Gaza

Israel and the agonising endgame

By Toby Greene, August 1, 2014

What is Israel fighting for?

The human cost of this conflict is a source of sadness and despair, raising legitimate questions: What is Israel fighting for? Is it worth it? Does Israel have alternatives?

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A truce agreed - then war erupts within hours

By Orlando Radice, August 1, 2014

A 72-hour ceasefire agreed on last night by Israel and Hamas already appears to be falling apart.

The halt, brokered by the US and the EU, was due to take effect at 8am this morning local time. But within two hours, mortar shells had been fired from Gaza, landing near a town by the border, and Israeli forces had returned fire.

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Pro-Israel MP Margot James says country’s action in Gaza is ‘disproportionate’

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has come under pressure to alter the government’s stance on Israel’s action in Gaza.

Stourbridge MP Margot James, a strong supporter of Israel who has visited the country with Conservative Friends of Israel, said she was aghast at the scale of Palestinian suffering.

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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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Highest levels of hate for five years

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Antisemitic incidents in Britain rose by a third in the first six months of this year, and have rapidly increased further in the past four weeks as Israel's military operation in Gaza continues.

Figures published this week by the Community Security Trust showed more than 300 recorded cases between January and June, up 36 per cent on the same period last year.

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Prescott condemned over Gaza 'concentration camp' description

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Lord Prescott's description of Gaza as a "concentration camp" has been condemned on all sides of the political spectrum.

The former Deputy Prime Minister also wrote in his Sunday Mirror column that it was impossible not to view Israel's actions in Gaza as war crimes and compared the Israelis to Nazis.

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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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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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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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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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