Secretary Kerry, totally frustrated says, “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire.”
VIENNA — US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Hamas for powering through a ceasefire with Israel, brokered by the Egyptian government and accepted by Israel’s cabinet Tuesday morning.
John Kerry – Photo: REUTERS
At least 35 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip since the ceasefire was set to begin, mere hours ago.
“I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire, in which Egypt and Israel worked together, that the international community strongly supports,” Kerry told reporters in Vienna on Tuesday morning. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Security Cabinet announces it accepts Egyptian cease-fire offer.
Ignoring ceasefire, Hamas continues firing rockets at Israel, and as far as Zikhron Ya’akov, just south of Haifa.
Hamas’s rejection of the cease fire “gives Israel full legitimacy to expand the operation to protect our people,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday, after dozens of rockets hit Israel after the 9am start of the Egyptian-offered truce. Israel’s cabinet voted in favor of the truce, while Hamas’ military wing rejected the proposal.
PM Netanyahu’s Meeting with German Foreign Minister – Screenshot
“We agreed to the Egyptian proposal in order to give an opportunity for the demilitarization of the (Gaza) Strip – from missiles, from rockets and from tunnels – through diplomatic means,” he told reporters during an earlier press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Continue Reading »
Where as Israel agrees there is room for discussion, Hamas is first waiting for a tangible victory to show the Palestinian people. No Israeli killed yet.
By Elior Levy
Egypt and another Arab country, most likely Qatar, have put together an initial draft of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and presented it to both parties Saturday.
Hamas has so far refused to discuss the terms of the cease-fire, while Israel has expressed to the authors its willingness to meet to discuss the details of the deal.
The cease-fire draft is divided into two sections: security and socioeconomic.
The security aspect includes among other items the demands by Hamas for the release of 56 prisoners who were freed as part of the 2011 Shalit swap deal, but rearrested by Israel during the IDF operation followed the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank last month. Continue Reading »
After latest retaliatory attack on 3 terror targets, Israel will wait 24 hrs to allow the Egyptian gov’t to broker a ceasefire, which Jerusalem hopes will restore calm to southern Israel.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
The Israel Air Force has struck targets in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday evening in retaliation for the Palestinian rocket barrage that pounded the south, Channel 10 reported. There is no word of casualties.
Israel Air Force F-16 Netz/Barak – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson Unit
Israel will wait an additional 24 hours to allow the Egyptian government to broker a ceasefire which Jerusalem hopes will restore calm along the Gaza frontier, Channel 10 television reported on Friday. Continue Reading »
“Honoring the hudna (temporary ceasefire) which was arranged & sponsored by our Egyptian brethren is the duty of each & every one of us,” ruled the cleric. “Violating the agreement shall constitute a sin.”
An Islamic cleric in Gaza has issued a religious edict declaring it a sin to violate the truce arranged last week between Israel and Hamas. The fatwa – a religious edict – was ruled by Imam Suleiman al-Daya late Saturday.
IAF targets Hamas weapons factory in Gaza
Israel news photo: IDF/Archive
“Honoring the hudna (temporary ceasefire) which was arranged and sponsored by our Egyptian brethren is the duty of each and every one of us,” ruled the cleric. Continue Reading »
Hamas leader tells Ahmadinejad ‘victory’ over Israel belongs to All Muslims
By Elior Levy
Ahmadinejad (L) and Haniyeh – Photo: AP
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh on Friday and congratulated him on the “resistance’s victory following the Israeli aggression that lasted eight days.”
Senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Zahar acknowledged on Friday that the rockets fired by Hamas’ armed wing toward Israel during the latest round of fighting were “Iranian rockets in Palestinian hands.”
Speaking at a procession in Gaza, al-Zahar criticized the Fatah movement and the Palestinian Authority, saying they played no part in the “victory” over Israel. Continue Reading »
By leaving Gaza, Israel was saying – as it had in Lebanon – that it had no right to be there. And if it had no right to be there, it had no right to return.
By CAROLINE B. GLICK
The cease-fire agreement that Israel accepted Wednesday night to end the current round of Palestinian rocket and missile attacks is not a good deal for Israel by any stretch of the imagination.
