Tag: Gaza

Israeli opposition leader: Unilateral withdrawal from Gaza was a ‘mistake’

Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog said Tuesday the disengagement from Gaza was a “mistake” with regards to security, but nevertheless was necessary in order to prevent Israel from becoming a binational state.   Speaking at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of the withdrawal from Gaza, the head of the Zionist Union said future […]

Israeli jets strike Gaza terror targets in retaliation for overnight rocket fire

The Israel Air Force attacked targets in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Thursday morning, in response to a rocket that was fired into Israel a few hours prior.   Hamas confirmed the strikes, saying that Israeli jets had attacked an Al-Qassam Brigades training camp in Al Bureij in the center of the […]

Cleared for publication: Two Israelis missing in Gaza

“Although we have no sign of life, the working assumption is that the man is alive,” the source said.   Since Mengistu crossed into Gaza in September 2014, the Israeli defense establishment has carried out numerous efforts to secure his release, all of which have failed. The man was never drafted into the IDF due […]

IDF: Hamas Aiding ISIS to Reopen Gaza Smuggling

Israel has claimed that Hamas is aiding ISIS’s branch in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in order to free up arms-smuggling routes into Gaza, in preparation for its next war with Israel.   In an interview with Israel Radio, a senior IDF officer responsible for monitoring Israel’s southern borders with Gaza and Egypt claimed that, despite the ideological differences between them, a […]

Hamas Chief Says Armed Wing ‘Stronger’ than Ever

Nearly a year since the end of a devastating 51-day war and armed Palestinian groups in Gaza are stronger than ever, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh asserted on Wednesday.   Speaking during a tour of Rafah, Palestinian media reported, Haniyeh claimed that Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades military wing is more powerful and prepared for protecting Gaza from “Zionist” threats than ever before.   Haniyeh said upcoming days […]

Gaza becoming center for export of ISIS fighters

Last month, when ISIS militants took over Turkmen villages in Aleppo, the second largest city of Syria, the terrorist group installed a new “governor” there who is a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip.   In recent weeks, Hamas has been facing perhaps the biggest challenge to its rule in the form of rival Salafist groups […]

Israel seizes activist flotilla headed to Gaza

The Swedish boat “Marianne,” a part of a four-boat flotilla which tried to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, was towed into the Ashdod port on Monday night by the Israeli Navy after being taken over by commandos from the Shayetet 13 special forces unit in the very early hours of the day.   […]

Israel supporters to rally in Geneva against UNHRC Gaza report

Pro-Israel activists and human rights groups plan to rally in Geneva on Monday against the presentation of a UN Human Rights Council report that day, which charges that both Israel and armed Palestinian groups may have committed war crimes in Gaza last summer.   The report was published earlier this week, but this coming Monday […]

Expert: Israel Didn’t Commit War Crimes in Gaza

“Of course in any situation of armed conflict you have soldiers who may have acted inappropriately or who may have engaged in criminal activity, that’s in every armed conflict, and Israel has very robust investigation procedures in place to find out who those people are and, if they had done something wrong, to punish them,” […]

‘Those who violated human rights in Gaza should be prosecuted’

Those who committed human rights violations in Gaza should be held accountable, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein said in Geneva on Monday.   He spoke in advance of the release of a UN Human Rights Council report that is expected to charge Israel with war crimes for its 2014 Operation […]