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'Furious' Israel Yanks Peace Talks

Move follows Hamas, Fatah decision to reunite

(Newser) - The Israeli government says it has decided to halt peace talks with the Palestinians in response to yesterday's unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions, abruptly ending the nine-month peace initiative brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry. The negotiating period had been set to end next Tuesday, though both... More »

Hamas, Fatah to Reunite

Israel says it will end peace process

(Newser) - Palestine's long-feuding Hamas and Fatah factions have agreed to reunite, they announced today, following a meeting in Gaza yesterday. The groups plan to form a unity government in the next five weeks, and then hold national elections in six months, the Jerusalem Post reports. This isn't the first... More »

Israel: We Seized Iranian Ship Sending Missiles to Gaza

Hamas says it's not foolish enough to try to sneak through Israel's naval blockade

(Newser) - Israel raided a cargo vessel today that it says was loaded with Iranian missiles bound for Gaza. A special forces unit took the Kloc C, which is registered in Panama, in an early-morning raid personally overseen by Israeli Defense Forces chief Chief Benny Gantz, Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post report.... More »

Attorney: US Banking Aids Suicide Bombers

Gary Osen's lawsuit against the Arab Bank is making headway

(Newser) - A civil lawsuit is inching forward against the Jordan-based Arab Bank for allegedly facilitating payments to the families of suicide bombers—but there's also a US connection to the scheme, writes Adam Penenberg at Pando Daily . New York attorney Gary Osen, who filed the suit 10 years ago, says... More »

Morsi to Face Another Trial —and the Death Penalty

He is charged with working with Hamas to destabilize Egypt after his ouster

(Newser) - Mohamed Morsi's legal troubles just got a lot worse: Egypt's top prosecutor referred the former Islamist president to trial for conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah, and others to carry out a campaign of violence to destabilize the country following his ouster. Prosecutors claim that... More »

Israel: We Found 'Terror Tunnel' From Gaza

Movement of construction materials halted

(Newser) - Israel has halted all movement of construction materials across the border to Gaza after finding what the military calls a mile-long "terror tunnel" running into the country from Palestinian territory. The military says the tunnel must have taken at least a month to build and could have been used... More »

Morsi Detained Over Jailbreak

Reports say Hamas aided Muslim Brotherhood in 2011

(Newser) - An investigating judge has ordered the detention of Egypt's ousted president over alleged contacts with Hamas that are said to have helped in his escape from prison in 2011; the news, from the official state news agency, is the first official word on Mohamed Morsi's status since he... More »

Hamas Cops Grabbing Young Men, Shaving Their Heads

Beatings reported amid fundamentalist effort

(Newser) - Police in Gaza have an unusual new way of targeting youth: They're reportedly picking up young men with long or gelled hair and shaving their heads. Youths are hustled into Jeeps and mocked in the meantime, two victims tell the AP ; beatings have been reported. Young people are also... More »

Israel, Gaza Launch Heaviest Strikes Since Nov. Truce

No reported casualties

(Newser) - Palestinian militants launched several rockets into southern Israel, as Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip early today in the heaviest exchange of fire between the sides since they agreed to an internationally brokered ceasefire in November. There were no casualties reported, but the violence threatened to shatter the... More »

Story Behind Iconic Gaza-Clash Photo Unravels

Israel likely not responsible for strike that killed reporter's baby: UN

(Newser) - An errant Palestinian rocket, not an Israeli airstrike, likely killed the baby of a BBC reporter during fighting in the Hamas-ruled territory last November, a UN report indicated, challenging the widely believed story behind an image that became a symbol of what Palestinians said was Israeli aggression. Omar al-Masharawi, an... More »

UN Cancels Gaza Race After Hamas Rejects Women Runners

Annual marathon is called off over dispute

(Newser) - An annual Gaza marathon race is now kaput because Hamas thinks it's immoral to have male and female runners on the same road. The UN called off April's race after failing to convince Hamas leaders to budge, reports the BBC . More than 800 runners had signed up to... More »

Israel Arrests 25, Including Palestinian Lawmakers

Hamas condemns roundup in West Bank

(Newser) - Israel today arrested three Palestinian lawmakers amid a roundup of 25 Hamas members in the West Bank, Global Post reports. Israel didn't explain the arrests but has discussed plans to detain more suspected militants in the wake of civil unrest , notes Breitbart . One of the detainees, still unidentified, was... More »

Hamas: We Won't Cede an 'Inch of Palestine'

Leader delivers defiant speech on trip to Gaza for anniversary

(Newser) - The leader of Hamas vowed to continue fighting Israel today, as hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Gazans turned out to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. Khaled Mashaal's visit to the Palestinian territory—a first in his lifetime of exile—underscores Hamas' rising clout and regional acceptance since its... More »

Clinton to Israel: Those New Settlements Imperil Peace

PLO says it may fight them in court

(Newser) - Two allies of Israel are expressing concern over the nation's new plan to build 3,000 more homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, the Telegraph reports. Hillary Clinton and British Foreign Secretary William Hague both said the new settlements would jeopardize any attempt at a peace process... More »

Hamas Will Keep Arming Itself: Deputy Leader

Militant group rejects Gaza arms halt

(Newser) - Gaza's ruling Hamas will not stop arming itself, the No. 2 in the Palestinian group told the AP today, signaling tough challenges ahead for indirect negotiations between Israel and the Islamist militants on a new border deal for Gaza. The talks are being brokered by Egypt, which also helped... More »

Palestinian Killed in Border Clash, Testing Truce

Israeli soldiers reportedly fired after rocks were thrown at them

(Newser) - The fragile Israel-Gaza ceasefire holds for now, but it's being tested. The New York Times reports that one man is dead and nine more injured after a group of young Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers at the border today. According to a Palestinian news agency, the youth ventured to... More »

Israel: We've Arrested Tel Aviv Bus Bomber

Army spokesperson says he's an Israeli Arab who belongs to Hamas

(Newser) - Israel's army spokeswoman says an Israeli Arab who is a member of Hamas has been arrested for yesterday's bus bombing in Tel Aviv. The bombing injured 27 people near Israel's military headquarters and threatened to scuttle efforts to broker a ceasefire to end fighting between Israel and... More »

Israel, Gaza Quiet—for Now

With Gaza toll at 162, both sides call ceasefire a victory

(Newser) - Shortly after the Israel-Hamas ceasefire began last night, a dozen rockets hit Israel—but no one was hurt, and the ceasefire has otherwise held. Still, both sides remain wary, Reuters reports. "If Israel complies, we are compliant. If it does not comply, our hands are on the trigger,"... More »

Israel, Hamas Reach Deal

It goes into effect tonight; death toll now north of 140

(Newser) - Israel and Hamas have reached a ceasefire agreement, Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel announced in Cairo today. The ceasefire will begin at 9pm local time (2pm ET). Earlier, an Israeli source told Reuters that Israel had agreed to a truce, but would not lift its blockade of... More »

Iran: We Sent Gaza Missile Tech

Israel has long believed that Iran has been smuggling rockets into Gaza

(Newser) - Iran has already sent Hamas the means to "quickly" produce long-range Fajr-5 missiles on its own, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard told the semi-official ISNA news agency today. These Iranian-engineered Fajr-5 rockets have produced panic in recent days by coming within range of, though not actually striking,... More »

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