to harm or kidnap Israeli soldiers. Two other Palestinians...

  • Hamas chief Meshal to step down

    January 17, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal will soon step down from his position because of term limits, a Hamas official said.

    Meshaal, who assumed his position in 1996, must leave at the end of his term because he is limited to the two terms he has already served, an unnamed senior...

  • IDF official: Nuclear Iran may curb Israeli border wars

    January 17, 2012 | 8:37 am

    A nuclear-armed Iran could deter Israel from going to war against Tehran’s guerrilla allies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli general said on Tuesday.

    The Jewish state sees the makings of a mortal threat in Iran’s uranium enrichment and missile programs, and has...

  • Meshaal: Palestinian unity will lead to mass protests

    December 23, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Palestinian unity will spur mass popular protests against Israel, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said.

    “Now we have a common ground that we can work on—the popular resistance, which presents the power of people,” Meshaal said Thursday in an interview with the Associated Press in Cairo,...

  • Hamas to join PLO in unity bid

    December 22, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Hamas will join the Palestine Liberation Organization, a further step toward Palestinian unity.

    The deal to admit Hamas was struck Thursday in Cairo during meetings of rival Palestinian factions working to unify the Palestinian leadership, the Associated Press reported.

    Under the...

  • Israel frees 550 Palestinians in Shalit swap

    December 19, 2011 | 12:02 am

    Israel released 550 Palestinian prisoners Sunday in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home soldier Gilad Shalit after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.

    While many of the 450 prisoners freed on October 18 in the first phase of the Egyptian-brokered prisoner...

  • Australian citizen admits to spying for Hamas

    December 13, 2011 | 11:17 am

    An Australian citizen pleaded guilty to charges of spying for Hamas.

    Eyad Rashid Abu Arja, who is Palestinian-born and holds dual Jordanian citizenship, was detained in Tel Aviv in March on charges of “activities on behalf of an illegal organization”.

    Hamas is classified as a...

  • Hamas reportedly leaving Damascus

    December 8, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Hamas is reportedly thinning its ranks in Damascus as pan-Arab pressure builds on the Syrian regime.

    Diplomats said this week that the Palestinian Islamist group, which has long had its headquarters in the Syrian capital, has been quietly relocating staff to Gaza following the Arab...

  • IDF: Gaza strike killed terrorist planning attack on Egypt border

    December 8, 2011 | 8:26 am

    An Israeli air strike on a car killed two militants and wounded two other men on a crowded Gaza street Thursday, the Israeli army and local medical officials said.

    The men were identified as Essam Al-Batsh and Sobhi Al-Batsh, relatives initially identified as brothers.

    Hundreds of...

  • Prime Minister Fayyad: ‘Unity and Non-violence’ requisites for statehood

    November 29, 2011 | 9:55 am

    With skepticism rife over a Fatah-Hamas rapprochement and the Hamas demand to replace him, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the man credited with energizing the movement toward statehood and the man Western governments want holding the PA’s purse strings, discusses the...

  • Abbas, Mashaal hail Palestinian unity

    November 25, 2011 | 12:27 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said they turned a “new page” in Palestinian unity after meeting in Cairo.

    Thursday’s meeting was the first time the Palestinian leaders had met face to face since they signed a reconciliation deal in May....

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