JERUSALEM—Emerging from the rubble covering much of Gaza, Hamas leaders on Tuesday declared the seven-week long confrontation with Israel a “great victory for the Palestinian resistance” and a giant step towards the next round of fighting with the Jewish state.
JERUSALEM—When Israel lifts its head and looks about after its seven-week confrontation with Hamas, it will find that it has some unexpected friends.
JERUSALEM—Hamas enforcers publicly executed some 25 alleged informers said to have spied for Israel on Friday but what Gaza residents subsequently saw over the weekend suggested that the flow of information to Israeli intelligence from Gaza has not been noticeably affected.
JERUSALEM—Israel’s Shin Bet security service today reported the uncovering of a plot by Hamas to oust the Palestinian Authority (PA) from control of the West Bank in an armed uprising.
JERUSALEM—The appointment by the United Nations of an outspoken critic of Israel to head a commission investigating alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza has been termed “a complete travesty of justice” by Israel’s ambassador to the UN.
JERUSALEM—Foreign correspondents emerging from the Gaza Strip since a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect two days ago are confirming Israel’s claims that Hamas was firing rockets during the month-long confrontation from residential areas and near UN facilities.
JERUSALEM—Even before it finished defusing the tunnel threat from the Gaza Strip Monday with the detonation of the last of 31 Hamas attack tunnels, the Israeli army began shifting its attention to the possibility of a similar threat from Hezbollah along the border with Lebanon.
JERUSALEM—The Israeli army calls it the Hannibal Directive.
If soldiers see a comrade being taken prisoner they are to fire to prevent, “at all costs,” his captors getting away with him—even if it means hitting the Israeli captive himself.
JERUSALEM—More than a third of the 140 rockets fired by Hamas at Israel yesterday fell short and exploded inside the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli Army spokesman’s office.
JERUSALEM—A cease-fire in Gaza is close at hand, according to a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and a senior Israeli official. They said, separately, that Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza could agree to halt fighting within the next few days for 24-72 hours.