Gaza

Hamas fight on with no endgame and nothing left to lose

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

It is unclear who is currently calling the shots in Hamas. Is it the political or military leadership in Gaza, both currently underground, or the "external" leaders shuttling between Ankara, Doha and Cairo?

What is clear is that the only man who can ultimately sign off on a ceasefire is the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades chief of staff, Mohammed Deif.

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Ceasefire won't end Netanyahu's battles on the political front

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

A political battle awaits Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the moment a ceasefire with Hamas will be on the table. The Israeli security cabinet, which will be the forum where the proposal is voted on, will be split on whether to accept a truce or continue advancing into Gaza.

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UK olim under fire: after denial, 'it's like the Blitz'

By Nathan Jeffay, July 24, 2014

Until Saturday night, Sara-Jane Landsman had never locked her front door.

"This is kibbutz, not Willesden where I grew up," she said. "But when I heard about the tunnels from Gaza, I locked the door for the first time in 28 years."

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Devastating exchanges in Hamas 'hub'

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

The eastern suburb of Gaza City, Shujaiyeh, has become a symbol of the conflict for both the Israeli and Palestinian sides following heavy casualties in fighting there this week. Palestinian sources claim that at least 60 people were killed, though some versions say it was the toll was as high as 100.

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Israel backed by thousands at London rally

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

Kensington High Street was awash with Israeli flags as British Jews demonstrated their support at a Zionist Federation (ZF) rally on Sunday.

An estimated 5,000 people - from children to grandparents – showed their solidarity, singing Am Yisrael Chai and the Hatikvah and holding aloft placards demanding an end to Hamas terrorism.

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Lib Dem MP David Ward reported to police over Gaza

By JC Reporter, July 24, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP has been reported to the police after suggesting that he would probably fire rockets at Israel if he was living in Gaza.

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Attacks on UK Jews rising, reports the CST

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2014

Antisemitic incidents in Britain are rising in the wake of Israel's operation in Gaza.

The Community Security Trust says 70 incidents have been reported since July 8.

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US Federal Aviation Authority lifts Israel flight ban

By Daniel Easterman, July 24, 2014

The US Federal Aviation Authority has lifted its ban on all American flights to Israel.

The aviation body reversed its earlier decision to extend the ban for another 24 hours after intensive consultations with Israeli security officials.

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Richard Kemp Analysis: The war crimes have been committed by Hamas

By Richard Kemp, July 24, 2014

No decent person could remain unmoved by the images of children bleeding in the street and dead babies on the mortuary slab. I have seen such sights in the flesh and feel the horror as much as anybody.

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Lib Dems will discipline David Ward over Gaza tweet

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2014

The Liberal Democrats have condemned an MP who backed Hamas rockets being fired into Israel.

David Ward, the MP for Bradford East, tweeted on Tuesday evening: “The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes”

The statement was condemned by the party.

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