Two Israelis are being held captive by Hamas in the Gaza Strip after having crossed into the Palestinian territory, Israeli officials said Thursday, raising fears of another hostage crisis.
The Israeli military is monitoring a blockade-busting flotilla on its way to the Gaza Strip and is preparing to block it if need be, Channel 2 news reported Sunday night.
Former US president Jimmy Carter called Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal a strong proponent of the peace process Saturday, and said he wasn’t meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because it would be “a waste of time.”
“According to the report, the funds have been allocated to the rebuilding of Hamas tunnels and restocking of missile arsenals destroyed by Israel during Operation Protective Edge.”
Hamas, a member of the Palestinian Unity Government, has published photo proof of the terrorist organization committing war crimes by training thousands of teenagers in “military youth camps.
In his first public appearance since the end of Gaza’s latest war, Abu Ubaida said that Israel was seeking confrontation by escalating its “assault” on Al-Aksa and the people of Jerusalem.
A suspect, identified by an Israeli official as a member of terror group Hamas, attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot by police, a police spokesperson said.
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.
Barack Obama “has become ‘enraged’ at the Israeli government, both for its actions and for its treatment of his chief diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. ” So reports the Jerusalem Post, based on the testimony of Martin Indyk, until recently a special Middle East envoy for the president. The war in Gaza, Mr. Indyk adds, has had “a very negative impact” on Jerusalem’s relations with Washington.
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.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that meticulous intelligence and precise IDF operational abilities made possible Israel’s killing of the three top Hamas leaders.
Three loud explosions were heard over Tel Aviv, shortly before 11 p.m., for the first time in over a week.
“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.
In the fevered, distorted liberal mindset, Israel is the terrorist and the actual terrorists – Hamas and any other Islamic Jihadi groups – are the “poor, beleaguered refugees” whose every problem would be magically solved if Israel would just lay down and go away.
Netanyahu told Shapiro the Obama administration was “not to ever second-guess me again” and that Washington should trust his judgment on how to deal with Hamas, according to the people. Netanyahu added that he now “expected” the U.S. and other countries to fully support Israel’s offensive in Gaza, according to those familiar with the call.
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.
“Israel has accepted the U.S./U.N. proposal for a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire beginning 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) Friday,” said the official, who made the statement on condition of anonymity.
Pelosi said “And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization.”
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.
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.
“We are suspending operations to/from Tel Aviv until further notice,” said United Spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm. “We are working with government officials to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees and will continue to evaluate the situation.
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