(TEL AVIV) Israel High Court of Justice Report: Palestinians from villages near the illegal outpost Evyatar have petitioned to revoke the state’s compromise that gives the settlers a chance to return in the future #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.12: The 12 petitioners are demanding that the structures be removed. They also want the military “seizure order” in the area to be lifted, and that an investigation be opened against the officials and entities that allegedly helped establish the outpost – the defense minister, Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank and the Shomron Regional Council.

#AceDailyNews says Palestinians claiming land at illegal outpost take Israel’s deal with settlers to court and under the deal, the outpost’s structures are to remain intact and the settlers may return if the land is deemed state-owned acording to Haaretz News Agency

July.08, 2021:

The petitioners say they hold the rights to the land on which the outpost’s buildings and infrastructure have been built. In the petition that was submitted Thursday, some of them attached property-tax documents as proof of their ownership of the land.

A contemporary aerial photograph of Evyatar showing the area of a military base from the 1980s (red), a 2018 seizure order (green) and the area of the current takeover.

About two-thirds of the West Bank’s land is not registered in any land registry, as the registry process has been halted by the Israeli occupation. Instead, there are property-tax books that the Ottoman and British authorities used for collecting taxes.

Israel, however, does not recognize the tax books as proof of land ownership; instead, it demands proof that the land was cultivated by its alleged owners.

The petitioners have aerial photographs from the ‘80s showing that the land at Evyatar was cultivated for farming. Later, to set up a base there, the army issued a seizure order that stopped Palestinians from working their land.

The petitioners say that even after the army reduced its presence in the area at the end of the ‘90s, it left facilities and infrastructure there and continued using it, while soldiers stopped Palestinians from reaching the land, claiming that it was a closed military area.

An aerial photograph from the ’80s at Evyatar, whose name is written above in Hebrew. Local Palestinians say the photo shows that the land is their agricultural land. 

The petition says that in 2018 the army issued another seizure order for a larger area that was in effect until July that year. The area of the Evyatar outpost is larger than the area covered in both seizure orders, the petitioners say. They say they have never been notified that the military’s hold on the area has ended or been canceled.

Also, some of the petitioners are owners of farming land near the outpost, and since its establishment they have been driven off their fields by the army or settlers, they say.

Before the agreement with the settlers was signed, two lawyers for the petitioners asked the attorney general not to approve it. The two attorneys, Sliman Shahin and Alaa Mahajna, never received a response from the attorney general’s office.

“The new government is continuing its predecessors’ policy with a vengeance, encouraging the culture of taking over Palestinian lands in the West Bank,” Shahin said. “With this agreement the state is enlisting the army as a trustee for the squatters to protect the illegal structures at the outpost.”

Mahajna added: “In Evyatar’s case, the government intervened on behalf of the squatters and forced an unprecedented, corrupt mechanism that spits in the face of the law. The government has signaled to the settlers that it’s possible to act like the West Bank is the Wild West.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.12: 2021:

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(TEL AVIV, Israel.) Airbourne Laser Report: MOD have successfully down targets using a ‘airbourne laser system’ that can shoot down drones #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.29: In the “What Have You Done For Us Lately” Department, Israel has just completed tests of its new high-power laser system that, installed on a civilian aircraft, can shoot down drones. It promises to be what is called a game-changer.

ISRAEL: High-Powered Laser System A ‘Breakthrough’ The story of this remarkable advance is here: “ Israel successfully downs targets using airborne laser system,” by Anna Ahronheim, Jerusalem Post, June 21, 2021:

The Defense Ministry has successfully carried out a series of interceptions to shoot down drones with a powerful airborne laser system installed on a civilian light aircraft….

During the trials that were carried out over the sea, the high-powered laser fired from a civilian Cessna plane destroyed the unmanned targets at differing ranges and altitudes.

According to the Defense Ministry, Israel is perhaps the first country in the world to have been able to use such laser technology on an aircraft to intercept targets in an operational simulation….

The fully automated energy system uses the laser to destroy a target while flying above the clouds, he said, adding that the “powerful and precise system” can intercept the target “regardless of weather conditions.

Once a target passes through the area of interest, the system can be directed at any part of it with very high accuracy. It locks on and remains locked on until the target is downed….

The ground system will also be able to destroy targets at a range of eight to 10 km. with a 100 kW laser, Rotem said. The ministry is aiming for an operational system by 2024 to be deployed at the Gaza border area for shooting down rockets, he said.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz congratulated MAFAT, Elbit and the IAF on the technological breakthrough.

“Today, you have brought us closer to yet another important milestone in the development of the multitiered defense array of the State of Israel, and it is significant both in terms of cost effectiveness and defense capabilities,” he said.

“The laser system will add a new layer of protection at greater ranges and in facing a variety of threats: securing the State of Israel while saving costs of interception,” Gantz said. “I am confident that Israel’s defense industry will succeed in this important development program, and I will work personally together with the entire defense establishment to ensure its success.”

