In a sign of increasing Hamas clout following Operation Pillar of Defense, long-time exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshal visited Gaza as part of Hamas’s 25th anniversary celebrations on Dec 8.
According to the Associated Press, Mashaal was greeted by a roaring crowd covered in Hamas’ green colors as he emerged onto the stage from a door built into a model of a rocket that was fired at Israel during the recent conflict. Additionally, some children were seen in the crowded dressed in military fatigues and carrying guns.
I read with dismay your letter about the UN vote upgrading the Palestinian status to observer state, and your subsequent letter expressing regret for the feelings of alienation that it caused, but affirming the essence of your original message.
Now that the dust is settling, both literally and figuratively, from Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, it is an appropriate time to reflect back on that very difficult if brief campaign, and particularly on how it ended– at least for now.
The rockets falling on southern Israel were anything but virtual, but for a week, school was. And the situation for students there during the recent Gaza war gives fresh relevance to the educational concept of “distance learning.”
In between running to the bomb shelter during eight days of Hamas rocket fire, Paz Azran, 17, kept up with her studies at the Israel Sci-Tech Henry Ronson High School in Ashkelon with the help of her computer and the school’s virtual school.
Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency arrested several Palestinians and an Arab Israeli for allegedly blowing up a bus in Tel Aviv.
The Shin Bet revealed that its agents had arrested the suspects, including an Arab Israeli, for the attack last week on a bus, Israeli media reported. The security service did not say how many suspects were arrested.
The Arab-Israeli suspect, a resident of Taibeh near Kfar Saba, placed the explosive device on the bus and notified his commander by phone, who set it off, the Shin Bet said.
On the second day of Rosh Hashanah (which seems now like one hundred years ago, so much has happened since then), I delivered a sermon about the uniquely critical dangers facing Israel in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the ongoing turmoil in Syria.