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Israel launches ‘Operation Protective Edge’ against Hamas

By Charlotte Oliver, July 8, 2014

Israel began a major counter-offensive against Hamas early on Tuesday morning in response to escalating rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

The offensive, labelled Operation Protective Edge, began with air and sea strikes on at least 50 sites in Gaza, including four houses belonging to militants and 18 concealed rocket launchers.

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Lieberman pulls Yisrael Beiteinu out of deal with Likud

By Rosa Doherty, July 7, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is to dismantle the Likud-Beiteinu partnership.

Mr Lieberman said that he was withdrawing Yisrael Beiteinu from the party list it shares with Likud after he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagreed over how to respond to the rocket fire from Gaza.

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Israel fires warning to jihadis

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2014

As the jihadis in Iraq gain ground and control of the country's borders, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged this week that Israel plans to support Jordan if the Hashemite Kingdom is threatened.

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Time now to grieve

July 3, 2014

There was a grim inevitability that the hunt for Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach would eventually become a hunt for their murderers. But the news was no less gut-wrenching for being expected.

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Hundreds gather at London vigil for murdered teenagers

By Daniel Easterman, July 2, 2014

Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelit vigil outside the Israeli embassy on Wednesday night to express their solidarity with the bereaved families of the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and killed in the West Bank.

Representatives of major communal organisations were present, including the Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies, UJIA and the Zionist Federation.

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Israel mourns the loss of the three abducted boys

By Rosa Doherty, July 1, 2014
Israel mourns the loss of the three abducted boys. Credit: Natan Epstein/Tazpit News Agency:

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Bodies of kidnapped Israeli teenagers found

By JC Reporter, 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 near Hebron were 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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‘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.

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Israel names kidnapping suspects

By Orlando Radice, June 27, 2014

Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, has named two men it suspects of having abducted three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank two weeks ago.

Photographs of Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, two longstanding Hamas activists from the Hebron region, were distributed to the press yesterday.

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Rabbi’s Islam peace message to go on sale

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2014

A letter from an Israeli Chief Rabbi arguing that the closeness of Islam to Judaism could help the cause of Middle East peace is to go on sale tomorrow.

It was written by Israel’s first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, Isaac Herzog, in 1954 to Professor Abraham Katsh, who had published a book on “Judaism in Islam”,

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