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Hamas celebrates year since Israel’s ‘Operation Pillar of Defense’ in Gaza


Hamas minister calls on all Arabs in Israel, Gaza & the West Bank to unite in a ‘Jihad’ to ‘uproot the Jews’ from all of Israel.


Thousands of Hamas security forces on Tuesday staged a military parade in the Gaza Strip to mark the anniversary of the eight-day conflict with Israel last year known as Operation Pillar of Defense.

Hamas hold national flags as they march in Gaza City to mark one year since Israel Gaza operation

Hamas hold national flags as they march in Gaza City to mark one year since Pillar of Defense, Nov. 13, 2013. – Photo: Reuters

The hostilities began when Israel assassinated Hamas’ military commander, Ahmad Jabari, in a November 2012 airstrike.

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Since Pillar of Defense, Hamas produced rockets capable of hitting Tel Aviv & J’lem

Army Radio reported that Hamas is producing M-75-type rockets, which were used during Operation Pillar of Defense to target Tel Aviv, greater Jerusalem area.

IDF chief Gantz: Hanas’ production of weapons have become more advanced.





Hamas has succeeded in regaining some of its capabilities which Israel wiped out in last year’s Operation Pillar of Defense and has rockets capable of targeting the Gush Dan region of central Israel in which Tel Aviv is located, Army Radio reported on Monday.

Gaza terrorists launch rockets [file]

Gaza terrorists launch rockets [file] – Photo: IDF Spokesmans Office

According to the report, Hamas has regained the ability to produce advanced M-75 rockets which can reach Gush Dan.

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NGO: Civilians constituted majority of fatalities in Pillar of Defense


Rights group,  B’Tselem reports

87 civilians of the 167 Gazans were killed during Pillar of Defense.

 During 2nd half of op, 70 civilians died.


B’Tselem: ‘Civilians not given enough warning, IDF acted contrary to laws of war.’ – IDF: ‘Oversight committee concluded no justification for criminal investigation’

Elior Levy



Most of the Palestinians killed during Operation Pillar of Defense were civilians not involved in fighting. This according to a report released by B’Tselem on Thursday, some six months after the operation.

תוצאות תקיפה ישראלית במהלך "עמוד ענן" (צילום: AP)

Boy views Gaza ruins – Photo: AP

According to the report, during the eight days of the operation, 167 Palestinians were killed, of whom 69 were “combatants” (with seven being assassinated);11 of those killed could not be identified as combatant or civilian. Continue Reading »

UN Proves That Hamas Rocket Killed Gaza Child – Not Israel

UNHRC Report: “Palestinian armed groups continuously violated int’l humanitarian law, by launching indiscriminate attacks on Israel and by attacking civilians, thereby disregarding the principle of distinction. The armed groups failed to take all feasible precautions in attacks, in particular by launching rockets from populated areas, which put the population at grave risk. Furthermore, several Palestinians were killed by rockets launched by the armed groups that fell short & landed in the Gaza Strip.”


Jihad Masharawi tragically lost his infant child during the Hamas-Israel conflict.

The UN Human Rights Council released an advanced version of its report on Israel’s November conflict with Gaza terrorists this week. Continue Reading »

TV2 Report: Israel & Hamas Holding Secret Negotiations via Egypt

Within the framework of secret talks with Hamas through the Egyptians, Israel may soon agree that Egypt’s border with Gaza be opened.

By Elad Benari, Canada


Israel has been holding secret negotiations with the Hamas terror movement since the end of its Operation Pillar of Defense, Channel 2 News reported on Friday.

According to the report, the Egyptian-mediated talks are being held as part of the ceasefire reached between the sides at the end of counterterrorism operation in November and which said that both sides will refrain from attacking one another and the sides will work to reach understandings.

Channel 2 News indicated that an Israeli delegation that arrived in Cairo on Thursday came to Egypt for the purpose of holding talks with Hamas, through Egyptian mediators. Continue Reading »

Photo of 2 dead Gaza children from Israeli Gaza-strike wins World Press Photo prize

Paul Hansen, a Swedish photographer  wins top photojournalism award for haunting picture captured during Palestinian children’s funeral.

Explicit images of violence in the Middle East was a dominant theme in the competition.

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen won the 2012 World Press Photo award Friday for newspaper Dagens Nyheter with a picture of two Palestinian children killed in an Israeli missile strike being carried to their funeral.

World Press Photo Paul Hansen Gaza

Paul Hansen’s winning photo depicts funeral of two Gaza children killed in Israeli strike. – Photo: AP

The picture shows a group of men marching the dead bodies through a narrow street in Gaza City. Continue Reading »

BGU Study: Hamas Rockets Worse on Bedouin Youth Than Jewish Youth

A Ben-Gurion University study shows Bedouin kids were more psychologically distressed than Jewish kids by the rocket fire during Operation Pillar of Defense

By David Lev


Bedouin youth were angrier and more psychologically distressed than their Jewish counterparts by the rocket fire in November, according to a new Ben-Gurion University of the Negev study. It is the first follow-up study after the two weeks of rocket fire and subsequent Operation Pillar of Defense.

