The security cabinet will convene this afternoon to discuss a proposal forwarded to Israel and Hamas by US Secretary of State John Kerry for a cease fire. Senior ...
The security cabinet will convene this afternoon to discuss a proposal forwarded to Israel and Hamas by US Secretary of State John Kerry for a cease fire. Senior Israeli sources said that if Hamas agrees to accept the American proposal then Israel is likely to respond affirmatively.
A Kol Yisrael reporter says taht the proposal calls for a truce that would last for several days during which time the IDF would be allowed to continue to deal with the tunnels, and the Hamas leadership would discuss with Egypt ways to ease the siege on Gaza after the fighting is over.
Secretray of State Kerry, UN Secretary general Ban Ki Moon and British foreign secretary Philip Hammond were in Cairo to push forward the plan. Secretary of state Kerry said there was still work to do. According to western and Palestinian officials once a humanitarian truce holds delegations from Israel and Hamas would arrive in Cairo for talks.
Overnight no rockets were fired at Israel. Last night the Iron Dome system intercepted a rocket fired at Eilat. There were no injuries. Yesterday 65 rockets were fired at Israel. One person suffered light injuries and several others were treated for shock. Light damage was reported in several locations. Rockets were fired at the Tel Aviv region, the Sharon, the coastal plain, Beersheva, Ashkelon, Ashdod, and the western Negev area near the border with Gaza.
Funerals were held yesterday for four officers and soldiers killed in the fighting in recent days.
Fighting continued in the Gaza Strip. Yesterday afternoon a UN school in Beit Hanoun with hundreds of Palestinians inside seeking refuge came under fire. At least 15 civilians were killed. Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the shelling. The IDF said teh school was not a target in any way and suggested that Hamas rockets may have hit the school.
UN Secretary genearl Ban Ki Moon denounced the attack saying the killing must stop now.
Palestinian health officials said the death toll in the fighting in Gaza has risen to over 800. They said that nearly 100 Palestinians were killed on Thursday.
Flights of many foreign airlines are due to resume today after the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety AGency lifted the ban on flights to Tel Aviv. US carriers Delta, US Airways and United resumed flights and over a dozen European airlines said they would also do so.
Last night El Al and Arkia sent four planes to Athens to bring back hundreds of Israelis stranded in Turkey when Turkish airlines cancelled flights to Israel. The Israelis were flown to Athens and from there back to Israel.
Palestinians are reporting that at least two people were killed in violent clashes reported last night at the Kalandia crossing north of Jerusalem. The Palestinians ...
Palestinians are reporting that at least two people were killed in violent clashes reported last night at the Kalandia crossing north of Jerusalem. The Palestinians say that another 100 were innured. Two border policemen were lightly injured inthe clashes.
Masked protesters fired firecrackers, fire bombs and rocks at Israeli forces. The security forces used tear gas and reprecussion grenades to break up the crowds.
There were also reports of clashes in East jerusalem and in the Old City. 27 policemen required medical treatment. The police arrested 40 people. There were also reports of clashes in several locations in the West Bank.
Meanwhile Hamas and Islamic Jihad are calling for demonstrations and prayers today in the West Bank in support of Gaza. The police have decided to limit entry to the Temple Mount for Friday prayers to men above the age of 50...the entrance of women is not being restricted.
Palestinian sources say Israeli forces shelled a UN run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza killing at least 15 people. A Kol Yisrael reporter said ...
Palestinian sources say Israeli forces shelled a UN run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza killing at least 15 people. A Kol Yisrael reporter said that most of those killed were children.
A spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry said 15 were killed and another 200 people were wounded in the attack. With the attack on the school the death toll in Gaza reached 747. UN Secretary general Ban Ki Moon said he was appaled at the attack and saif UN staff were among those killed.
The IDF said it was reviewing the incident saying that rockets launched by Hamas had landed in the Beit Hamoun area during fighting with its forces and that those rockets may be responsible for the deaths. UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness called on all sides to respect the sanctity of civilian life, but also the inviolability of UN property.
