Israel news

Truce holds but both sides keep fingers on trigger

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

Israeli negotiators were seeking to hammer out a lasting truce with Hamas as the JC went to press on Wednesday night.

It is unclear, however, what that agreement will look like as Hamas refuses to contemplate dismantling its military infrastructure and the Israeli government has yet to formulate a detailed alternative to its policy of blockading the Gaza Strip.

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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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Increased West Bank terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

As the ceasefire in Gaza went into effect this week, fears are growing of a wave of terror attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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Ceasefire holds firm as talks continue in Cairo

By Daniel Easterman, August 6, 2014

The latest truce between Israel and Hamas is still in place as negotiators gather in Cairo for permanent ceasefire talks.

The 72-hour pause in the fighting began when Israel unilaterally withdrew its ground forces, initiating a process of de-escalation.

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Jerusalem hit by two terror attacks

By Sandy Rashty, August 4, 2014

Israelis were targeted in two separate terrorist attacks in Jerusalem this afternoon.

One civilian was killed after a terrorist drove a tractor into a moving bus, causing it to tip over.

The unidentified victim died as a result of the collision; another seven were injured.

The terrorist was shot dead by police.

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Israel withdraws majority of forces from Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, August 4, 2014

Israel has withdrawn most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip and declared a unilateral, humanitarian ceasefire – the eighth temporary break in the fighting since hostilities began.

The ceasefire is set to last for seven hours from 7am GMT, but will not include the Rafah area where Israeli operations are continuing.

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Israel mobilises thousands more reserve troops

By Daniel Easterman, July 31, 2014

Israel has called up another 16,000 reserve soldiers to boost its ongoing campaign to destroy Hamas’ tunnel network in Gaza.

This latest call-up brings the number of IDF troops involved in Operation Protective Edge to 86,000.

In an interview with Israel Radio, IDF Southern Command General Sami Turjeman said rapid progress was being made.

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Israel agonises over endgame as truces turn to dust

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2014

As the conflict in Gaza entered its fourth week and the prospects of a ceasefire looked slim, the Israeli security cabinet was split over whether to expand the operation and strike at the Hamas leadership or to continue a limited action to eradicate the terror group's tunnels.

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Israel declares humanitarian ceasefire

By Daniel Easterman, July 30, 2014

The Israel Defence Force has initiated a four-hour ceasefire for humanitarian relief in Gaza, which began at 3pm local time.

Lt Col Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the IDF warned that if Hamas did not respect the truce, things “are going to get messier”.

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Fifteen killed in Gaza school, Hamas rockets found next to classrooms

By Daniel Easterman, July 30, 2014

A UN school in Gaza’s Jabaliya refugee camp was shelled by the Israeli military early on Tuesday morning, killing 15 and leaving a further 90 wounded, according to Gaza health officials.

The school was being used by hundreds of Palestinians as a shelter to escape the fighting, said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the UN aid agency, UNRWA.

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