At best, Israel and Hamas are placed on the same moral plane. The cease-fire erases the distinction between Israel, a peace-seeking liberal democracy that wants simply to defend its citizens, and Hamas, a genocidal jihadist terrorist outfit that seeks the eradication of the Jewish people and the destruction of Israel. Continue Reading »
In unusual move, Hamas enforce fragile 2-day-old truce by evacuating Gazans from IDF’s’no-go’ border zone.
Relative of man killed says he was ‘trying to put a Hamas flag on the fence’
Hamas Islamists enforced a fragile two-day-old truce on Friday by evacuating Palestinians from a “no-go” border zone after Israel shot dead a Gaza resident there in the first fatality since the ceasefire.
Gaza border (archives) – Photo: B’Tselem
The rare move by the group in control of the Gaza Strip followed intervention by Egyptian mediators who urged both sides to take steps to preserve the truce that ended eight days of fierce Israeli-Palestinian fighting on Wednesday. Continue Reading »
Of the 13 projectiles fired from Gaza after 9 pm Wednesday, 10 failed to reach Israel, exploding in Palestinian territories instead.
By Neri Brenner
Air raid sirens sounded shortly after 10 am on Thursday in the Eshkol Regional Council after a rocket appeared to have been fired towards the region from Gaza. Witnesses said that they saw the rocket exploding in a Palestinian territory. Security services said it was a false alarm.
The incident followed a relatively quiet night in Israel‘s south. The final Color Red alert sounded in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council at 22:58, two hours after the ceasefire between Israel and the factions in Gaza went into effect. Continue Reading »
According to ‘Kol Yisrael’, Israel’s national radio, 20 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel since the ceasefire went into effect at 9:00 p.m.
Gaza’s terrorist rulers marked the ceasefire that went into effect on Wednesday evening by continuing to fire rockets at southern Israel.
According to Kol Yisrael radio’s midnight newscast, 20 rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel since the ceasefire went into effect at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. There were no reports of physical injuries or damages.
Before the ceasefire went into effect, terrorists fired a barrage of 40 rockets at the area, targeting Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Be’er Sheva among other cities. Continue Reading »
After ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took effect at 9 pm, Gaza terrorists continue to launch rockets toward Israel
By Ynet reporters
Several rockets were launched from Gaza toward south Israel after 9 pm Wednesday, when the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel took effect. The IDF held its fire.
‘IDF has stopped firing’ – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Air raid sirens were heard after 9 pm in Eshkol, Sderot and the Hof Ashkelon and Sha’ar Hanegev regional councils. Rockets landed in the Eshkol and Sha’ar Hanegev regional councils, but there were no reports of injury or damage.
Sirens were sounded in Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi and surrounding communities shortly after 10 pm. Continue Reading »
Despite terror attack in Tel Aviv & massive rocket fire from Gaza, Israel expected to announce it is ceasing attacks.
Jerusalem assumes gesture will pressure terror groups into entering ceasefire.
By Ron Ben-Yishai
Following a week in which hundreds of rockets were fired from Gaza and just hours after a terror attack on a Tel Aviv bus left nearly 30 people injured, Israel is expected to announce that it is holding its fire and ending Operation Pillar of Defense, which began with targeted the killing of top Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari.
Strike in Gaza – Photo: AFP
Officials estimated Wednesday evening that if Israel holds fire, Hamas and other Palestinian groups in Gaza will face heavy pressure to do so as well. Continue Reading »
Diplomatic pressure to end conflict between Israel & Gaza moves forward but fails to secure ceasefire agreement
Clinton arrives in Israel, calls for ‘durable outcome’ to violence.
IDF intensifies strikes on Hamas & Associates
Yoav Zitun, AP
A diplomatic push to end the hostilities between Israel and Gaza terror groups gained momentum Tuesday, with Egypt‘s president predicting that airstrikes would soon end, the US secretary of state racing to the region and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the Jewish state would be a “willing partner” to a ceasefire with Hamas.
IDF artillery fire – Photo: AFP
As international diplomats worked to cement a deal, a senior Hamas official said an agreement was close even as relentless airstrikes and rocket attacks between the two sides continued. Continue Reading »