I begged Hamas for a ceasefire, but they said: No, bring it on

By Gershon Baskin, July 10, 2014

I spent hours this week trying to convince my main Hamas contact to speak to his leaders to call for an immediate, unconditional, 24-hour ceasefire in order to stop the escalation.

My message made it all the way up to Khaled Mashal, Hamas's leader. I wanted to help prevent the inevitable deaths of innocent people and the destruction that this war would cause.


Life comes to grinding halt across Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 10, 2014

Israelis living around the borders of Gaza and in the northern Negev region have become accustomed to having their lives disrupted by mortar and rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.


Amid carnage, families of the murdered reach out to 'enemy'

By Shira Rubin, July 10, 2014

The killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16-year-old resident of East Jerusalem found in the Jerusalem forest on Wednesday, was assumed to be a retribution attack for last month's abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers.

While the murder of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers has unleashed calls for vengeance on both sides, there have also been remarkable gestures of condolence.


Israel Tour organisers promise safe passage

By Marcus Dysch, July 10, 2014

Israel tour organisations in the UK have moved to reassure parents that their teenage children will be safe despite the escalating violence.

UJIA Israel Experience, which co-ordinates tours for more than 1,200 young Jews from movements including Bnei Akiva, FZY, Habonim Dror, RSY-Netzer and Noam, said it was in regular contact with parents and was giving the situation its full attention.


Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will increase assault on Hamas

By Marcus Dysch, July 9, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the country will increase its assault on Hamas and terrorist organisations in Gaza.

His announcement came in a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon after another day of rocket attacks on Israel.


Rockets rain down on Israel, from Beersheva to Haifa

By Marcus Dysch, July 9, 2014

More than 120 rockets have been fired on Israel from the Gaza strip in the past 24 hours.

The Israeli Defence Force said it had struck more than 160 Hamas terror bases in Gaza in response, killing 20 Palestinians.

The IDF said its current ‘Protective Edge’ operation would continue until firing at Israel stops.


EU's €24m Gaza monitor does no monitoring

July 4, 2014

The most inactive European Union body in the Middle East is hiring.

By its own admission, EUBAM has not done its specified job for seven years: it is in charge of supervising a border - the crossing between Gaza and Egypt - that has been closed almost every day since June 2007.


‘Ex-Fatah militants’ killed in IDF Gaza strike

By Daniel Easterman, June 27, 2014

The Israeli air force has hit a target in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two people and wounding several others, according to Palestinian reports.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the target was a vehicle driving along Gaza’s main coastal road near the al-Shati refugee camp, not far from the home of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.


Mahmoud Abbas condems Gaza rocket fire on Israel

By Daniel Easterman, June 11, 2014

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the firing of a rocket into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip this morning.

Israel said it would hold Mr Abbas responsible for future rocket attacks coming from Gaza after the swearing in of a new Fatah-Hamas unity government earlier this month.


IDF and Hamas taking digs at each other over discovery of Gaza tunnel

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

The discovery of a large tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel has led to a war of words between Israel and Hamas.

The tunnel, one of the longest discovered so far, leads 700 metres east of the border, and runs close to the Israeli communities of Kibbutz Nirim and Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, according to the Israeli army officers who uncovered it.