Prof. Shifra Sagy, Dr. Sarah Abu-Kaf and Dr. Orna Braun-Lewensohn of the Conflict Management and Resolution Program interviewed 78 Jewish youths and 91 Bedouin youths from the South of Israel about their reaction to the barrage of rockets fired at the South by Hamas in Gaza. Continue Reading »

Report: How Israel Air Force drones kept civilian casualties to a minimum

In identifying targets that have a short lifespan, a new technique called Time Critical Targets uses drones to find them, gather enough intelligence to confirm that this is actually a terrorist, then calls for a F-16 or Apache helicopter to perform the attack.


HAIFA, Israel –  A single Syrian missile strike on a bakery near Hama killed more than 60 innocent civilians last week, so how did Israel manage to fire more than 1,500 high powered missiles into densely-populated Gaza in November, with the total loss of 161 lives, of which 90 have been acknowledged by Hamas itself as active combatants?

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Human Rights Watch: Gaza Committed Numerous War Crimes

FINALLY: Human Rights Watch says Gaza “armed groups” commit war crimes by targeting Israeli civilians. HRW also blamed Gaza terrorists for firing rockets & missiles from densely populated areas.

HRW also blamed Iran for provided technical information to Gaza terrorists for building their own  Fajr 5 missiles that were fired on Tel Aviv & Jerusalem.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


The Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a rare condemnation of Gaza terrorists on Monday for war crimes – without the usual “balancing act” of blaming Israel.

Terrorist groups boast by publishing their rocket fire emanating from civilian areas within Gaza. - Screenshot

Terrorist groups boast by publishing their rocket fire emanating from civilian areas within Gaza. – Screenshot

HRW did not go so far as to describe “Palestinian armed groups” as terrorists, but the categorical censure of rocket launchers marks a drastic change in the attitude towards Israel and Hamas. Continue Reading »

Gaza border with Israel quietest in 20 years

Senior IDF officer tells Reuters that Hamas took a major blow during Operation Pillar of Defense

IDF source says army won’t keep to surgical strikes in next round dealing with terrorist groups



Israel’s offensive on Gaza has deterred Hamas from new hostilities despite its claims of victory and the front is now at its quietest in 20 years, a senior Israeli military officer said.

Soldiers next to the border with Gaza Photo: EPA

Soldiers next to the border with Gaza – Photo: EPA

Vastly lopsided shelling exchanges over eight days killed 170 Palestinians and 6 Israelis before the November 21 truce brokered by Egypt.

Hamas, which for the first time managed to fire rockets towards Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during the conflict, says it won in the absence of an Israeli ground invasion that might have toppled its Gaza administration. Continue Reading »

Islamic Jihad threatens to break Ceasefire

Islamic Jihad has put Israel on warning that it intends to break the ceasefire on missile attacks if its leaders are banned by Israel from entering Gaza.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Islamic Jihad has placed Israel on warning it will break the ceasefire on missile attacks if its leader is banned from entering Gaza.

Israel has been spared rocket and missile attacks since the Egyptian-mediated ceasefire took effect on November 21 after the IDF’s Pillar of Defense campaign and the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system pushed the de facto Hamas regime into a position of having to back down or face a massive ground incursion. Continue Reading »

Rights NGO: Israeli strike on Daloo home in Gaza was unlawful


Human Rights Watch says IDF’s bombing of  family home during Gaza operation violated laws of war due to large number of civilians that were killed

Associated Press


A leading human rights group on Friday accused Israel of violating the laws of war when it killed 12 civilians in an airstrike during its recent conflict with Palestinian terrorists in Gaza.

Funeral of Daloo family members (Photo: Reuters)

Funeral of Daloo family members – Photo: Reuters

Israel’s army countered that Palestinian terrorists were to blame for hiding in civilian buildings.

Israel launched its air assault on Gaza last month to try to stop frequent rocket barrages at southern Israel. Continue Reading »

Did Hamas’ Mashaal & Haniyeh’s Feud Enable IDF to Eliminate Jaabari?

Top Hamas terrorist Ahmed Jaabari may have been a victim of Hamas infighting because he ‘searched the wrong home’ according to a report in a Gulf newspaper.

By David Lev


Top Hamas terrorist Ahmed Jaabari may have been a victim of Hamas infighting, Israeli sources said, based on a report in a Kuwaiti newspaper Monday. According to a report in Al-Jarida, distributed throughout the Gulf countries, Israel was able to eliminate Jaabari after zeroing in on his location via his cell-phone – even though the target was supposed to be top Hamas terrorist Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Hamas government in Gaza. Continue Reading »

Barak reiterates: Gaza…Hamas, Jihad took a hard hit

Defense Minister & Finance Minister  comment on Gaza operation, supporting PM’s decisions but apprehensive in face of what lies ahead.

‘Hamas will bounce back,’ Ashdod mayor Yehiel Lasri says.



“The price the other side paid was so great that it will have to think 70 times before doing this again,” said Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz in a special Ynet Live broadcast Thursday, discussing the ramifications of the ceasefire with Hamas and the aftermath of Operation Pillar of Defense.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

“We had two alternatives, and we reached a crossroad,” the finance minister said. Continue Reading »

Truce, but, sirens sound in southern Israel


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 »