Tag: Gaza

Israel presents its own report on Gaza war: Hamas is to blame

In a move designed to blunt the impact of an upcoming UN report on last summer’s Gaza conflict expected to castigate Israel, Jerusalem on Sunday rolled out its own 277- page report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said presented the “true picture” of Operation Protective Edge.   “The report proves unequivocally that the actions carried […]

In south, Israelis fear rerun of last year’s Gaza war

“We want a quiet summer, without air raid sirens and without having to pick up and move all over the country. We simply want to be at home and to enjoy ourselves.” Speaking Sunday at the opening of a film festival in Sderot, President Reuven Rivlin also commented on the current tension in the south. […]

ISIS-linked rebels trying to spark conflict between us

Israel’s defense establishment knows that the recent “trickles” of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel must be stopped before it becomes a routine occurrence. But while Israel has officially placed the responsibility for Wednesday night’s rocket fire on Gaza’s leadership, Hamas is having a hard time reining in Salafi and jihadist groups in […]

ISIS Threat In Gaza Turns Hamas Into A Counterterrorism Player For Israel And Egypt

The scene earlier this month in the Gaza Strip was unusual to say the least: Hamas, the hardcore Sunni Muslim group ruling the Gaza Strip, was bulldozing a Sunni mosque in the heart of Gaza. The mosque was believed to be a base for fighters belonging to a new group called Supporters of the Islamic […]

Hamas blasts ‘unfair’ Amnesty report alleging war crimes in Gaza

Hamas on Wednesday dismissed as “unfair and unprofessional” a report by Amnesty International that accused its security forces of killing and torturing Palestinians during last year’s Operation Protective Edge.   The Hamas Interior Ministry condemned the report, which was released for publication early Wednesday. “The report was based on sensationalism and exaggeration of a few […]

‘Gazans are not psychologically prepared for a new war with Israel’

In light of the recent flare-up in violence, Gazans remain apprehensive over the prospect of renewed large-scale hostilities.   Israel responded to a rocket that was fired at Gan Yavne on Tuesday night, shattering nearly a year of relative calm. The Israeli Air Force attacked four targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning in […]

Evac Program Launched Ahead of Future Wars

The IDF and local Regional Councils are already preparing residents of the Gaza Belt area for another war, and have prepared an evacuation plan following the mass exodus from the area during Operation Protective Edge, according to a report released Friday.   The Gaza Belt was hit hardest by Hamas rocket and mortar fire, sparking […]

Twilight zone? Hamas vs. ISIS in Gaza

In a major escalation, Islamist Salafists on Monday planted a bomb on Hamas’s security headquarters in Gaza City, damaging a peripheral wall of the central structure.   Hours earlier, Gazan Salafists posted an online message threatening to “act against chosen targets” if Hamas did not release Islamist prisoners within 72 hours.   The Salafists were […]

Vatican recognizes ‘Palestine’ despite desecration of holy sites

The Palestinians’ “state” comprises the territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and eastern sections of Jerusalem, which encompass some of the most important churches and sites in Christianity.   The Vatican move comes despite the PA’s history of holy site desecration, the persecution of Christians and the Palestinians’ failure to ensure freedom of worship […]

As Palestinians go to ICC, NGO files war crimes complaint against Hamas

Shurat Hadin on Monday filed a war crimes complaint with the US Department of Justice against a range of Hamas commanders for indiscriminate rocket fire against Ben-Gurion Airport during the summer Gaza war.   The complaints by 26 Americans on flights which were redirected or cancelled or were present at the airport on July 22 […]