Gaza

Southern Israel On Alert As Netanyahu Vows To Strike Terrorists

03/11/2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel remains on alert against an attack from Sinai despite killing the terrorist leader that was planning an attack from there -- an assassination that has led to a barrage of rockets raining down on southern Israel from Gaza by terrorist groups.

Hamas Concedes That Gaza Is Not Occupied, So Where Is The UN?

01/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

In a stunning about-face, and after decades of violence justified by excuses of being under occupation, this week Hamas has admitted that Gaza is not occupied by Israel. And yet, the United Nations, which has long been reluctant to acknowledge Gaza's change in status, is still silent on the issue.

Rockets Disrupt Brief Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

08/22/2011

Within hours of a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza, reportedly brokered by Egypt, two rockets were fired into southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces reported Monday.

"Just now, despite the ceasefire, 2 more rockets were fired from gaza into southern Israel, home to more than 1 million Israelis," the IDF's spokesperson said in a Twitter message.

Israel To Redeploy Iron Dome In South

08/05/2011

Israel is redeploying the Iron Dome short range missile defense system near its Gaza Strip border because of a recent intensification of rocket fire.

Israeli newspapers reported Friday that Ehud Barak, the defense minister, ordered the redeployment at the request of local authorities in the region.

At least 30 rockets were fired in July. The Israeli army has responded with air raids.

 

Hamas Publishes Details Of Shalit Capture

07/26/2011

Hamas published operational details about its abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

As part of events marking five years since its gunmen tunneled across the Gaza Strip border to seize Shalit, the Hamas website Al-Qassamiyoun this week featured an expose on the operation it dubbed "Shattered Illusions."

The site confirmed what already has been reported in Israel about the June 25, 2006 raid, during which three of Shalit's comrades where killed while he was spirited, wounded, back to Gaza.

Palestinian Marriage Of Inconvenience On The Rocks

When Fatah signed its power-sharing agreement with Hamas back in May the deal was hailed as part of Mahmoud Abbas' bold strategy to bolster his bid for U.N. recognition and membership by showing the Palestinians were united in their desire for statehood. 

Flotilla Activists Jumping Ship

Discouragement from Israel and other governments leaves only the most determined activists on deck.

07/05/2011
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Earlier this week, as the Greek government continued to prohibit a flotilla of boats bent on breaking Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza from leaving Greek waters, a leader of the Free Gaza movement appeared to let down her guard for a moment.

When a reporter from the Irish Times asked whether the coalition of activist organizations would allow Greece to channel the cargo to Gaza, Greta Berlin, the movement’s co-founder and spokesperson, gave an emphatic “No.”

First Flotilla Ship Eludes Greeks, Sets Sail For Gaza

07/05/2011

A small ship bound for Gaza eluded the Greek coast guard, while a second was intercepted and returned to port.

The small ship, a French boat with eight protesters aboard, left Greek waters Tuesday as the first vessel of a Gaza-bound flotilla attempting to break the Israeli naval blockade of the coastal strip.

The Dignite al Karama will arrive in international waters near Gaza in about two days, the French news agency AFP reported.

Reps. Call On U.S. To Ensure Safety Of Americans In Gaza Flotilla

06/27/2011

(JTA) -- Six Democratic lawmakers urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ensure the safety of the American citizens who join the Gaza flotilla.

U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), William Clay (D-Mo.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) signed a letter to Clinton last Friday expressing their concern for the safety of the passengers who will be aboard the U.S. ship The Audacity of Hope. Filner is Jewish.

Israel, Germans Work For Shalit's Release on 5th Anniversary

06/26/2011

Efforts are intensifying for the release of Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit on the fifth anniversary of his capture by the terrorist organization Hamas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel had accepted a German-mediated deal for Shalit's release, and was awaiting Hamas' response.

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