Gaza

Gaza-Israel Border Heats Up as Hamas Acquires New Weapons

12/29/2010
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JERUSALEM (JTA) -- After two years of relative quiet since the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, Israel's southern border with Gaza is again becoming volatile.

Last week, Gazans fired a rocket into Israel that landed close to a kindergarten in a kibbutz near Ashkelon just as parents were dropping off their children. Although no one was hurt, nothing like that had happened since the war.

Israel Protests Gaza Rockets in U.N.

12/22/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has filed a complaint in the United Nations over rocket attacks from Gaza.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Security Council President Susan Rice, Meron Reuben, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, called on the body to "send a clear and resolute message that these attacks are unacceptable."

Gaza Rocket Attacks Pound Israel

12/20/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Southern Israel was pounded by rockets fired from Gaza.

Seven mortar shells fired from exploded Monday morning in open areas of the western Negev, between Beersheba and Ashkelon.

On Sunday evening, four rockets struck south of Ashkelon.

WikiLeaks Reveals Secrets, Backroom Dealmaking—and Cluelessness

12/01/2010
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A careful reading of the WikiLeaks trove of State Department cables -- which is laying bare some 250,000 secret dispatches detailing private conversations, assessments and dealmaking of U.S. diplomats -- reveals a notable if perhaps surprising pattern: how often they get things wrong.

Again and again the cables show diplomats, lawmakers and heads of state predicting outcomes that never come to pass.

Leaked Document: Netanyahu Supported Land Swaps

11/30/2010
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JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United States in early 2009 that he supported land swaps in a peace agreement with the Palestinians, a leaked document shows.

Netanyahu also said in the meeting with a delegation of U.S. officials in Israel two weeks after Israel's last national election that Israel does not want to control Gaza and the West Bank, according to a WikiLeaks cable released on Monday.

Palestinians Eyeing One-State Solution, Poll Finds

11/22/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A majority of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza view the two-state solution as a precursor to one Palestinian state, a new poll found.

The poll sponsored by The Israel Project found in a series of questions to respondents that most of the Palestinians have not reconciled themselves to the long-term existence of the Jewish state.

Aid Convoy Enters Gaza

10/21/2010

(JTA) -- An international aid convoy entered Gaza from Egypt.

The Viva Palestina convoy of nearly 140 vehicles, $5 million in aid and 370 passengers from 30 countries, entered Gaza through the Rafah crossing on Thursday afternoon. The convoy reportedly was carrying school and medical supplies.

The convoy left more than a month ago from London, travelling by land and sea through France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Syria before reaching Egypt.

Gaza has been under a naval blockade by Israel since Hamas took over the coastal strip in 2007.

Israeli Officials Speak of ‘Phased’ Jordan Valley Presence

10/15/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel's presence in the Jordan Valley under a peace agreement would be "phased," Israel's U.S. ambassador told an audience of Muslim and Arab Americans.

Michael Oren at a dinner arranged by the Center for Middle East Peace said Wednesday night that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "stated his commitment to continuing a phased Israeli army presence in the Jordan Valley."

"We understand that this may conflict with the search for dignity on the part of the Palestinians. That is why we stress the word phased," he said.

Israeli Soldiers Convicted Of Using Human Shield

10/05/2010

 

An Israeli military court convicted two soldiers of using a Palestinian child as a human shield during the Gaza war.

Israel hits Gaza targets in retaliatory airstrikes

07/27/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli airstrikes reportedly destroyed a weapons manufacturing site and two smuggling tunnels in the Gaza Strip.

Monday's attacks were in response to rocket and mortar fire from Gaza on southern Israel over the weekend, according to an Israel Defense Forces statement.

No Israeli troops were injured, according to news reports.

Four rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Saturday. One reportedly was manufactured outside of Gaza and can be aimed with much better accuracy, according to reports.

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