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Syrian Refugees Top 3 Million; Half of All Syrians Displaced

The United Nations said the number of Syrian refugees registered in neighboring countries since 2011 will pass the three-million mark as of Friday, according to Reuters. That figure is one million refugees higher than last year. Aug 29, 2014 12:06 PM PT

Netanyahu's Approval Sinks After Gaza Ceasefire

A new Israeli poll shows that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s job approval rating has suffered dramatically in the wake of the Gaza ceasefire, which many Israelis felt was premature. At the same time, another poll shows that Israel’s right-wing parties would gain if new elections were held now. Aug 28, 2014 2:58 PM PT

The Gaza War, By the Numbers

Fifty days. If the current ceasefire holds, that is how long intense, cross-border rocket fire into Israel by Gaza terrorists was met with retaliatory attacks on Gaza by the Israel Defense Forces and Israel Air Force. Here is a look at some of the numbers from the 2014 Gaza war. Aug 27, 2014 12:30 PM PT

Israel Finds Hamas Training Manual in Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released a page from a seized Hamas training manual that supports its case that Palestinian militants deliberately use the cover of residential areas for combat operations, reports Rueters. Aug 26, 2014 9:58 AM PT

Analysis: End of the Line for Hamas?

Hamas is in trouble. Eventually, barring some cataclysmic event or full-scale Israeli invasion, one of these serial cease-fires will more or less hold and the 2014 Gaza War will sputter to an end. And, sometime thereafter, Hamas will fall from power. Aug 25, 2014 12:21 PM PT

Hamas Goes on Killing Spree of Alleged 'Collaborators'

Hamas killed 11 Gazans suspected of informing for Israel on Friday, a Gaza security official said. The killings of the 11 were also reported by al-Rai and al-Majd, two websites linked to Hamas. Aug 22, 2014 6:17 AM PT

Benjamin Netanyahu: ISIS and Hamas Part of 'the Same Savagery'

At a wide-ranging press conference Wednesday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went on the offensive to describe Hamas as part of a network of Islamist terror groups, which include the Islamic State (IS), Hezbollah, and al-Qaeda. Aug 21, 2014 7:28 AM PT

Senior Fatah Source: Qatar Pushed Hamas to Break Ceasefire

Why did the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas suddenly break down on Tuesday, even before its expiration? Why would Hamas, in the middle of negotiations and without pretense of provocation, fire rocket barrages against Israel? Aug 20, 2014 7:18 AM PT

Poll Finds Minimal Israeli Public Support for Accepting Hamas Demands

A Peace Index poll reported Tuesday in The Jerusalem Post found that a majority of Israeli Jews think Israel should continue to fight in Gaza until Hamas surrenders. The poll also revealed big divisions of opinion between Israeli Arabs and Jews about the Gaza war and negotiations to end it. Aug 19, 2014 12:56 PM PT

Poll: Americans Slam Obama's Israel Policy

A Fox News poll reveals that a solid majority of Americans reject President Barack Obama's policies on Israel. 54% of respondents voiced disapproval of Obama's policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while only 30% approved. Aug 15, 2014 7:29 AM PT

Report: Obama Blocks Israel Missile Shipment

A new Wall Street Journal report reveals that President Barack Obama's administration blocked a shipment of missiles to Israel in late July and tightened additional weapons shipment procedures to Israel, revealing increasing tensions between the two governments. Aug 14, 2014 8:07 AM PT

BBC: 'Civilian' Casualty Figures Supplied by Hamas Require Caution

If Israeli attacks in Gaza have been "indiscriminate," as the UN Human Rights Council says, why have they killed three times as many “civilian” men as women? Anthony Reuben, the head of Statistics for BBC News, points out ample reason to be skeptical of the civilian casualty numbers coming out of Gaza: most news organizations have been quoting from the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which is providing Hamas-based statistics that defy credibility. Aug 8, 2014 10:32 AM PT

Times of London Censors Elie Wiesel, Rejects Ad Against Hamas Use of Children As Human Shields

The Times of London rejected an ad featuring Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel speaking out against Hamas’ reported use of children as human shields. The ad sponsored by The Values Network, which was founded by one-time Oxford Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, has run in The New York Times, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among other U.S. newspapers. Aug 7, 2014 1:59 AM PT

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