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The Implications of Hamas' Attack Tunnels

The Implications of Hamas' Attack Tunnels Categories: Palestinians     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas Prime Minister, delivered a revealing speech on March 23, 2014, in which he stressed the strategic importance of the Hamas attack tunnels, which, he argued, have changed the balance of power with Israel, when taken together with his organisation's military build-up. In the

Why Hamas wanted a war

Why Hamas wanted a war Categories: Palestinians     Author: Harel Chorev

Unlike in the past, the latest escalation of violence between Hamas and Israel is not another tactical and limited round. It is instead part of a new strategic direction taken by Hamas in an effort to capitalise on the circumstances created by the July 2 murder of a Palestinian youth, apparently by

Gaza War - Again

Gaza War - Again Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Escalation was quick. What began with the abduction on June 12 of three Jewish teenagers, and the discovery of their bodies on June 30, resulted in the arrests of Hamas activists throughout the West Bank and intensified rocket barrages from Gaza on Israel - while Jewish extremists kidnapped and murd

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Scribblings: Proportionality Again

Scribblings: Proportionality Again Categories: Africa, Iraq, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In Nigeria, on July 19, the Boko Haram terror group reportedly took the town of Damboa, gunned down everyone they saw and burned most of the town to the ground. At least 100 people were killed - but the death toll may actually be considerably higher. Know about that one? Further, more than 15,000 p

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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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.

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,

Why Hamas does not want Gazans to heed Israel warnings

Why Hamas does not want Gazans to heed Israel warnings Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Robert Ellenhorn

While many Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other terror groups seek shelter in a network of fortified underground tunnels, the civilian population of Gaza is denied access to this shelter and is instead being encouraged to act as human shields against Israeli airstrikes intended to target terror infrastru

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.

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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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