Rocket fire at Israel continued today. There were no reports of any injuries. Rockets were fired this afternoon and evening at Beersheva, Ofakim, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Kiryat Gat, and the Eshkol region. Earlier today rockets were fired at the Tel Aviv area, the Sharon and coastal plain.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says that the IDF has inflicted tremendous damage to the Hamas infrastucture including the tunnels, the rocket sites, production facilities and command centers. Speaking just before the cabinet sesssion this afternoon Netanyahu said the ground operation is focusing on dealing with the threat from the network of tunnels and the IDF is reporting great achievements in locating and neutralizing them.
The strike occured during a day of heavy fighting throughout Gaza. The air force continued to carry out strikes against targets. Heavy fighting was reported along the border in central Gaza and in the northern town of Beit Lahiya. Naval vessels fired more than 100 shells along the coast of Gaza City and northern Gaza.
The Palestinian news agency Maan reported that Egyptian security forces thwarted a suicide attack against the kerem Shalom crossing. According to the report Egyptian forces shot and killed a suicide bomber who planned to carry out an attack at the crossing. A number of rockets were later found in his car.
Funerals were held today for four of the officers and soldiers killed in the fighting in Gaza. Staff sergeant Shahar Dauber was burried thisa fternoon at his kibbut Ginnegar. Lieteneant Paz Eliyay was laid to rest at his kibbut Evron. Staff sergeant Li Mat of Eilat was laid to rest at Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem and First sergeant Daniel Pomerantz was burried at the Kfar Azar cemetery. 146 soldiers wounded in the fighting are in hospitals in southern and central Israel.
On the diplomatic front a possible truce is being discussed during the Eid al Fitr holiday next week. Egypt is trying to broker a temprary hunaitarian truce which would start during the holiday that marks the end of the Ramadan fasting month.
A senior Egyptian official said that the challenge now is to get everyone to agree on a deal that makes their side come out looking like the winner who crushed the other side.
US Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo for mor talks with Egyptian mediators has reported some progress in ceasefire talks as teh fighting enters its third week.
British foreign minsiter Philip Hammond today urged Hamaws to agree on an immediate humanitarian cease fire and said Israel and the Palestinian Authority could then come together tohold talks. Speaking in Cairo after meeting with President A Sisi Hammond said hamas must agree to a hunanitarian cease fire without pre conditions for the sake of the people in Gaza.
Reuven Rubi Rivlin has been sworn in as Israel's tenth president. He replaces Shimon Peres who served two terms as president.
Arab Knesset members boycotted ...
Reuven Rubi Rivlin has been sworn in as Israel's tenth president. He replaces Shimon Peres who served two terms as president.
Arab Knesset members boycotted the ceremony in protest over the military operation in Gaza. The traditional cocktail party was canceled out of sensitivity to the security situation.
Peres gave his final speech as president before Rivilin's swearing in. Peres gave his thanks for the opportunity to serve the country saying there was no greater privilege.
Peres sharply criticized Hamas for initiating the current round of fighting in Gaza and accused it of using Palestinian civilians as human shields. He said never has such a minority torn apart the fabric of whole societies so cruelly sent children to serve as shields for its crimes. The outgoing president said Hamas has once again put hundreds of thousands of the citizens of Gaza in harm's way, into a field of fire.
Peres also lashed out at the United Nations Human Rights Council, which on Wednesday said it would investigate allegations of Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
It is, the president said hard to fathom how a council that bears the words human rights in its name decided to establish a committee to investigate who is right...is it the murderers or those who refuse to be murdered?"
The outgoing president questioned the moral compass of demonstrators around the world who have turned out in their thousands to condemn Israel.
After he was formally sworn in by Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein....the speaker declared long live the prseident of the State of Israel...and then Knesset Members responded Yechi Yechi Yechi....meaning long life.
The new president thanked Peres in the name of the Israeli people for a lifetime of carrying this nation's burden.
In his initiation speech, Rivlin referred to the battles raging across the border with Gaza but stressed that Israel was not waging war against the Palestinian nation or Muslims.
