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Israel weeps - but now the fallout

By Orlando Radice and Nathan Jeffay, July 3, 2014

It was a day all those present hoped they would never see.

For nearly three weeks, the prayers of every Israeli, parent and child had had been tied to the desperate belief that "their boys" would be found alive.

But at Modi'in cemetery on Tuesday, the raw grief of the tens of thousands of mourners poured out under the burning sun.

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'They've kidnapped me': A recording of the call kidnapped Israeli teenagers made to the police

July 1, 2014

A transcript of the emergency call one of the kidnapped teenagers made to the police.

Operator: "Police, hello."

Teenager: "They’ve kidnapped me."

(Shouting in background)

Kidnapper: "Head down! Head down!"

Operator: "Hello?"

Kidnapper: "Head down! Hands down!"

Operator: "Hello?

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Bodies of kidnapped teenagers found

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Police have found the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped by Hamas activists three weeks ago.

This evening Israeli authorities confirmed reports that the human remains found earlier this evening were indeed the bodies of the abducted teenagers.

The security cabinet convened an emergency meeting as the IDF boosted its military presence around Hebron.

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Israeli security officers sacked over kidnapping

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Israeli security officers have been dismissed after an investigative body found a “serious failure of conduct” on the night three teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas insurgents.

The investigative committee, which released its report today, found that operators monitoring the police emergency hotline had mishandled the phone call on the night of the kidnapping.

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Hamas links denied

By Simon Rocker, June 26, 2014

One of Britain's leading Muslim charities has rejected allegations of links with Hamas after being banned by the Israeli government last week from operating in the West Bank.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon accused Birmingham-based Islamic Relief Worldwide of funnelling money to Hamas-controlled organisations.

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Did UN man pass $20m to Hamas?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is trying to bar the UN's chief representative in the region from Israel over allegations that he tried to funnel funds to Hamas in Gaza.

Mr Lieberman's office confirmed over the weekend that he was in favour of declaring the UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry a persona non grata.

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Analysis: Hamas may yet be consumed by its own inferno

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 19, 2014

A kidnap of Israeli civilians or soldiers could have happened at any time in recent years.

Since Hamas released IDF Sergeant Gilad Shalit in October 2011, in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, the Shin Bet has detected 101 kidnap attempts by Palestinian organisations.

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Israel rejects Hamas-Fatah unity government

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked international governments to reject a new Palestinian Authority government made up of representatives from Fatah and Hamas, a terrorist group.

Mr Netanyahu, who issued a statement ahead of the “swearing-in” of the new Palestinian cabinet today, said Hamas “was calling for the destruction of Israel”.

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Peace talks close to death as Abbas does Hamas deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

The Israeli government called off talks to broker a resumption of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority after rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation deal on Wednesday.

The agreement was signed in Gaza at the home of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

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Netanyahu: Abbas deal with Hamas means no peace with Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2014

Hamas and Fatah have signed a groundbreaking reconciliation deal, amid the breakdown of the Palestinian Authority’s peace talks with Israel.

Representatives from the groups announced the deal today after a meeting in the Gaza Strip.

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