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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 »

Nazi Resister Returns Medal to Israel Over Gaza Bombs

Dutch resident saved Jewish boy from Nazis, but lost kin in Gaza airstrikes

(Newser) - In World War II, a Dutch man risked his life and saved a Jewish boy from the Nazis—a feat that earned Henk Zanoli Israel's prestigious Righteous Among the Nations medal after the war. This week, the 91-year-old gave it back, reports Haaretz . The reason? An Israeli airstrike killed... More »

Gaza Blast Kills at Least 5, Including AP Journo

Palestinian translator, Gaza police also killed during bomb disarming

(Newser) - At least five people are dead after Gaza police tried to disarm a leftover bomb in Beit Lahiya this morning, reports the AP . Among the mortally wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health via the the New York Times : a Palestinian translator, three Gaza police officers, and 35-year-old AP... More »

Israel, Palestinians OK New 72-Hour Ceasefire

Egyptian deal gets thumbs up from negotiators in Cairo

(Newser) - Palestinian negotiators in Cairo today accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new, three-day ceasefire, and Israel approved the deal hours later in a decision that aims to clear the way for renewed negotiations on a long-term truce arrangement in the Gaza Strip. Egypt brokered a similar truce last week. But... 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 »

Gaza Ceasefire Begins; Israel Troops Withdraw

Next step: talks on lasting truce

(Newser) - Just before an Egypt-brokered ceasefire took hold in Gaza this morning, both sides exchanged fire. Several hours into the truce, however, things have been calm, the Washington Post reports, while the Guardian sees a chance at a "definitive end" to the latest conflict. Israel says it has withdrawn all... More »

Israel: Guilty of War Crimes?

Manal Tellawi makes the case, but others say Hamas is to blame

(Newser) - Israel's attack on Gaza—which has reportedly killed more than 1,500 civilians—was indeed a war crime that flagrantly violated rules of international law, writes Manal Tellawi at Salon . Three of his main arguments:
  • While Article 51 of the UN Charter allows for self-defense, Israel can't make
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Israel Accepts Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal

Palestine had already accepted the plan

(Newser) - A senior Israeli official says the Israeli government has accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal to end a month-long war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The official says a preliminary 72-hour truce will begin in the morning. An Israeli delegation will head to Egypt for talks meant to work... More »

Palestinians Say Israel Quickly Violates New Truce

In Jerusalem, attacker drives construction vehicle into bus

(Newser) - It's another day of familiar violence in Gaza and Israel: After taking heavy criticism from the US and UN over another shelling of a UN school in Gaza yesterday, Israel put a seven-hour humanitarian truce into place today, reports the Guardian . Palestinians, however, accused Israel of breaking it less... More »

Israel Pulls Most Troops From Gaza

Most of tunnel network is destroyed, says Israeli spokesman

(Newser) - Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip today in an apparent winding down of the nearly month-long operation against Hamas that has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead. Even as Israel said it was close to completing its mission, heavy... 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 »

Israel Tapped John Kerry's Phone

Somewhere, Angela Merkel is smiling

(Newser) - It seems that people who live in glass houses shouldn't spy on cell phones : During the frenetic and doomed Mideast peace talks last year, John Kerry was furiously working the phones to both Israel and the Palestinians—and as der Spiegel reports in an exclusive that cites "reliable... More »

Israel: Missing Soldier Was Killed

Hadar Goldin wasn't kidnapped, unclear how military figured out he was killed

(Newser) - Israeli Hadar Goldin—the soldier supposedly kidnapped by Hamas on Friday, shattering that tenuous ceasefire —was really killed in action, the Israeli military confirmed early today. The announcement comes just hours after PM Benjamin Netanyahu signaled he would not take his foot off the gas, reports the New York ... More »

UN-Run School Hit in Gaza, 10 Dead

UN official blames Israel, says it's impossible strike was a mistake

(Newser) - A United Nations school sheltering displaced people in the southern Gaza Strip was hit today by what appeared to be an Israeli airstrike, as the military struck the Hamas-ruled territory despite signaling a possible scaling back of its 27-day offensive.Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said at least 10 people... 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 »

Israeli Paper Deletes Post Justifying 'Genocide'

'Times of Israel' calls it 'ignorant,' and author later apologizes

(Newser) - The Times of Israel has pulled a volatile blog post from its website that justified wiping out Palestinians from Gaza under the headline "When Genocide Is Permissible," reports Haaretz . The newspaper's opinion editor called the post "damnable and ignorant" and said it was uploaded by the... 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, Hamas Agree to 3-Day Ceasefire

It starts tomorrow morning, local time

(Newser) - Another ceasefire is about to start in Israel and Gaza, but this one is expected to last a few days instead of a few hours. The US and UN announced that "all parties" had agreed to the humanitarian ceasefire, which is to begin at 8am tomorrow local time and... More »

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