Tag: Hamas

Analysis: The winner from the Israel-Turkey détente

Hamas and Turkey come out as the winners in the upcoming deal if reports in the Israeli media are correct.   Israel apparently has agreed to the presence of Hamas in Turkey as long as it does not involve itself directly in terrorist attacks against Israel, but limits itself to political and other supposedly nonviolent […]

Hamas: Turkey dropped condition that Israel lift Gaza siege before normalization

Amid reports about an approaching normalization deal between Israel and Turkey, Hamas claims that Turkey has renounced the condition that Israel lift the siege on Gaza that it has defined as a prerequisite for reconciliation.   In a conversation with the daily-Arab London-based newspaper Rai al-Youm, unnamed Hamas officials said: “Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan […]

Hamas and Fatah to hold talks in Qatar

Hamas and Fatah will hold new reconciliation talks in the Qatari capital of Doha next week, the Ma’an news agency reported Friday, citing a statement by Fatah Central Committee member Azzam al-Ahmad.   Al-Ahmad said that the focus of the talks would be to continue discussions on ways to implement the reconciliation agreement between the […]

UN ‘shocked’ over Hamas applauding Israel terror attack

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon claimed that he was “shocked” after learning that Hamas celebrated the jihadist attack killing four Israeli civilians and injuring more than a dozen — even though the militant Islamic group has been internationally recognized as a terrorist organization for some time.   American Center for Law and Justice Chief Counsel […]

Iron Dome intercepts rockets from sea for first time

Five years after the first Hamas rocket was shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system over the Israeli city of Ashkelon, the IDF has taken another unprecedented step by testing the system’s effectiveness while stationed on a naval vessel.   The tests, which took place in February, saw the Iron Dome system installed […]

Hamas, Israel agree to de-escalation

A general agreement has been reached between the warring sides after tremendous mediation effort by international parties in recent days and a great number of messages exchanged via intermediaries.   Israel, for its part, removed its forces from the perimeter, a 100-meter wide “buffer zone” along the border and inside Gazan territory. Construction crews working […]

‘Netanyahu never consulted the cabinet about Hamas tunnels before 2014 opera…

State Comptroller Yosef Shapira intends to publish a scathing report about Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014. The expected critique condemns the conduct of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, according to television news channels reporting Thursday.   A draft of the secret report was […]

‘Tunnel war’ heralds Hamas-IDF next clash

The IDF and Hamas are engaged in another round of warfare both above and below ground. The two sides are exchanging fire in the Gaza border area while the IDF continues its operations to locate the terror tunnels of the Hamas military wing. The IDF did the correct thing on Thursday by declaring areas near […]

IDF attacks four Hamas targets in Gaza

The IDF overnight Wednesday launched airstrikes against four terrorist targets belonging to Hamas in northern Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson said.   According to the statement, the attacks came in response to the ongoing mortar attacks against IDF forces engaged in operations near the border fence.   The statement stressed that the IDF views any acts […]

Hamas signals it is not interested in a renewed confrontation with Israel

Hamas is not interested in another war with Israel, but is prepared to fight if a military confrontation is imposed on it, a Hamas official in the Gaza Strip said on Sunday.   Mushir al-Masri, a top Hamas official, dismissed recent Israeli threats against his movement, saying they were intended for “local consumption.” The threats […]