Tag Archive for Operation Protective Edge

ICC urges Israel to be forthcoming with material relating to ‘Operation Protective Edge’ probe

Chief ICC prosecutor warns that unless Israel provides the requested information, she may open ‘full-scale’ investigation into Hamas’ allegations of Israeli war crimes during last conflict with Gaza.

By The Associated Press


The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned Israel Tuesday that if it doesn’t provide reliable information for her preliminary probe into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories she may be forced to decide whether to launch a full-scale investigation based on Palestinian allegations.

The International Criminal Court at The Hague – Photo: Gettyimages

Fatou Bensouda said in an interview with The Associated Press that she hasn’t received any information yet from either side regarding last summer’s Gaza war and urged Israel and the Palestinians to provide information to her.

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Intel Expert: Oil Industry Has Technology to Deal With Israel’s Tunnel Problem

IDF’s technology department creator says Israel’s land borders are vulnerable to terror-tunnel attacks, but the oil industry may have solutions.

By Yaakov Levi


Yossi Langosky, the IDF officer who established the technology department of the army’s Intelligence Unit, said Wednesday that all of Israel’s land borders – north, south, and east – were vulnerable to “tunnel attacks” by terrorists, similar to the ones conducted by Hamas before and during Operation Protective Edge last summer, according to NRG. The IDF can develop solutions to defend the country against such attacks – but it is going to take a revision of policy and outlook.

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REPORT: Arab Foundation Including Terrorist Organization Funded IDF ‘Tattle-Tales’

Im Tirtzu says the Ramallah-based fund that includes the PFTP terrorist group, paid for the ‘Breaking the Silence’ report against IDF practices during Operation Protective Edge.

By Arutz Sheva staff


Grassroots Zionist students’ group Im Tirtzu has responded to a report blaming the IDF of misdeeds in Gaza by pointing to the fact that it was paid for by a Palestinian-Arab fund.

The report by Breaking the Silence is based on alleged testimony from 60 officers and soldiers who served in Operation Protective Edge. The “evidence” includes allegations of indiscriminate fire on civilian targets by soldiers who took part in the fighting against terrorist organizations Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others in the summer of 2014.

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UN Secretary General says Palestinian militants in Gaza put UN schools at risk not Israel

Palestinian militants were the ones who risked the civilian population by hiding weapons at UN premises being used as emergency shelters, writes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.



United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he deplores that a UN inquiry found “Israeli actions” killed at least 44 Palestinians and injured some 227 more at UN premises being used as emergency shelters during the 2014 Gaza conflict.

UNRWA school damaged by fighting in Gaza. – Photo: REUTERS

“It is a matter of the utmost gravity that those who looked to them for protection and who sought and were granted shelter there had their hopes and trust denied,” Ban wrote in his cover letter to a UN inquiry report into the incidents. Continue Reading »

Interview with IDF’s Golani Brigade Commander: ‘Our job is to win wars’

Golani Brigade Commander Col. Rasan Alian believes that the expectation of sterilized warfare, without casualties or glitches, is unreasonable. “We are setting the bar so high that we will never be able to live up to it,” he warns.

By Yoav Limor


This week, in which we observe Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day immediately followed by Independence Day, belongs to the Israel Defense Forces’ Golani Brigade in many respects. It is true every year, but especially this year: The brigade has lost 16 of its men in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge — a painful reminder of the toll living in this country takes, but also of the fact that Golani is always there, on the front line, where results are needed and determined. Continue Reading »

Hamas demands release of 63 prisoners just to begin discussing return of 2 IDF bodies

Hamas refuses to negotiate return of fallen IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin & Oron Shaul, until Israel releases 63 Arab terrorists freed in Shalit deal that were rearrested for returning to terrorism.

By Dalit Halevy and Tova Dvorin


Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal has introduced strict conditions for any future transaction with Israel regarding the return of the bodies of two soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge.

Oron Shaul, Hadar Goldin

Oron Shaul & Hadar Goldin – IDF Spokesman

Last October, there was talk in Hamas of a swap of Arab terrorists in exchange for the bodies of Givati Brigade officer Hadar Goldin and Golani Brigade combat soldier Oron Shaul, although the deal never materialized.
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Israel’s debt from Gaza War recouped from its new natural gas exports

Israel’s new natural gas exports have fully covered financial loss from IDF’s summer ‘Operation Protective Edge’.

By Moshe Cohen


Israel took an economic hit from fighting Hamas terrorists in Operation Protective Edge, with the summer war causing an 0.3% reduction in the country’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

Gas field (illustrative)

But no need to worry according to the Bank of Israel – the country made its lost fortune back thanks to the fruits of its offshore natural gas reserves, which contributed 0.3% to the national economy in 2014.

The data came from a report issued by the Bank earlier in the week on the activities of the companies responsible for extracting natural gas from Israel’s offshore fields, how much they pay in taxes and royalties, and what the general economic impact of the gas stores are on the economy.