The Defense Ministry hopes that the airborne system will further increase the effectiveness of Israel’s air defenses against existing and future threats. It is expected to complement Israel’s multitiered air-defense array, which includes the Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow missile interceptors….

The lasers can cover a much wider area and lock onto, and then destroy, unmanned vehicles passing through that area. The cost of firing a laser beam for an interception will cost around $2000. Meanwhile, the price of launching an Iron Dome interception missile is between $40,000 and $60,000. Consider how may tens of millions of dollars the IDF spent on Iron Dome missiles in the recent war against Hamas; Hamas aimed 4300 not-very-expensive rockets at Israel; about 600 fell short, leaving 3700 that entered Israeli airspace; Iron Dome missiles managed to intercept 90%. The cost of such a defense is becoming an increasingly urgent issue as large-scale attacks become more frequent and the expense of interception skyrockets.

The laser system will potentially save the IDF hundreds of millions of dollars; it is also more precise in its targeting, and can lock onto a target much closer to its launch, as compared to the Iron Dome.

Israel keeps providing evidence of how creatively it responds to every military challenge its enemies present. In three years, it will have ready an anti-missile and anti-drone system that will cost 1/20th of what such a defense does at present. And Israel will share this laser beam technology – as it always has done with its every military advance in the past – with the U.S.

Be afraid, Ismail Haniyeh and Yahyah Sinwar. Be afraid, Hassan Nasrallah, Ebrahim Raisi and Ayatollah Khamenei, be very afraid. Once those Israeli weapons scientists focus their attention on building new weapons systems, there seems to be no obstacle they cannot in time overcome. Now they’ve reached the “breakthrough” of laser-beam weapons, capable of being fired both from the ground and from civilian light planes flying above the clouds. What’s next to come, from the creative geniuses at Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit Systems, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems? We are on the edge……..

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.29: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) Gaza Report: Vows to reinforce Israel’s so-called Iron Dome after Tel Aviv suffered a defeat in its 11-day war on the Gaza Strip, with the regime’s much-publicised missile system failing in the face of a massive rocket fire by Palestinian resistance movements #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.20: During the meeting, Gantz reportedly asked Washington for $1 billion in additional emergency military aid, arguing that the money was needed to replenish the Iron Dome battery and purchase munitions for the Israeli air force.

US approves replenishment of Israel’s Iron Dome after Gaza defeat: Earlier this month, Israeli minister of military affairs Benny Gantz visited the United States, where he met with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin.

Saturday, 19 June 2021 9:28 AM  [ Last Update: Saturday, 19 June 2021 9:28 AM ]

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

During a Thursday congressional session, addressing the Senate Appropriations Committee, Austin said that Israel’s request for military assistance had been approved by the Pentagon for its 2022 budge.

The US will look to transfer the total requested amount over to Israel following approval from Congress, he added, noting that the US government is working on clarifying the details and that politicians should expect a special budget request within the coming days.

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley also confirmed at the same Senate hearing that the administration of President Joe Biden will call on Congress to pass the budget to replenish the Iron Dome system.

Tel Aviv launched the bombing campaign against Gaza on May 10, after Palestinian retaliation against violent raids on worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s plans to force a number of Palestinian families out of their homes at Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem al-Quds.

The Gaza-based resistance groups did not sit idly by and fired 4,300 rockets towards different cities in the occupied lands during the war, which ended on May 21 after Israel announced a unilateral ceasefire that the resistance movements accepted with Egyptian mediation.

Hamas fires missiles at Israeli air base, two Iron Dome stations, chemical factory

Hamas fires missiles at Israeli air base, two Iron Dome stations, chemical factoryHamas says it has targeted a key Israeli air base as well as two of regime’s Iron Dome stations.

The Gaza fighters struck the Red Sea port of Eilat, over 190 kilometres away using a new Ayyash-250 rocket.

Israeli media said 13 people were killed in the panic-stricken occupied territories and 357 others were injured.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said 260 Palestinians lost their lives in the Israeli offensive, including 66 children and 39 women, and 1948 others were wounded.

After the ceasefire, Biden said he had assured former PM Benjamin Netanyahu that the US would replenish the Iron Dome battery.

“I assured him of my full support to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome system to ensure its defenses and security in the future,” the US president said.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.20: 2021:

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(TEL AVIV) JUST IN: Knesset Report: Israel’s parliament approved a new coalition government on Sunday that sent PM Benjamin Netanyahu into the opposition after a record 12 years in office and a political crisis that sparked four elections in two years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.15: The eight parties, including a small Arab faction that is making history by sitting in the ruling coalition, are united in their opposition to Netanyahu and new elections but agree on little else:

ISRAEL: Knesset approves new coalition, ending Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s unseated long-term leader as Naftali Bennett, the head of a small ultranationalist party, was sworn in as prime minister after a narrow 60-59 vote in parliament but if he wants to keep the job, he will have to maintain an unwieldy coalition of parties from the political right, left and center after he’s rise to Israel’s new PM

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Benjamin Netanyahu has lost his 12-year hold on power in Israel after its parliament voted in a new coalition government.

