Israel doesn’t occupy Gaza,” Netanyahu explained. “Israel left Gaza to the very last centimeter, to the very last inch. We uprooted all the settlements and vacated all the settlers. So there is no Israeli occupation of Gaza.”
Hamas appeared to admit using human shields to fire rockets into Israel for the first time today, but refused to accept responsibility for the slaughter of hundreds of innocent Palestinians killed in retaliatory airstrikes.
An Israeli air strike destroyed a 13-story residential tower block in the center of Gaza City on Saturday and initial reports said 17 people were wounded, the Israeli army and Gaza health officials said.
The victims, their heads covered and hands tied, were shot dead by masked gunmen dressed in black in front of a crowd of worshipers outside a mosque after prayers, witnesses andal-Majd, a pro-Hamas website, said.
Three loud explosions were heard over Tel Aviv, shortly before 11 p.m., for the first time in over a week.
On July 11, Netanyahu warned that “there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan” — a reference to the Jordan Valley and the West Bank.
Within minutes after the temporary truce expired at 8 a.m., Gaza militants began firing rockets. By afternoon, some 40 rockets had been fired. Some 30 landed in Israel, several were intercepted and at least four fell short in Gaza, the army said.
“Israel and Hamas will resume fighting immediately at the end of the 72-hour ceasefire, at 8:00 am Friday,” a Hamas spokesperson stated Wednesday night.
The soldier’s abduction could change the course of the war in the hours and days ahead, with Israel either slowing its offensive to negotiate his return or surging forward.
“We are determined to complete this mission with or without a cease-fire,” Netanyahu said in public remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv.
The only power plant supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip was knocked out of commission by Israeli shelling, the deputy director of the energy authority in the Palestinian territory said Tuesday.
Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of what appeared to be a broadening of the three-week war.
Violence broke out Thursday night near the Kalandia checkpoint in the West Bank, as some 10,000 Palestinians protested near the checkpoint, throwing rocks, firebombs and fireworks at Israeli security forces, and setting tires ablaze.
Hamas rocket launchers in Gaza are complaining that “their God changes the path of our rockets in mid-air”. That is exactly how the God of the bible operates when His Holy Land is on the line.
Barack Obama and John Kerry, obviously upset at the beating that Hamas has been taking, pledged yesterday to give $47 million dollars to help Hamas rebuild their supply of missiles to fire at Israel
Tens of thousands protested in London Saturday afternoon against Israel’s military operations in Gaza, denouncing Israel as a terrorist state and castigating British Prime Minister David Cameron for backing Israel’s right to self-defense against Hamas rocket fire.
Netanyahu’s office says purpose of mission is to destroy terror tunnels and seriously harm the infrastructure of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza.
Seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to those places. It’s not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they are apparently in no rush to do so.
The Israel Air Force struck over 80 targets in the Gaza Strip in under 30 minutes on Wednesday evening, the IDF Spokesperson said. Over 550 targets have been hit since the start of the Operation Protective Edge against Hamas rocket fire this week, the IDF said.
Despite denials by Hamas, there is growing evidence that the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS — also known as “The Islamic State” — has begun operating in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army has shifted its readiness in order to address an escalation in the ongoing conflict with the Gaza Strip. Military officials say about 200 rockets have been fired at southern Israel since the start of the operation.
More than 30 rockets pounded southern Israeli communities on Monday, with one Grad rocket reaching as far as Beersheba. The Eshkol and Sha’ar Hanegev areas were heavily hit by rocket fire on Thursday morning and afternoon.
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip over the southern city of Ashkelon and the Sdot Negev Regional Council on Wednesday evening, the IDF confirmed.
Israeli planes struck 29 targets in the Strip, the army said in a statement. Palestinians said at least five strategic points were hit in the coastal enclave, primarily in areas around the cities of Khan Younis and Rafah.