Tag: Gaza

Quartet urges revival of peace talks, reconstruction of Gaza

Talks broke down last April with the Palestinians angry at continued building of Jewish settlements in occupied territory and Israel furious at attempts to bring Hamas, which officially denies Israel’s right to exist, into the Palestinian government. “The Quartet underlined the importance of the parties resuming negotiations as soon as possible,” the group comprising the […]

Israeli prime minister calls for scrapping UN Gaza war probe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called for scrapping a U.N. commission, which is tasked with investigating potential war crimes committed last summer in Gaza, after the inquiry’s chief resigned amid accusations from Israel that he was biased against the country.   Netanyahu said the commission, set up by the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights […]

We can reduce Israeli-Palestinian conflict to Israel-Gaza conflict

Famous author Amos Oz said on Sunday that “in a few short months we can reduce the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to an Israel-Gaza conflict.”   In a speech on the IDF and Israeli society at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Oz was explaining that he believes peace could be reached quickly with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud […]

‘Israel knew about the Gaza tunnel threat but did nothing about it’

Heavy criticism has been directed against the political and security establishments regarding the IDF being unprepared for the scope of the Hamas tunnel threat during last year’s Operation Protective Edge.   On Saturday, former OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant, who is also the number two candidate for the Knesset on the Koolanu list, […]

Hamas Blames Abbas for Gaza Siege

Senior Hamas MP Fathi Hammad on Wednesday accused Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, along with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) unity government Hamas formed with Abbas, of being part of the “siege” on Gaza.   Hammad, formerly Hamas Interior Minister, told the Palestinian Arab Ma’an News Agency that Abbas and the unity government are cooperating with the blocking of […]

Mother of 4-year-old killed by mortar during Gaza war testifies in UN inquir…

Israel is officially boycotting a UN commission investigating possible war crime committed during Operation Protective Edge, known as the Schabas Commission, but this has not stopped Gaza border community members from testifying in front of the commission. In the past few days, several residents have given their testimony, including the mother of Daniel Tregerman – […]

Unity government has failed Gaza

The national consensus government took office in June following a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and the Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, ending seven years of rival administrations in the West Bank and Gaza. Technocratic in nature, its mandate was to unify governance of the two territories and prepare for elections. It was later […]

IDF to withdraw from Gaza border communities

As part of the new decision, new security measures such as electronic fences will be provided to communities located at a distance of more than one kilometer (0.621 miles) from the Gaza Strip. Soldiers will continue to protect the kibbutzim of Nahal Oz and Kerem Shalom, as well as the community of Netiv Haasara. The […]

Gaza factions could resume rocket fire on Israel

“There is concern over symbolic solitary rocket strikes from the Gaza Strip as an act of solidarity with the Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as we saw last weekend in Eshkol with the rocket fire carried out by Islamic Jihad,” he said, adding that, “If Hamas could carry out attacks in the […]

Israel committed war crimes during this summer’s Gaza war

A leading human rights group has accused Israel of committing war crimes during this summer’s war in Gaza.   “Israeli forces have brazenly flouted the laws of war by carrying out a series of attacks on civilian homes, displaying callous indifference to the carnage caused,” said Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty’s Middle East and North […]