Right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett has been sworn in as prime minister, leading a “government of change”. 

He will lead an unprecedented coalition of parties which was approved with a razor-thin majority of 60-59.

Mr Bennett will be prime minister until September 2023 as part of a power-sharing deal.

He will then hand power over to Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid, for a further two years.

Mr Netanyahu – Israel’s longest-serving leader who has dominated its political landscape for years – will remain head of the right-wing Likud party and become leader of the opposition. 

During the debate in the Knesset (parliament), a defiant Mr Netanyahu promised: “We’ll be back: After Netanyahu sat silently during the vote. After it was approved, he stood up to leave the chamber, before turning around and shaking Bennett’s hand. A dejected Netanyahu, wearing a black medical mask, briefly sat in the opposition leader’s chair before walking out.

They are likely to pursue a modest agenda that seeks to reduce tensions with the Palestinians and maintain good relations with the US without launching any major initiatives:

Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, remains the head of the largest party in parliament and is expected to vigorously oppose the new government. If just one faction bolts, it could lose its majority and would be at risk of collapse, giving him an opening to return to power.

The country’s deep divisions were on vivid display as Bennett addressed parliament ahead of the vote. He was repeatedly interrupted and loudly heckled by supporters of Netanyahu, several of whom were escorted out of the chamber.

Bennett’s speech mostly dwelled on domestic issues, but he expressed opposition to US efforts to revive Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
“Israel will not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” Bennett said, vowing to maintain Netanyahu’s confrontational policy. “Israel will not be a party to the agreement and will continue to preserve full freedom of action.”

Bennett nevertheless thanked President Joe Biden and the US for its decades of support for Israel.
Netanyahu, speaking after him, vowed to return to power. He predicted the incoming government would be weak on Iran and give in to US demands to make concessions to the Palestinians.

If it is destined for us to be in the opposition, we will do it with our backs straight until we topple this dangerous government and return to lead the country in our way,” he said: Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, said the new government will likely be more stable than it appears:

Even though it has a very narrow majority, it will be very difficult to topple and replace because the opposition is not cohesive,” he said. Each party in the coalition will want to prove that it can deliver, and for that they need “time and achievements.”

Still, Netanyahu “will continue to cast a shadow,” Plesner said. He expects the incoming opposition leader to exploit events and propose legislation that right-wing coalition members would like to support but can’t — all in order to embarrass and undermine them.

The new government is meanwhile promising a return to normalcy after a tumultuous two years that saw four elections, an 11-day Gaza war last month and a coronavirus outbreak that devastated the economy before it was largely brought under control by a successful vaccination campaign.

The driving force behind the coalition is Yair Lapid, a political centrist who will become prime minister in two years, if the government lasts that long.
He called off a planned speech to parliament, instead saying he was ashamed that his 86-year-old mother had to witness the raucous behavior of his opponents. In a brief speech, he asked for “forgiveness from my mother.”

I wanted her to be proud of the democratic process in Israel. Instead she, along with every citizen of Israel, is ashamed of you and remembers clearly why it’s time to replace you,” he said: The new government is expected to win a narrow majority in the 120-member assembly, after which it will be sworn in. The government plans to hold its first official meeting later this evening:

It’s unclear when Netanyahu will move out of the official residence. He has lashed out at the new government in apocalyptic terms and accused Bennett of defrauding voters by running as a right-wing stalwart and then partnering with the left:

Netanyahu’s supporters have held angry protests outside the homes of rival lawmakers, who say they have received death threats naming their family members. Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service issued a rare public warning about the incitement earlier this month, saying it could lead to violence.
Netanyahu has condemned the incitement while noting that he has also been a target.

His place in Israeli history is secure, having served as prime minister for a total of 15 years — more than any other, including the country’s founder, David Ben-Gurion: Netanyahu began his long rule by defying the Obama administration, refusing to freeze settlement construction as it tried unsuccessfully to revive the peace process. Relations with Israel’s closest ally grew even rockier when Netanyahu vigorously campaigned against President Barack Obama’s emerging nuclear deal with Iran, even denouncing it in an address to the US Congress:

But he suffered few if any consequences from those clashes and was richly rewarded by the Trump administration, which recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, helped broker normalization agreements with four Arab states and withdrew the US from the Iran deal.

