Gaza Strip

What Disengagement Wrought

Ten years on, lessons from the Gaza pullout.

Contributing Editor

It was one of the most dramatic decisions ever taken by an Israeli administration. Ten years ago, on Sept. 11, Israel held a flag-lowering ceremony in the Gaza Strip, and the next day, it pulled out its last troops. (The 9,000 or so Israeli settlers who had been living in Gaza left a month earlier, in August 2005.)

Nathan Jeffay

Captured Hamas Fighter Provides Terror Tunnel Information


Jerusalem — A captured Hamas fighter has provided information to Israeli security services about the location of tunnels between Gaza and Israel, planned attacks on Israel and the Hamas-Iran connection.

U.N. Report Finds Israel, Palestinians May Have Committed War Crimes


Jerusalem — Israel’s military and Palestinian armed groups committed “serious violations” of international human rights law during their conflict last summer that in some cases may amount to war crimes, according to a United Nations report.

Bomb-damaged homes still scar the landscape in Gaza City, June 15, 2015. JTA

Israeli Report Says Gaza Operation ‘Justified Under International Law’


Jerusalem — Israel was “justified under international law” for launching its operation in Gaza last summer, according to a report issued by Israel.

Israel Asks U.S. To Help Thwart War Crimes Charges

Staff Writer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked a visiting congressional delegation today to try to stop the Palestinian Authority from joining the International Criminal Court and then filing war crimes charges against Israel.

Does Hamas Manipulate Casualty Figures To Gain World Sympathy?

The Media Line

The latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas extends far beyond the urban warfare playing out in the cities and towns of the Gaza Strip; the Israeli cities targeted by waves of Palestinian rockets; and the seek-and-destroy mission of locating and eradicating the elaborate and intricate network of tunnels revealed to extend deep into Israeli territory and beneath southern Israeli communities.

NBC=Not Bothering Checking

Towards the end of a report on the Nightly News Monday evening NBC Anchor Brian Williams read a statement from Hamas accusing Israel of "murdering" hundreds of civilians and denying that his group had ever targeted Israeli civilians.

Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan did not appear on camera, as he has on other networks, but Williams read his statement:

Interfaith Leaders Launch Daylong Unity Fast For Mideast Peace


While the violence escalates in Israel and Gaza, a movement is taking hold that unites Jews, Muslims and others in a campaign for peace.

Obama To Jewish Leaders: Peace Prospects Are Bleak


President Obama believes prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are “bleak,” but he still will urge both sides to avoid unilateral actions that might further damage a process he hopes will be back on track within a year.

That was the message Obama delivered Thursday in a meeting with about 25 Jewish community figures at the White House to discuss his planned trip to Israel later this month. Obama was especially engaged, participants said, when it came to discussing how he might best convey to the Israeli people his enthusiasm for Israel and its Jewish history.

Exiled Hamas Leader, In Gaza Visit, Promises More Jihad



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.

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