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Hamas: We Reached Open-Ended Ceasefire

Israel declines comment; Egypt to make announcement later today

(Newser) - Officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main groups fighting in Gaza, said today they have reached a deal with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Ziad Nakhala, a senior official in Islamic Jihad, said the... More »

Hamas Executes 18 Accused Spies

Move follows deaths of 3 commanders in Israeli airstrikes

(Newser) - Hamas has executed as many as 18 Palestinians suspected of spying for Israel after airstrikes killed three top commanders in Gaza yesterday, the BBC and the Los Angeles Times report. A Gaza radio station first reported that 11 were executed at an abandoned police station; two of those were women,... More »

Strike Kills Hamas Leader's Wife, Son

Israel suspends Cairo talks

(Newser) - An Israeli airstrike has killed the wife and young son of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif, the group says, per the Wall Street Journal . Hamas says Israel was targeting Deif himself, though it's not clear whether he was killed in the strike, the BBC notes. Deif, who has allegedly... More »

Ceasefire Over: Israel Strikes Again After Rocket Fire

Attacks come hours before ceasefire's planned end

(Newser) - The temporary Gaza ceasefire was broken today when three rockets landed in Israel, its military says, per the AP ; the reported attack prompted new Israeli airstrikes within minutes. The rockets landed in fields near Beersheba, southern Israel; no one was hurt, officials say. An Israeli official says the military's... More »

Clinton Knocks White House 'Failure' in Syria

And suggests she'll run in 2016?

(Newser) - In a new Atlantic interview, Hillary Clinton has underlined her differences with President Obama on foreign policy—particularly when it comes to Syria. Clinton pointed to the administration's limited involvement in Syria as a major factor in the Islamic State's surge to power in Iraq, Politico notes. "... More »

New Israeli Airstrikes Kill Senior Hamas Leader

But shelling is reportedly less intense after international criticism

(Newser) - Israeli airstrikes struck more than 20 targets today in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior Hamas member, as militant rocket fire continued following the collapse of a three-day truce. Hamas officials said Israel airstrikes hit houses, mosques, its warehouses, and training sites. Three bodies were found under the ruins... More »

Rockets Fly Again as Gaza Truce Expires

Israel resumes strikes

(Newser) - Gaza militants renewed rocket fire on Israel today after a three-day truce expired and negotiations in Cairo on a new border deal for the coastal strip hit a deadlock. The Israeli military says at least 10 rockets were fired at Israel after the temporary truce expired at 8am. One rocket... More »

Feds Think There's a New Snowden in Our Midst

Someone appears to be leaking sensitive US documents again

(Newser) - A story published by Glenn Greenwald's Intercept , which has published the leaks of none other than Edward Snowden, contains information from national security documents dating back to August 2013—after Snowden fled the US, and thus an indication that there's a new leaker in town. The newly leaked... More »

Israel: 'Road for Peace Goes Over Hamas'

Ban Ki-Moon blasts 'gross violation of humanitarian law'

(Newser) - Israel's US ambassador today drove a another nail in the notion of peace talks involving Hamas, Politico reports. "What’s the point?" said ambassador Ron Dermer on Meet the Press. "The road for peace goes over Hamas. It doesn’t include Hamas." His remarks came minutes... More »

Netanyahu Warns Hamas of 'Intolerable' Consequences

But Israeli TV reports troop drawdown

(Newser) - Israel's prime minister has warned Hamas that it will "pay an intolerable price" if it continues to fire rockets at Israel and that Israeli troops will operate as long as necessary to restore calm for Israeli citizens. Benjamin Netanyahu also suggested in televised remarks today that the Israeli... More »

Gaza's 3-Day Ceasefire Lasts 90 Minutes

Israel says soldier is captured amid new clashes

(Newser) - It was supposed to last three days, but a ceasefire that went into effect this morning in Israel and Gaza unraveled within two hours. Violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers may... More »

Israel: We Will Destroy Tunnels

As Netanyahu calls up 16K more reservists in 24-day-old conflict

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu today vowed to destroy Hamas' tunnels at all costs, even as Israel called up an additional 16,000 reservists—bringing the total so far to 86,000 troops. "We are determined to complete this mission with or without a ceasefire," he said of the tunnels' destruction,... More »

Why Arab Leaders Are Silent on Gaza

They fear Hamas more than Israel, 'NYT' reports

(Newser) - As Palestinian bodies pile up in Gaza, where is the outrage from Arab leaders? Unlike during previous Israeli offensives, countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan have failed to condemn Israel and push for an end to the fighting, and fear of the political Islam that Hamas represents appears to... More »

John Kerry Has Made Things Worse in Gaza

David Ignatius: He caved to Hamas, ensuring it will be around for awhile

(Newser) - John Kerry is taking so much flak from Israelis for his latest peace-making efforts in Gaza that the White House made a point yesterday to declare that "Israel has no better friend, no stronger defender" than Kerry, reports the Hill . But at the Washington Post , columnist David Ignatius thinks... More »

Key Hamas Targets Hit by Heaviest Shelling Yet

Bombardment takes out territory's only power station

(Newser) - Israeli aircraft, tanks, and navy gunboats targeted symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City early today in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a "prolonged" campaign in Gaza . The overnight strikes hit the home of Ismail... More »

Netanyahu to Israel: Be Ready for 'Prolonged' Gaza War

Meanwhile, military warns some Palestinians to evacuate

(Newser) - Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis today to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City. The warnings came on a day of heavy... More »

UN Makes Midnight Demand: 'Immediate' Gaza Ceasefire

Prods Israel, Hamas for 'immediate, unconditional' truce

(Newser) - The UN Security Council emerged from a rare midnight emergency meeting demanding that Israel and Hamas implement "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza, reports the AP . The UN petition, which accompanied a relative lull at the start of Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, followed pleas for peace from... More »

Obama to Netanyahu: It's Time for a Ceasefire

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

(Newser) - In a phone call today, President 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 Hamas... 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 »

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