Netanyahu has portrayed himself as a world-class statesman, boasting of his close ties with Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has also cultivated ties with Arab and African countries that long shunned Israel over its policies toward the Palestinians:

But he has gotten a far chillier reception from the Biden administration and is widely seen as having undermined the long tradition of bipartisan support for Israel in the United States: His reputation as a political magician has also faded at home, where he has become a deeply polarizing figure. Critics say he has long pursued a divide-and-conquer strategy that aggravated rifts in Israeli society between Jews and Arabs and between his close ultra-Orthodox allies and secular Jews.

In November 2019, he was indicted for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes. He refused calls to step down, instead lashing out at the media, judiciary and law enforcement, going so far as to accuse his political opponents of orchestrating an attempted coup. Last year, protesters began holding weekly rallies across the country calling on him to resign:

Netanyahu remains popular among the hard-line nationalists who dominate Israeli politics, but he could soon face a leadership challenge from within his own party. A less polarizing Likud leader would stand a good chance of assembling a coalition that is both farther to the right and more stable than the government that is set to be sworn in.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Jun.15: 2021:

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(LOD, Israel.) Netanyahu State of Emergency Report: Protests by Israeli Arabs in the town turned into full-scale riots on Tuesday night. Demonstrators clashed with police and set cars and buildings ablaze, the day after a funeral for a man allegedly shot dead by Jewish residents #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.13: Protests by Israeli Arabs in the town turned into full-scale riots on Tuesday night. Demonstrators clashed with police and set cars and buildings ablaze, the day after a funeral for a man allegedly shot dead by Jewish residents.

LOD: Why an Israeli town’s mayor is warning of civil war: That is how Mayor Yair Revivo described the situation after violence exploded in the mixed Arab-Jewish Israeli town, lying 15km (9 miles) south-east of Tel Aviv.

A man walks past two cars burnt during unrest in the Israeli city of Lod
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared a state of emergency in Lod

“Civil war has broken out in Lod.” This is a complete loss of control,” Mr Revivo told Israel’s Channel 12 News. “Synagogues are being burned. Hundreds of cars set alight… The situation is incendiary.”

Violence also flared in other cities and towns with sizeable Arab populations – including neighbouring Ramle, Acre, Jaffa, Jisr al-Zarqa and Umm al-Fahm. Police arrested 270 people.

“The sight of the pogrom in Lod and the disturbances across the country by an incited and bloodthirsty Arab mob, injuring people, damaging property and even attacking sacred Jewish spaces is unforgiveable,” President Reuven Rivlin said on Wednesday.

He added: “The silence of the Arab leadership about these disturbances is shameful, giving support to terrorism and rioting and encouraging the rupture of the society in which we live and in which we will continue to live once all this has passed.”

EPATorah scrolls were removed from a torched synagogue on Wednesday

A number of Israeli Arab politicians have called for an end to the rioting. 

“Protests in Arab society are moving in a very dangerous direction, as popular protests have escalated into violence,” Raam party leader Mansour Abbas was quoted as saying in Haaretz newspaper on Wednesday. “I call on everyone to behave responsibly and to adhere to the rule of law.”

The unrest follows days of high tensions in Jerusalem, with clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians at a key holy site, and escalating hostilities between Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and the the Israeli military since Monday night that have left more than 50 people dead.

What happened in Lod?

In recent days, Israeli Arabs have staged protests in sympathy with Palestinians in Jerusalem and Gaza. 

During protests on Monday in Lod – a third of whose population is Arab – an Arab resident in his 30s, Musa Hassuna, was shot dead and another person seriously injured.

Haaretz cited a Jewish resident as saying an “Arab crowd tried to break into the neighbourhood”, and that his neighbours “were forced to shoot in the air” because they felt in danger. 

Mr Hassuna’s father said his son had not gone to protest and that he had been passing through the area when “they shot him at point-blank”. 

Police arrested three suspects, who said they had acted in self-defence. 

Hundreds attended Mr Hassuna’s funeral on Tuesday. Clashes soon broke out with the police, with Israeli media reporting that two officers were injured and a police car was set on fire. 

As night fell the violence escalated and synagogues and businesses were attacked. Reuters news agency said there were also reports of Jews stoning a car driven by an Arab.

Social media footage allegedly showed protesters firing on police with an automatic weapon. Officers responded with live rounds. 

“This is the first time we’ve seen local residents using weapons, opening fire, and the response from our units has been also using live fire in order to prevent anyone from being killed,” police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

Haaretz newspaper reports that 12 people were injured in the unrest, with one in a serious condition. 

Separately, a 52-year-old father and his 16-year-old daughter were killed when a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza hit their car in Lod. Khalil and Nadin Awad were both Israeli Arabs.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now declared a state of emergency in Lod, granting police more powers there. It is reportedly the first time since 1966 the government has used emergency powers over an Arab community. 

“It’s anarchy from rioters and we cannot accept it,” Mr Netanyahu told reporters on a visit to the town early on Wednesday, vowing to “restore law and order with an iron fist”.

