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'Moderate' Fatah Also Firing Rockets; Abbas Won't Condemn Attacks on Israel

Palestinian Authority President and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbas has called for an "immediate cessation" of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip. But Abbas, considered a moderate by most world leaders, stopped short of calling for an end to the hundreds of rocket attacks on Israel which triggered the current fighting. Jul 11, 2014 6:14 AM PT

Israel Confronts Gaza: How Will it Play Out?

Israel has been pounded by well over 100 rockets from Gaza in just the past 24 hours. Air raid sirens have gone off even in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. What is Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, up to? How should Israel respond? There is a strong division of opinion even within the Israeli government. Jul 9, 2014 1:12 AM PT

Israel: Violence Flares on Multiple Fronts

Gaza Palestinians on Monday fired an anti-tank missile, rockets and bursts of gunfire at Israel Defense Forces troops patrolling along the border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, reports The Times of Israel. One soldier was wounded by shrapnel from a Gaza rocket fired at southern Israel. Jul 7, 2014 3:32 AM PT

Iran Cheats on Oil Export Caps for Eighth Straight Month

Reuters on Tuesday published figures showing that Iran has, for the eighth straight month, violated crude export restrictions set by the interim Joint Plan of Action (JPA) agreement. Reuters cited experts suggesting that the Obama administration has been deliberately looking the other way as Tehran ignored the caps. Jul 3, 2014 4:00 AM PT

Pew Report: Concerns About Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East

As well-publicized bouts of Islamist violence plague the Middle East, concern about Islamic extremism is high among countries with substantial Muslim populations, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. Lebanese, Tunisians, Egyptians, Jordanians and Turks are all more worried about the extremist threat than they were a year ago. Jul 2, 2014 3:57 AM PT

Gaza Rockets Rain Down on Southern Israel

Over 20 rockets fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip slammed into Israel early Monday morning, reports Israeli news site Ynet. The rocket attacks follow increasingly violent days in Israel’s south which have seen a rocket destroy an Israeli factory and Israel Defense Forces retaliatory attacks which killed at least one. Jun 30, 2014 4:39 AM PT

Israel steps up campaign against 'bad' nuclear Iran deal

Israel’s National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz will travel to Washington over the weekend to press Israel’s concern about a “bad” nuclear deal with Iran, reports The Jerusalem Post. The Islamic Republic and the western powers are set to resume nuclear talks on Wednesday Jun 28, 2014 4:42 AM PT

Poll: Majority of Palestinians now Oppose Two-State Solution

A clear majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip oppose a two-state solution to end their struggle with Israel, according to a poll released on Wednesday, commissioned by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Jun 26, 2014 4:17 AM PT

Celebrating a Kidnapping

The Hamas abduction of three Israeli teenagers last week has elicited impressive solidarity all across Israeli society. But Israelis are also paying close attention to the reactions from near and far to this terror crime, and they are not impressed. The fallout from this episode is going to linger long after the kidnapping has been resolved. Jun 25, 2014 9:04 AM PT

Dozens of Suspected Palestinian Terror Tunnels, Weapons Labs Discovered in West Bank

The Israeli military has discovered dozens of suspected terror tunnels and weapons laboratories in the Hebron area during Operation Brother's Keeper, the operation to find three teen boys kidnapped by Hamas, reports Israeli news site Ynet. Members of Israel's elite engineering unit Yahalom uncovered the tunnels and laboratories while searching for the three teens kidnapped in the West Bank ten days ago. Jun 23, 2014 4:40 AM PT

Palestinian Social Media Celebrates Kidnapping of Israeli Teenagers

Since news broke of the kidnapping of three Israeli teens, Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have been handing out sweets in the streets to passersby and rejoicing at the IDF’s unsuccessful efforts to find the boys, reports the Jerusalem Post Jun 18, 2014 1:18 AM PT


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