Anti-Tank Missiles Deflected by New Israeli Defense System

Gaza tunnels remain major threat to Israeli security
An Israeli tank moves through the morning mist near the Israel and Gaza border / AP

JERUSALEM–At least five times in the past week in Gaza, Israeli tanks equipped with a revolutionary defense system have deflected anti-tank missiles fired at them by Hamas fighters, according to the Israeli army.

Israelis Attempt to Destroy Hamas Terror Tunnels

Ground incursion focused on extensive tunnel network rather than
Israeli reserves deployed to Gaza border (AP)

Jerusalem—In a weekend of fierce fighting in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military command shifted its principal objective from suppression of Hamas’ rockets to the discovery and destruction of an extensive system of tunnels that could be used for incursions into Israel.

Report: Hamas Guilty of War Crimes

Rocket attacks ‘a clear violation of international law’
Firefighters on the scene of a Hamas missile attack / AP

Jerusalem—Hamas is clearly guilty of war crimes in its current round of fighting with Israel, according to a prestigious Jerusalem think tank, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI).

Hamas Rejects Egypt-Backed, Israeli-Accepted Ceasefire

Ceasefire was to have gone into effect this morning
Gaza City / AP

JERUSALEM—Hamas has rejected a ceasefire negotiated by the Egyptian government and agreed to by Israel that was to have gone into effect at 9 A.M. this morning.

Dozens of rockets from the Gaza Strip were launched into Israel after 9 A.M. in defiance of the Egyptian government, which had proposed the cease-fire. Israel refrained from responding for four-and-a-half hours, apparently to give time to Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza to reassess. Planes then resumed attacks on rocket launch sites.

Hamas Uses Terror as Domestic PR

Palestinians forced to flee following failed rocket attack
Iron Dome intercepts one of hundreds of rockets fired on Israel by Hamas (AP)

Jerusalem—Hours after Hamas sent volleys of rockets at Tel Aviv, the Israeli Defense Forces today advised Palestinian residents of a neighborhood in northern Gaza to evacuate because the Israeli Air Force intended to carry out a massive attack in the area.

Life Under Siege

Iron Dome, shelter procedures keeping Israelis safe as rockets rain down
An Iron Dome air defense system in Ashkalon attempts to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza Strip / AP

JERUSALEM—Before the sirens stopped wailing last night, the staircase, serving as a shelter, was lined by neighbors, including some women in housecoats hastily donned. It was the first siren to be heard in Jerusalem since the fighting with Hamas began to intensify the day before.

Israel Masses Forces on Gaza Border

Tensions strained following rocket attacks, murder of teens
Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli soldiers in Gaza / AP

JERUSALEM—Israel began today to mass forces on the border of the Gaza Strip as the security cabinet met for the fourth consecutive day to discuss Israel’s response to the murder of three abducted students and a sharp escalation in recent days of rocket fire from Gaza.

Prisoner Traded for Gilad Shalit Arrested for Murder

Arrest could hinder efforts to trade prisoners for kidnapped Israeli teens
Hamas militants waiting to  to pay their respects to freed Palestinian prisoners / AP

Jerusalem—The revelation this week that a Palestinian released in the prisoner exchange for Israeli captive Gilad Shalit three years ago has been rearrested for the murder of an Israeli police officer has revived an emotional debate in Israel over the price to be paid in such cases.