“I don’t feel safe exiting my home,” Jewish resident Lior Benisti told Channel 12. “We wanted to go to my sister, we have two small daughters and we decided to stay in tonight even though we don’t have a rocket-proof room. Better take the risk of rockets than the mayhem outside.”

Who are the Israeli Arabs?

In total, about 21% of Israel’s population are Israeli Arabs – about 1.96 million people, according to a December report by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. 

During the war that surrounded the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Arabs were forced from or fled their homes. Those who stayed in what became Israel, and their descendants, have been granted citizenship and are known as Israeli Arabs.

About 80% of Israeli Arabs are Muslim, with the rest identifying as either Christian or Druze. Most identify strongly with Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, with many calling themselves “Palestinian citizens of Israel”.A 2018 BBC story on how one school is bridging the gap between Jews and Arabs.

Israel’s government says its Arab citizens have equal social and political rights, although they are exempt from compulsory military service. 

But Israeli Arabs themselves say they are treated as second-class citizens who face legal, institutional and social discrimination.

Authorities in Lod built a 3m-high (10ft) wall through a part of the town in 2010, separating the Jewish and Arab communities. Officials said it was to reduce crime, but Israeli Arabs said it was an attempt at enforcing segregation.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: May.13: 2021:

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(TELAVIV, Israel.) JUST IN: Palestinian militants say they fired 130 missiles at the Israeli city after an Israeli air strike felled a tower block in the Gaza Strip #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.12: The latest round of violence between Israelis and Palestinians is happening because the long and unresolved conflict between the two sides has once again been left to fester. It is an open wound in the heart of the Middle East and it is why violent face-to-face confrontations have escalated into rocket-firing, air strikes and death.

Israel-Palestinians: Old grievances fuel new fighting: The 13-storey building was attacked an hour and a half after residents and local people were warned to evacuate, Reuters news agency reports: Israel’s military says it is targeting militants in Gaza in response to earlier rocket attacks.

5 hours ago

By Jeremy Bowen
BBC Middle East editor

Palestinian man gestures to Israeli police in Jerusalem (10/05/21)
Tensions in Jerusalem spiralled over the past month

At least 30 people have died in some of the worst violence in years.

The international community has urged both sides to end the escalation, which follows days of unrest in Jerusalem. 

Militants had already fired more than 400 rockets since Monday night, killing two Israelis. Health officials in Gaza report that 28 Palestinians there were killed by Israeli air strikes.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier that the main militant group, Hamas, had “crossed a red line” by firing rockets towards Jerusalem for the first time in years. 

He warned that the strength and frequency of Israel’s air strikes would increase and Hamas would be “hit in ways that it does not expect”. 

Israel says it hit at least 150 targets in Gaza in response to the earlier rocket attacks. Israeli air strikes hit Gaza after rocket fire

Hamas, which controls Gaza, says it has been acting to defend Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque from Israeli “aggression and terrorism” after the site, which is holy to Muslims and Jews, saw clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians on Monday that left hundreds injured. 

The past few days have seen the worst violence in Jerusalem since 2017. It followed mounting Palestinian anger over the threatened eviction of families from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem by Jewish settlers. Tension had already been stoked by a month of altercations between protesters and police in the predominantly Arab part of the city.

What do we know of the latest fighting?

Hamas said it had launched rockets at Tel Aviv and its suburbs in response to “the enemy’s targeting of residential towers”. 

Video footage from the city shows rockets streaking through the night sky, some exploding as they are hit by Israeli interceptor missiles.

Pedestrians ran for shelter and diners streamed out of restaurants while others flattened themselves on pavements as the sirens sounded, according to Reuters. One woman is reported to have been killed in the town of Rishon LeZion, near Tel Aviv.

In the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon, a rocket hit an empty bus, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told AFP news agency.

The rockets were launched after the destruction of the Hanadi Tower in Gaza, which houses an office used by the political leadership of Hamas, Reuters reports. 

Two hours after the collapse, there were still no reports of casualties.

The open wound of an unresolved conflictThe fundamental reason for the renewed violence does not change. It is the open wound of the unresolved conflict between Jews and Arabs that has blighted and ended Palestinian and Israeli lives for generations.

This latest episode has happened because of tension in Jerusalem, the sharpest part of the conflict. The holy sites in the Old City are national as well as religious symbols. Crises affecting them have often ignited violence.

The triggers for what has happened this time include heavy-handed Israeli policing of Palestinians during Ramadan and controversial efforts in the Israeli courts to evict Palestinians from their homes.But other events could have had the same effect. This was a crisis waiting to happen, in a conflict that, once again, has been left to fester.

Leaders on both sides have concentrated on safeguarding their own positions. The biggest challenge, of making peace, has not been addressed seriously for years.

Earlier on Tuesday, two women, one in her 60s and the other in her 80s, were killed in a rocket attack on the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, with one other person seriously injured, medics say.

