Gaza

Israeli soldier killed as IDF moves into Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2014

An Israeli soldier has been killed in Gaza on the first night of the IDF’s ground operation in the Palestinian territory.

Sergeant Eitan Barak, a 20-year-old from Hertzliya, died during the operation.

Israel said it had killed 14 terrorists overnight as it targeted Hamas’ network of tunnels in the Gaza Strip.

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Once again, Iron Dome is a strategy-changer

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2014

The success of the Iron Dome missile defence system throughout Operation Protective Edge has allowed Israel to hold back, for now, from launching a ground offensive in Gaza.

The rocket shield has also allowed Israel to accept Egyptian proposals for a ceasefire, even when it was clear that Hamas would continue firing rockets.

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Will a ground war be the next step?

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2014

Israel was contemplating escalating its military offensive against Hamas and Islamic Jihad after the Palestinian groups rejected a ceasefire proposal backed by the Arab League, and continued to fire rockets from Gaza.

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Here we go again: even the Indians are angry

July 17, 2014

From India to France, anti-Israel protests erupted around the world this week.

One of the most terrifying demonstrations took place in Paris last Sunday, when a jihad-inspired march turned into what one observer likened to a "pogrom".

Protesters laid siege to Roquette Street Synagogue in the centre of the city, attacking the building with rocks as they attempted to break in.

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Bibi's restraint wins him friends abroad - and enemies at home

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2014

One description you don't usually hear of Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is "risk-averse". But in recent days, in the Israeli media and the upper echelons of the defence establishment, in Knesset corridors and even among foreign diplomats who rarely have a good word to say about Bibi, this label has been regularly attached to him.

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Neither US nor Palestinians will ever create peace. Only Israel can

By Shlomo Avineri, July 17, 2014

There is no doubt that those who launched the peace process in Oslo 21 years ago truly believed it would lead to a historic compromise between us and the Palestinians.

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Media's misdirected blame game

By Adam Levick, July 17, 2014

On Monday night, Israel formally accepted the Egyptian proposed ceasefire calling for an end to "all hostilities" between Hamas and Israel from the following morning.

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It's not a playground spat

By Jonathan Freedland, July 17, 2014

One of the joys of being the father of a teenage son is getting to glimpse, thanks to him, videos that have gone viral. The latest was made in 2012 but it's spread anew among Jewish teens. It's a South Park-style cartoon that, without words, depicts the background to the hostilities between Israel and Hamas.

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Ceasefire holds in Gaza as Nick Clegg criticises 'disproportionate' Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

The latest ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is holding, more than an hour after it came into effect.

Both sides agreed to hold fire for five hours to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, after nine days of extended fighting.

The truce began at 10am (8am UK) local time and is due to expire at 3pm (1pm UK).

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Woman removed from plane after Gaza war row

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2014

A Jewish woman was thrown off an American airline after a heated row with a Palestinian passenger about the conflict in Gaza.

Lisa Rosenberg was asked to leave the jetBlue flight from Palm Beach to New York after a heated row with a Palestinian woman, who was alleged to have called Ms Rosenberg “a Zionist pig” after overhearing her phone call.

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