Gaza

Israel's political split grows

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

With the fighting in Gaza apparently over, Knesset members have begun to acclimatise themselves to a different political landscape.

The split within Likud between centrists and right-wingers has become more pronounced.

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Israel in tears over soldier who was abducted - then wasn't

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

For long hours on Friday, the IDF believed Hamas may have succeeded in capturing Lieutenant Hadar Goldin and spiriting him away through a tunnel to Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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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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Warsi: Was she already on her way out?

August 7, 2014

David Cameron has resisted party pressure to adopt a more hardline response to Israel's actions in Gaza.

Backbench efforts to force a change in position were boosted when Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi quit because she could no longer support the government line.

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Miliband: MPs call judgment into question

August 7, 2014

Ed Miliband's position on Israel has been attacked by former Labour ministers, Jewish party supporters and the Jewish Leadership Council.

The Labour leader has adopted an increasingly tough stance, calling Operation Protective Edge "wrong and unjustifiable" and he has attacked David Cameron for not opposing Israel's actions.

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Clegg: stance 'needs to be even-handed'

August 7, 2014

Nick Clegg has been accused of "having no backbone" following his call for an arms embargo on Israel. The Liberal Democrat leader and Business Secretary Vince Cable, pushed for a full suspension of licences for arms exports.

Mr Clegg said the Israeli military had "overstepped the mark in Gaza" and Britain should act in response.

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Dear Ed, this is why my love affair with Labour is over

By Kate Bearman, August 7, 2014

I've been a supporter of the Labour Party for 20 years but my support is over.

I feel I don't recognise the party of principle and serious government that I knocked on doors and delivered leaflets for. It has let me down.

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Beyond the water's edge: posturing politicians break old bonds

By Robert Philpot, August 7, 2014

When the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Arthur Vandenberg, offered his backing in 1948 for Democrat Harry Truman's establishment of NATO, he declared that "politics stops at the water's edge".

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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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