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Israel NGO Charges Hamas With War Crimes in US Federal Court

Shurat HaDin files formal complaint to US Justice Department targeting both Hamas leaders and the heads of launching cells that fired missiles at Israels Ben Gurion Int’l Airport during ‘Operation Protective Edge’.

By Itamar Eichner


Hamas could face war crimes charges in the United States, as 26 US citizens plan to file a complaint with the US Department of Justice on Tuesday for the Palestinian Islamist group’s actions during the Gaza conflict last summer.

A sign pointing the way to bomb shelters at Ben Gurion Airport during Operation Protective Edge – Photo: AFP

The complaint focuses on Palestinian missile attacks that targeted Ben-Gurion International Airport. Continue Reading »

Amnesty Int’l Reports: Palestinians guilty of war crimes during Gaza war

Amnesty International report: Unguided mortar & rocket attacks by Palestinian groups during Operation Protective Edge were violations under int’l law.
• Report also corroborates IDF reports of Palestinian groups storing munitions in civilian buildings and UN schools.

By The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


The human rights group Amnesty International said in a report Thursday that Palestinian groups committed war crimes during Operation Protective Edge last summer by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate projectiles.
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JAG opens investigation of IDF attack on UNRWA school during Gaza war

Judge Advocate General’s Office opens criminal investigation into 6 incidents that occurred during Operation Protective Edge, including an IDF attack on UNRWA school in Jabalia, where 20 Palestinians were killed.

By Yoav Zitun


The Judge Advocate General’s Office, headed by General Danny Efroni, said Thursday that it has decided to open a criminal investigation into six unusual events that took place during Operation Protective Edge – the most prominent is an IDF attack on an UNRWA school in the Gazan city of Jabalia which led to the death of 20 Palestinians.

Gazans after attack on UNRA school in Jabalia. – Photo: Reuters

The six events were part of 65 events that were referred to the Judge Advocate General’s Office for review. Continue Reading »

IDF to Have Gaza Belt Residents in Bombshelters Longer in Next War With Gaza

IDF is shortening the warning times for incoming Gaza rockets, saying the 15 seconds given was not enough time to find safety: Gaza Belt residents will be instructed to live in, or next to, protective shelters during future conflicts with Gaza.

By Tova Dvorin


Guidelines during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza gave a 15-second window to Gaza Belt residents to run to shelters in the event of a “Code Red” alarm – a short time to find safety.

Israelis find shelter from Gaza’s deadly rockets in a ‘converted’ sewage pipe – Reuters

But even 15 seconds is insufficient, a senior Home Front Command official revealed Wednesday – and during the next war, Gaza Belt residents may be instructed to live out of their shelters for the duration of the conflict.

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UN’s investigators on Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’ request delay after team-leader resigned

UNHRC’s war probe into Israel’s actions in Gaza to be led by US Judge Mary McGowan Davis, after William Schabas’ resignation in early February.

By i24news


UN investigators tasked with probing the 50-day war in Gaza last year asked Monday to postpone their report to allow time to adjust after the head of the team quit under Israeli pressure.

Smoke and dust rise following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 8, 2014 – Photo: Said Khatib (AFP)

The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict had been scheduled to present its findings to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 23. Continue Reading »

Leading IDF advocate says Palestinian war crimes charges not a concern

Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni , IDF’s advocate general  says possible investigation by the International Criminal Court into last war with Gaza, ‘Operation Protective Edge’ is being dealt with through ‘full & thorough’ Israeli investigations.

By Associated Press


The IDF’s chief legal adviser said on Thursday that he is not concerned about a possible investigation by the International Criminal Court into Israel’s conduct during last year’s Gaza war. Israel’s own internal probes are sufficient, said advocate general Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni.

Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni (2nd from right) tours West Bank – Photo: IDF

The Palestinians recently joined the Netherlands-based court and have threatened to press war crimes charges against Israel there.
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UN Pressures Donors Countries to Make Good on Aid Pledged to Gaza

UN official warns the Security Council that if promised cash is given to Hamas, there may be more violence coming out of Gaza.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


The failure by world donors to deliver billions of dollars of aid to rebuild Gaza is jeopardizing efforts to avoid a new flareup in the Palestinian territory, a senior United Nations official warned Wednesday.

UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council that donors who had promised $5.4 billion to the Palestinians at the Cairo conference four months ago “have yet to fulfill the vast majority of their pledges,” according to AFP. 

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Revealed: Many ‘Journalists’ Killed During Gaza War Were Actually Terrorists

Charges of alleged ‘war crimes’ by the PA and Hamas have abounded, but ongoing research reveals that many of the ‘journalists’ the IDF supposedly targeted were in fact just Palestinian terrorists.

By Shimon Cohen & Ari Yashar


New research by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reveals that the list of journalists Hamas claimed were killed by the IDF during Operation Protective Edge last summer is simply manipulative, misrepresenting facts to attack Israel on the global stage.

The research center notes that a week after the end of the counter-terrorism operation, the Palestinian Journalist Union published a list of 17 dead who it claimed were journalists killed during the operation.

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