The new president said said that "we are gathered here today with a very clear message to our enemies: He added "you have not overcome us and you will not do so. Rivlin stressed that "we are not fighting against the Palestinian people, and we are not at war with Islam; we are fighting against terrorism."
He said Israel will continue setting down cornerstones and building the land. Rivlin said this was the commitment to our forefathers and descendants. He said Israel's enemies shoot from schools, use human shields, but they will not stop us.
The new president ended his speech crying, and exclaiming: Long live the State of Israel!
No rockets were fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight. Earlier Wednesday night, rockets were fired toward the Dan and central regions. Next to Yavne, ...
No rockets were fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight. Earlier Wednesday night, rockets were fired toward the Dan and central regions. Next to Yavne, one person was lightly wounded by a rocket fragment.
Earlier on Wednesday a Thai foreign worker was killed in a mortar attack from Gaza. The worker was critically wounded by a fragment from the shell which struck a hothouse in asouthern community north of the Gaza Strip. He died of his injuries en route to hospital. He is the third civilian fatality in Operation Protective Edge.
The American Federal Aviation Adminstration lifted a travel ban on flights to Israel early Thursday -- cancelling a previous decision to extend a 24-hour ban due ...
The American Federal Aviation Adminstration lifted a travel ban on flights to Israel early Thursday -- cancelling a previous decision to extend a 24-hour ban due to security concerns.
The FAA said in a statement that ,"Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation."
The FAA did not mention specifics in its reasoning, although it promised to "closely monitor the very fluid situation" happening around the airport.
The original ban had led to a nearly complete halt of foreign airline service to and from Israel, stranding thousands of Israelis trying to return, and those trying to travel abroad.
US Secretary of State John Kerry continues a shuttle mission in the region to try to advance a ceasefire. He left Israel on Wednesday night for Egypt, following ...
US Secretary of State John Kerry continues a shuttle mission in the region to try to advance a ceasefire. He left Israel on Wednesday night for Egypt, following some two hours of talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on a truce. Kerry met earlier in the day with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. A statement issued by the White House said Kerry has also spoken with representatives from Egypt, European Union, United Nations, Arab League, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Earlier in the day, Kerry said some progress had been made in contacts, but there remained much work to do.
Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal says there has been no breakthrough in ceasefire contacts, and his organization will not agree to a truce without the blockade ...
Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal says there has been no breakthrough in ceasefire contacts, and his organization will not agree to a truce without the blockade of Gaza first being lifted. In remarks at a news conference in Qatar, Mashaal added that if US Secretary of State Kerry is interested in a ceasefire, he should travel to Gaza, not Ramallah.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has ordered a probe into the cirucmstances into the discovery of two staches of rockets in UN schools in the Gaza Strip -- as well ...
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has ordered a probe into the cirucmstances into the discovery of two staches of rockets in UN schools in the Gaza Strip -- as well as the actions of the UN refugee agency in the incidents. Ban expressed concern that the rockets disappeared after they were found. He said that in light of such acts, the schools could turn into military targets.
Israel has called the UN Human Rights Council decision to probe Israel's actions in Gaza a "travesty" that should be rejected by "decent people everywhere." ...
Israel has called the UN Human Rights Council decision to probe Israel's actions in Gaza a "travesty" that should be rejected by "decent people everywhere."
The prime minister's office said in a statement that "rather than investigate Hamas, which is committing a double war crime by firing rockets at Israeli civilians while hiding behind Palestinain civilians, the UNHRC calls for an investigation of Israel, which has gone to unprecedented lengths to keep Palestinains civilians out of harm's way, including dropping leaflets, making phone calls and sending text messages."
The statement said the council should instead be launching an investigation into Hamas' decision to turn hospitals into military command centers, use schools as weapons depots and place missile batteries next to playgrounds, private homes and mosques. The statement further noted that by failing to condemn Hamas' systematic use of human shields, and by blaming Israel for the deaths that are caused by this policy, the council is sending a mesage to Hamas and terror organizations everywhere that using civilians as human shields is an effective strategy.