Hamas said it had fired 137 rockets at Ashkelon and nearby Ashdod in the space of five minutes, and warned it had “many surprises” prepared if the fighting continued.At least 95 people received treatment in Israeli hospitals as a result of the attacks.EPAA barrage of rockets were fired at Israel’s southern city of Ashkelon on Tuesday morningEarlier, the Israeli military said 90% of the rockets had been intercepted by its Iron Dome missile defence system.

ReutersFlames and smoke could be seen in GazaThe Israeli military said it had struck 130 “terror targets” in Gaza overnight in response, including two attack tunnels being dug under the border with Israel.The military and the Shin Bet security agency announced that they had also killed the head of Islamic Jihad group’s special rocket unit, Samah Abed al-Mamlouk. Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths of Mamlouk and two other senior figures in a strike on a building in central Gaza City.

The commander of a Hamas anti-tank missile unit was reportedly killed on Tuesday evening, as the Israeli military launched what it called “massive wave” of air strikes to neutralise Hamas’ rocket-launching capabilities in northern Gaza.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza reported that at least 28 Palestinians, including 10 children, had been killed in Israeli strikes and more than 150 others had been injured.It said a 59-year-old woman and her disabled son had died in an attack on Tuesday morning.

On Monday night, seven members of one family, including three children, died in an explosion in Beit Hanoun. The cause of the blast was not clear.

ReutersPalestinian health officials say children have been killed in Israeli strikesThe Israeli military said at least 16 of those killed had been members of militant groups and that it took precautions to minimise possible harm to civilians.

A spokesman told the BBC that about one in three of the rockets fired by militants landed inside Gaza, potentially causing damage and civilian casualties inside the territory.What’s the global reaction?US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Hamas must end the rocket attacks “immediately”, adding: “All sides need to de-escalate.”ReutersAir raid sirens have been constantly wailing in southern Israeli towns and citiesUK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted that the violence in Jerusalem and Gaza “must stop” and called for “an immediate de-escalation on all sides, and end to targeting of civilian populations”.

A spokesman for the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said the upsurge in violence “needs to stop immediately” and warned that rocket-fire targeting Israeli civilians “is totally unacceptable and feeds escalatory dynamics”.ReutersA key holy site in Jerusalem has been a focal point of confrontations between Israeli police and PalestiniansThe UN human rights office said it was “deeply concerned” by the escalation and condemned “all incitement to violence and ethnic division and provocations”.A Palestinian official told Reuters news agency that the UN, Egypt and Qatar were trying to negotiate an end to the fighting.What has caused the violence?

The fighting between Israel and Hamas was triggered by days of escalating clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at a holy hilltop compound in East Jerusalem. The site is revered by both Muslims, who call it the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), and Jews, for whom it is known as the Temple Mount.

Hamas demanded Israel remove police from there and the nearby predominantly Arab district of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families face eviction by Jewish settlers. Hamas launched rockets when its ultimatum went unheeded.Why the ancient city of Jerusalem is so importantPalestinian anger had already been stoked by weeks of rising tension in East Jerusalem, inflamed by a series of confrontations with police since the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in mid-April.

It was further fuelled by an expected court ruling on the fate of the families in Sheikh Jarrah – ultimately postponed because of the unrest – and Israel’s annual celebration on Monday of its capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war, known as Jerusalem Day.The fate of the city, with its deep religious and national significance to both sides, lies at the heart of the decades-old Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Israel in effect annexed East Jerusalem in 1980 and considers the entire city its capital, though this is not recognised by the vast majority of other countries. Palestinians claim the eastern half of Jerusalem as the capital of a hoped-for state of their own.

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TEL AVIV: ‘ YOUNG MAN STABBED AT TRAIN STATION SUSPECTED TERROR ATTACK ‘

#AceBreakingNews – TEL AVIV – Nov.10 – A young man has been stabbed at a train station in Tel Aviv in what is suspected to be a terrorist attack by a Palestinian, local media report.

The victim, who is believed to be around 20 years-old, has been taken to hospital after being initially treated at the scene.

Hospital staff say his condition is serious.

Police managed to arrest the assailant, who suffered light injuries following a struggle with law enforcement officers.

The incident took place at Haganah train station, which is in the east of the Israeli city.

There are unconfirmed reports that the victim was an Israeli Defense Forces solider, according to the Times of Israel Newspaper. The army has so far refused to comment on the man’s identity.

Meanwhile, Channel 2 claims that the young man received a stab wound to the leg.

Zaki Heller, a spokesman for the Magen David Adom ambulance service, also added that he was unconscious.

The attacker is reported to be a 35 year-old Palestinian from Nablus. Police say he entered Israel illegally. His was taken to custody.

