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Obama to Netanyahu: It's Time for a Cease-Fire

President says US supports Israel, but is concerned about death toll

(Newser) - In a phone call today, President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States is growing more concerned about the rising Palestinian death toll and the worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The White House said Obama reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned... More »

Netanyahu: Hamas Called Truce, Yet Firing 'as We Speak'

Israel facing 'very ruthless terrorist enemy'

(Newser) - That hours-old ceasefire Hamas didn't want and then suddenly did ? It's violating it already, Benjamin Netanyahu tells CNN this morning. Hamas is "continuing to fire at us as we speak," the Israeli PM told Candy Crowley, adding that "Hamas is simply continuing all its... More »

Hamas Rejects Ceasefire Offer, Then OKs It

24-hour truce goes into effect ahead of Eid al-Fitr holiday

(Newser) - Hamas has approved a 24-hour truce that goes into effect right now, rather abruptly reversing its earlier rejection of Israel's 24-hour ceasefire offer and halting the rockets it had begun launching again, even as Israel had re-launched military operations. The move comes ahead of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday,... More »

Israel OKs Extending Ceasefire for 24 Hours

But country says it will respond to Gaza attacks

(Newser) - Despite new reports of rocket fire from Hamas, Israel's Cabinet has decided to extend a truce for 24 hours, until midnight local time tomorrow. However, it warned that its military would respond to any fire from Gaza and would continue to demolish Hamas military tunnels during this period. A... More »

Israel, Hamas OK 12-Hour Ceasefire

Israel had just rejected truce proposal from John Kerry

(Newser) - Hours after Israel rejected John Kerry's proposed ceasefire, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce starting at 7am Israeli time, a US official told the Jerusalem Post . Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Kerry about the new arrangement, CNN reports. In rebuffing his earlier proposal, officials said... More »

2 Killed as Violence Spreads to West Bank

Kerry calls for weeklong Gaza truce

(Newser) - The West Bank erupted in violence last night after one of the biggest protests in years ended in clashes between Israeli forces and people marching in solidarity with Gaza. At least two Palestinians were killed and 200 wounded as Israeli border forces used riot control measures and live ammunition against... More »

FAA Lifts Israel Flight Ban

Astronaut tweets 'saddest photo' from space

(Newser) - Amid heavy lobbying from Israel, the FAA lifted its ban on flights to Tel Aviv's airport just before midnight, saying it had reviewed "significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation." Israeli officials had urged the US... More »

Israel: We're Missing a Soldier in Gaza

Kerry in Cairo talks as Palestinian death toll nears 600

(Newser) - Does Hamas have another Israeli captive? After denying yesterday that an Israeli soldier had been captured, Israeli officials now admit that a soldier is missing but say he is presumed to have been killed when a missile hit an armored personnel carrier transporting seven soldiers in Gaza on Sunday, the... More »

2 Americans Killed in Israel Violence

As Israel denies Hamas captured soldier

(Newser) - Yesterday, the deadliest day of the Gaza offensive, left 13 Israeli soldiers and nearly 100 Palestinians dead , and two of those Israeli soldiers were American citizens. Max Steinberg, 24, grew up in California and Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, grew up in Texas, but both were passionate about Israel and ended... More »

Israel, Hamas Declare 2-Hour Ceasefire

After overnight shelling takes heavy toll in Gaza neighborhood

(Newser) - Israel and Hamas have agreed to a two-hour humanitarian ceasefire, reportedly at the request of the Red Cross, after heavy shelling in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah killed at least 30 people—and by some accounts given to the Jerusalem Post , as many as 50—as Israel widened its... More »

Gaza's Looming Crisis: Overflowing Sewage, No Water

Israeli airstrikes continue as residents warned once more to leave

(Newser) - Israel has intensified its efforts against Hamas, claiming to have intercepted four rockets in Tel Aviv and bombed 39 targets—including the homes of several high-ranking Hamas leaders last night—after a brief ceasefire yesterday , the New York Times reports. But now residents of the Gaza Strip have a new... More »

Bombs Cannot Defeat Hamas

Israel's campaign has only weakened the moderates, Mark Perry argues

(Newser) - The conventional wisdom has it that Israel's crackdown on Hamas, in which it arrested more than 300 operatives, and its assault on Gaza has left the radical group on the ropes. But "that's a joke," one top Fatah official tells Mark Perry at Foreign Policy . Hamas'... More »

Israel Suffers First Casualty Since Assault Began

Palestinian death toll has now hit 194

(Newser) - An Israeli man was hit with a mortar and killed near the Gaza border today, making him the first Israeli to die in a lopsided conflict that has seen nearly 200 Palestinians killed. The man was delivering food to soldiers when the mortar struck, a police spokesman tells the AP... More »

Israel Resumes Airstrikes as Ceasefire Unravels

Truce lasted 6 hours, during which Hamas reportedly fired 50 rockets

(Newser) - As ceasefires go, Egypt's proposal to halt Israeli-Hamas hostilities didn't appear to actually cease that much fire: Though Israel accepted the plan, which took tenuous hold at 2am Eastern, Hamas rejected it and Israel officially stuck a fork in it this morning after six hours of what it... More »

Israel: We Shot Down Drone From Gaza

Gazans flee homes; fake texts rattle Israelis

(Newser) - More new weaponry from Hamas? Israel says it shot down a drone launched from the Gaza Strip today, the first time it has encountered a drone in an offensive that is now in its seventh day, Reuters reports. It's not clear whether the drone shot down by a Patriot... More »

Israel Hits Mosque Said to Have Rockets

Back-and-forth shelling shows no sign of abating

(Newser) - Israel widened its air assault against the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers today, hitting a mosque it said was hiding rockets. Palestinians, meanwhile, said their death toll from the five-day offensive rose to over 125. The central Gaza mosque was being used to conceal rockets like those militants have fired... More »

Rockets From 2 Directions Hit Israel

US offers to broker Gaza ceasefire

(Newser) - Hostilities only seem to be escalating as the Israeli offensive against Gaza enters a fourth day. Early this morning, a rocket from Gaza ignited a tanker at a gas station in southern Israel, injuring three people in the most serious hit on Israel so far. For the first time in... More »

Israel: 'Iron Dome' Has Taken Out 53 Rockets

But 200+ have gotten through, new Hamas rockets reach Israeli heartland

(Newser) - As Israel's Gaza offensive enters its third day, the nation says its Iron Dome missile defense system has thwarted more than a quarter of the wide variety of rockets being fired from Gaza—but while 53 have been stopped, more than 200 have gotten through, landing as far away... More »

Israel Sends Tanks to Gaza Border

Attacks between Israel, Hamas intensify

(Newser) - Israel's chief military spokesman announced that "we have been instructed by the political echelon to hit Hamas hard," and recent developments bear that out: Israel's air and naval strikes against Gaza continued today, as rockets similarly continued to rain down on Israel from Gaza. Israel says... More »

Israel: We're Preparing for Ground Invasion

Though it says no such Gaza Strip invasion is imminent

(Newser) - In what Reuters is calling the "worst outbreak of violence along the Gaza frontier since an eight-day war in 2012," the Israeli military today struck at least 50 sites in the Gaza Strip by air and sea—and mobilized 1,500 reservists for a potential ground invasion, though... More »

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