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Editorial: Hamas’ War Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

With the decision on July 22 by most airlines to suspend services to Tel Aviv, the stakes of Israel's military confrontation with Hamas were taken to an unprecedented level. With the termination of this vital lifeline for Israel, no longer can it be claimed, even by those most cynical of Israel, th

Letter in The Age: Under threat Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians    

Your editorial (''Might overwhelms the right to defend'', 23/7) was inflammatory. Hamas, a terrorist organisation proscribed by many nations, including Australia, initiated this conflict by escalating rocket attacks across Israel. It rejected Israel's overtures to de-escalate, as well as three Arab

Hamas makes civilian casualties a tragic certainty

Hamas makes civilian casualties a tragic certainty Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Glen Falkenstein

More than 2,200 rockets have been fired by Hamas and other terrorist groups from the Gaza Strip into Israel since July 8, and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have responded by attacking terrorist targets in Gaza. Israel initially countered the rocket fire by telling Hamas, "quie

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Hamas accepting ceasefire is key

Hamas accepting ceasefire is key Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Terrorism     Author: Glen Falkenstein

THE difference between Israeli and Hamas tactics in the current Gaza conflict has been acknowledged by no less an authority than the Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council, Ibrahim Khraishi, who recently stated: "I am not a candidate in any Palestinian elections, so I don't need to wi

The Tunnel Dilemma

The Tunnel Dilemma Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Tonight’s Update focuses solely on Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in the wake of Israel's ground penetration into Gaza and, more specifically, the need to destroy the extensive Hamas tunnel network, snaking into Israel, that is at the heart of the Israeli incursion.

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In first interview Netanyahu explains to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Israel’s war aims

In first interview Netanyahu explains to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Israel’s war aims Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, United Nations, United States, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

On July 20, Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, gave his first formal media interview since Israel launched ‘Operation Protective Edge' in response to incessant Hamas rocket fire just over two weeks ago. The full interview can be viewed here. Speaking to CNN reporter, Wolf Blitzer,

Proof positive that Hamas hiding military assets in civilian infrastructure - 20 rockets found in an UNRWA school

Proof positive that Hamas hiding military assets in civilian infrastructure - 20 rockets found in an UNRWA school Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

While some commentators have been claiming that Hamas' placing of military assets in civilian areas can be explained by the small dense nature of the Gaza Strip, there is in fact overwhelming evidence that these claims are wrong. It is not simply a situation of Hamas fighters shooting rockets from i

Machinations over a Gaza ceasefire

Machinations over a Gaza ceasefire Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

As the fighting between Israel and Gaza continues into the seventh day, a ceasefire proposal brokered by Egypt is on the table and has been supported by both the US and Arab League. Israel has accepted the cease-fire proposal, but the proposal has been rejected by the armed wing of Hamas.

Real issue is no peace partner

Real issue is no peace partner Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

ISRAEL has again been forced to defend its civilians against unprovoked and indiscriminate massive rocket and other terror attacks from Hamas, a partner in the new Palestinian unity government, and kindred groups in Gaza... Israel responded at first with low-intensity raids, stating several times t

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