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GAZA CITY: ' Israel "NEVER REGRETS VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL LAW" Political Analyst States '

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 27 – Israel never regrets violating the international law and is going ahead with its barbaric war on the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime enjoys all-out support of the United States, a political analyst tells Press TV.

Mark Weber, director of the Institute for Historical Review, said in a Saturday interview with Press TV that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has shown that he is willing to utterly defy world opinion in carrying out this extremely one-sided barbaric attack on Gaza.”

“This outrage has angered public opinion around the world,” he stated, adding that Israel has for long proved that it will act “in defiance…even of United States law because they can count on the continuing support of US Congress and the US government, which is a reflection of course of the tremendous power of the pro-Israel lobby here in the United States.”

The analyst predicted that the Gaza carnage will continue mainly due to the US support for Israel.

“This shows really…the moral bankruptcy of US policy worldwide and in particular of course in the Middle East.”

Death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza has reached 1,050 since Tel Aviv began its onslaught on July 8.

Thousands of Palestinians have also been injured in the attacks.

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‘ Benjamin Netanyahu to CNN Israel Will Take ” Whatever Action is Necessary ” to Halt Hamas Cross-Border Rocket Attacks From Gaza ‘

#AceWorldNewsISRAEL (Tel Aviv) – July 20 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel will take“whatever action is necessary” to halt Hamas cross-border rocket attacks from Gaza and restore calm but insisted his forces were doing their utmost to avoid civilian casualties there.

“We try to target military targets and unfortunately there are civilian casualties which we regret and we don’t seek,” Netanyahu told CNN shortly after an Israeli attack on a Gaza neighbourhood killed at least 87 Palestinians.

He accused Hamas of deliberately targeting Israeli civilians and of using Gaza residents as “human shields.” Asked how long it would take Israel to complete an operation it says is intended to destroy Hamas weapons tunnels, Netanyahu said it was being done “fairly quickly,” but gave no time frame.

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‘ Protective Edge Israel’s Military Incursion ‘

GAZA CITY

INCURSION

JULY 18 2014

#AceWorldNews – 17 July – A ground operation in the Gaza Strip has been launched by Tel Aviv following more than a week of Hamas shelling the country and the IDF responding with air strikes. Over 200 Palestinians and one Israeli have died in the violence.

Gaza City Lighting up the Sky

19:05 GMT:

Palestinian radicals in Gaza have fired at Tel Aviv for a second time today. The Iron Dome system shot down two rockets over the city this evening, reported the press office of the Israeli army.

19:02 GMT:

Egypt has renewed its call for a truce in the region. Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, speaking at a news conference in Cairo said: “We hope that all sides will support this initiative so that bloodshed stops and this escalation does not get worse. We call on all sides to accept this proposal. We are working to find a framework so that both sides agree,” reported Reuters.

 

18:23 GMT:

Israeli tank shells have killed three in Gaza, including children, medics told AFP.

 

15:26 GMT:

CNN has pulled correspondent Diana Magnay out of her post covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the reporter tweeted that Israelis cheering bombs hitting Gaza, and who had allegedly threatened her, were “scum.”

 

A CNN spokeswoman said Magnay has been reassigned to Moscow.

 

15:15 GMT:

 

Shortly after the air raid siren report, the IDF tweeted that its Iron Dome air defense system had intercepted rockets over Tel Aviv.

 

15:05 GMT:

The United Nations said it is going to ramp up emergency aid to Gaza, where Israel’s ground invasion intensified water shortages and fears of sewage contamination and water-borne diseases, Reuters reports.

“We are still very concerned about the water supply in Gaza, about half of the population are without water supply at this time,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokeswoman, Amanda Pitt, told a news briefing in Geneva.

On Tuesday, UN aid agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that Gaza’s water system has been degraded over the course of years, with potential infrastructure damage incurred during the assault leaving the entire coastal strip vulnerable to a water crisis within a matter of days.

 

A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing from the coastal Palestinian enclave following an Israeli air strike, on July 18, 2014 (AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana)

A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing from the coastal Palestinian enclave following an Israeli air strike, on July 18, 2014 (AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana)

 14:26 GMT:

IDF attempt to show they abide by the Geneva Convention by providing medical treatment to a wounded combatant.

According to the first Geneva Convention – ‘for the Amelioration of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces and Field’ – if a member of the armed forces is wounded or sick, and therefore is unable to actively engage in combat, he is no longer part of the fighting force and becomes a vulnerable person in need of protection and care.

 

14:17 GMT:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of state terrorism and genocide, saying the two states would not find rapprochement on his watch.

“Israel threatens world peace. Israel threatens peace in the Middle East. Therefore, I personally, can never contemplate anything positive with Israel as long as I remain on duty,” Erdogan told reporters after Muslim Friday prayers:

“Israel is at the moment waging terrorism; Israel at the moment is carrying out genocide,” he said.

