“What the international mediators need to understand is that there is only one solution to the crisis in the Gaza Strip: removing Hamas from power and destroying its military capabilities. They also need to understand that there is only one language that Hamas understands: the language of force. The assumption that if you pay terrorists millions of dollars, they will stop attacking you — rather than using the funds to build up their forces — has proven to be false.”
Israeli special forces soldiers last night assassinated a top Hamas commander after crossing into the Gaza Strip before a gun battle left one soldier and six more Palestinians dead.
The gun fight took place east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian officials who said the undercover Israeli forces travelled in a civilian car.
Hamas’ armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said its local commander Nour el-Deen Baraka was fatally shot before militants found the vehicle and chased it down – prompting Israel to launch airstrikes.
Over 200 rockets rained down on southern Israel from Gaza on Monday afternoon.The Iron Dome intercepted 60 rockets, according to the IDF.
One 19-year-old is in critical condition after a rocket struck a bus in Kfar Aza; Magen David Adom reports 12 other casualties.
In response, the IDF deployed fighter planes, helicopters and tanks in Gaza and killed three Palestinians, striking over 20 Hamas targets and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Last week, Hamas began paying salaries to thousands of its employees after Qatar sent a $15 million grant in cash to the Gaza Strip. The money was brought to the Gaza Strip by senior Qatari envoy Mohammed El-Amadi through the Erez border crossing with Israel.
The Qatari grant is in the context of efforts by Egypt, Qatar, and the United Nations to reach a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.
The payment was the first of a total of $90 million that the emirate has pledged to send to the Gaza Strip in the next six months, according to Palestinian sources.
This is why the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is unlikely to come to an end, regardless of how lucrative US President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” turns out to be.
All it takes is one little rumor, no matter how ludicrous or easily debunked, to set off another major round of violence.
Israeli aircraft struck dozens of militant sites across the Gaza Strip early Saturday as militants fired about 30 rockets into Israel, in the heaviest exchange of fire between the bitter enemies in several weeks.
The United States has placed its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians under the authority of the US embassy in Israel, a downgrade that has sparked uproar among the West Bank leadership.
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the consulate general, which is currently a separate office in Jerusalem, would be closed down and replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside their embassy which the US controversially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem earlier this year.
The move would effectively mean the Palestinians are forced to recognise the US’s decision to label Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It would also make David Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel, who is hated by Palestinians over his support for Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the main interlocutor with the Palestinian leadership.
Despite a late-summer lull in the number of incendiary devices, the number sent into Israeli territory has steadily increased again in October.
No Palestinian — or anyone else for that matter — has been made privy to US President Donald J. Trump’s long-awaited plan for peace in the Middle East, which has also been referred to as the “deal of the century.” This minor detail however, has not prevented the Palestinians from rejecting the rumored plan, on the pretext that it is aimed at “liquidating” the Palestinian cause and national rights.
Hardly a day passes without Palestinian leaders and officials across the political spectrum behaving as if they know every detail of the “deal of the century.” The Palestinians are not even prepared to wait until the US administration actually presents a plan.
A video circulating in Palestinian media on Saturday showed members of the “Sons of Zouari” group launching the approximately 5-meter device, essentially a large balloon designed to look like a blimp or dirigible, over the border east of the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.
The University of Michigan this week promised “serious consequences” for instructors whose “personal views” cause them to withhold letters of recommendation, responding to mounting concern that protest against the Israeli state is harming students on the Ann Arbor, Mich., campus.
The announcement follows two separate cases this fall in which a professor and a teaching assistant reneged on their commitments to provide references for undergraduates after learning that the students were applying to study abroad in Israel. The actions have turned the university into a site of contest over the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, known as BDS.
A network of Hezbollah hackers used old tricks on social media to hack into mobile devices across the world. Posing as attractive girls on Facebook, they would contact users and start chatting. After steering the conversation to increasingly sensual topics, the profiles would then ask the user to install a ‘more private and secure application‘.
According to the counterintelligence service’s press release, some impassioned users, mostly men, would comply and install the app. Unaware that it gave hackers access to their sensitive information, including contacts, photographs, calls, text messages, GPS data and the option to secretely record the owner via the mobile device.
If anyone was hoping that removing Hamas from power in the Gaza Strip would improve the situation there and boost the chances of peace between Palestinians and Israel, they are in for a big disappointment. Hamas, which violently seized control over the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, is not the only terrorist group in the coastal enclave, home to some two million Palestinians.
In addition to Hamas, these are several other Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.
Levengrond Yehezkel, a 29-year-old mother of an 18-month-old son who worked as a secretary to the CEO of Alon Group, was killed around 7:30 a.m., along with 35-year-old accountant Ziv Hagbi, by 23-year-old Ashraf Wallid Suleiman Na’alwa, who worked as an electrician for the company.
7,000 Muslims throw firebombs, rocks at Israeli soldiers, rolling burning tires at troops, some break through border fence.