Analysis

US-Israel rupture can bring nothing good

By Dovid Efune, August 7, 2014

Sitting with Knesset Member Dov Lipman earlier this week, I could not resist asking, tongue-in-cheek, who was less popular in Israel nowadays - Hamas chief Ismael Haniyeh or US Secretary of State John Kerry.

"Kerry is certainly not popular on the Israeli street right now," he answered, as only a politician could.

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A brave few are reporting on Gaza’s human shields

By Con Coughlin , August 7, 2014

In the chaos of any military conflict, even the best generals can find it difficult to work out precisely what is taking place between the warring factions.

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If we are to have a solution, Unwra must stop funding Arab hatred

By Alex Brummer, August 7, 2014

When the dust has finally settled on Operation Protective Edge, the Israeli mortar hit on the school in Beit Hanoun, where Palestinian families were sheltering, is certain to be seen as one of its signal events.

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For Hamas, the horror in Gaza is the strategy

By Richard Kemp, August 7, 2014

Hamas do not ignore the laws of war. They know them well and do everything they can to exploit Israel’s adherence to them.

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Hamas's biggest backer? It has the entire Westin the palm of its hand

By Alex Brummer, July 31, 2014

the complex politics of the Middle East. The country's control of an estimated 14 per cent of the world's known reserves of natural gas has allowed it to buy itself a seat at the top tables of global diplomacy.

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Arabs turn on Qatar over Hamas

By John R Bradley, July 31, 2014

As diplomacy intensifies over Gaza, one little-reported meeting last week - between senior Saudi officials and Qatar's ruler Sheikh Al-Thani - could turn out to be the game-changer.

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The difficult question Hammond must answer

By Martin Bright, July 31, 2014

Philip Hammond is still taking his first baby steps as Foreign Secretary, but there is one question he needs to learn to answer. And quickly.

Does he consider Israel's use of military force against Hamas to be disproportionate?

On the Today programme on Tuesday he was asked the question three times and three times he dodged it. This is not good enough.

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Opening Gaza borders will bring greater hell

By Benjamin Pogrund, July 31, 2014

Hamas is rightly demanding that Israel and Egypt lift their blockade of the Gaza Strip as a condition for a ceasefire. But ending the siege is not straightforward: it is easy to sit back and say that it must be done, but implementing it is a minefield.

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Egypt is the key player in any peace deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

The Gaza conflict is playing out against a much wider regional power-play that could be changing the balance in the Middle East.

A struggle is going on for influence between Egypt, aligned with Saudi Arabia and most of the other Gulf States, and, on the other side, Qatar and Turkey.

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Kerry pushes for ceasefire terms to be more favourable to Hamas

By Dovid Efune, July 24, 2014

Hamas is in bad shape.

The terror group's overseas benefactors are diminishing and rival groups within Gaza are seizing Jihadi market share. The new regime in Egypt is supremely unfriendly and after weeks of relentless targeting, the IDF now has Hamas in a terrible state.

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