Turkey and Israel had been working toward improving ties after Israeli commandos killed eight Turks and one Turkish American during a raid on a pro-Palestinian aid ship in 2010. Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and recalled its own top envoy following the incident. Israel ultimately apologized to Turkey for the deaths and agreed to pay compensation under a US-brokered arrangement in 2013. In March, Turkish officials said the two sides had come close to reaching a compensation deal which would fully restore ties.

 

13:47 GMT:

 

Cihan News Agency has posted video footage showing the pro-Palestinian rallies outside of the diplomatic missions in Istanbul and Ankara on Thursday. The first video, shot in Istanbul, shows police deploy a water cannon and pepper spray to disperse protesters after some turned violent, smashing windows and attempting to scale the compound gates.

 

The video from Ankara depicts a heated by far more peaceful scene, though there are unconfirmed reports that the compound in the Tukrish capital was attacked on Friday.

Turkey has since bolstered security at the facilities, though Tzachi Moshe, a spokesman for Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, said Israel “sharply protested the flagrant violation of diplomatic rules.”

 

 

13:27 GMT:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said since there is no way to deal with the tunnels only from the air, “our soldiers are doing it now from the ground,” the Jerusalem Post cites him as saying during the opening session of an emergency cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu said the ongoing military operation did not offer a100 percent shot at success, though everything would be done to get “maximum results.”

The Israeli PM said the army had been readied for the possibility of a significant expansion of the ground operation, blaming Hamas for not upholding its end of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire proposal on Tuesday.

“We decided to launch the action after we tried all the other ways, and with an understanding that without this operation the price we will have to pay later would be much higher,” he said.

He added that intense diplomatic efforts had given Israel the political capital necessary to use force against the “terrorist organization,” and that the supreme consideration at this point was to “restore security to civilians” and return the country to a state of calm.

“There is not a more moral army than the IDF, and we do not want to harm even one innocent civilian. Not even one. We are operating only against terror targets.”

He blamed Hamas for civilian casualties on both sides, claiming they were attacking Israeli towns and cities from behind human shields.

He said media distortions of the conflict were virtually “unpreventable.”

“But unlike in the past, this time there are many in the international community who understand that Hamas alone bears responsibility for the victims,” he said. “This is something very important for Israel.”

13:12 GMT:

 

 

13:06 GMT:

The Israeli Defense Force is live tweeting images of so-called ‘terror tunnels’, the ostensible reason the ground operation was launched into Gaza.

 

 

13:03 GMT:

Israel has decided to evacuate the families of diplomatic staff in Turkey in Ankara after protests turned violent outside diplomatic missions in both the capital Ankara and Istanbul. The compounds were reportedly pelted with rocks as some demonstrators chanted, “Murderer Israel, get out of Palestine,” Hurriyet Daily News reported. Several Turkish diplomats attended the pro-Palestinian rallies, including a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“The occupying Israel has made a bloodbath of Palestine by bombing them for the past 15 days,” Murat Yıldırım said from Ankara.

At least 23 Palestinians – including three children – have been killed since Israel launched the ground offensive. Around 264 Palestinians have been killed since Israel first started bombarding Gaza on July 7. The Israeli death toll currently stands at two: one soldier and one civilian.

 

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09:02 GMT:

Barely a day into the operation, Netanyahu is discussing plans for a significant widening of the ground offensive.

Shortly before convening a meeting of cabinet ministers, he told reporters that “My instructions … are to prepare for the possibility of significantly widening the ground operation, and the military is preparing accordingly,” Reuters reported.

08:42 GMT:

Those affected by the conflict in Gaza are receiving financial help from multiple sources abroad. The latest tranche comes from Denmark, which has donated $2 million toward alleviating civilian suffering there.

08:07 GMT:

 

 

07:17 GMT:

Reuters now reports 23 Palestinians dead since the start of the ground operation.

 

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05:21 GMT:

An Israeli military spokesman said in an interview to a radio station regarding the recent death of an Israeli soldier during the ground offensive on Gaza: “We are checking the circumstances” of soldier’s death.

This was the first Israeli casualty since the start of the operation.

 05:12 GMT:

According to Quentin Sommerville of the BBC, the number of dead since the start of the ground offensive, together with the number killed already in the preceding phase, puts the death toll at more than 250 people, with around 1980 wounded, as the conflict enters its 11th day.

 

04:54 GMT:

 

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‘ Egyptian Cease-Fire Full-Text of Proposal ‘

#AceBreakingNewsISRAEL (Tel Aviv) – July 15 – The full text of the Egyptian cease-fire proposal as follows courtesy of Haaretz News Agency.

1. Owing to Egypt’s historical responsibility, and out of belief in the importance of achieving peace in the region, protecting the lives of innocents, and ending the bloodshed;

Egypt calls upon Israel and all of the Palestinian factions to enact an immediate ceasefire, due to the fact that escalation and mutual violence, and the victims that will result, will not be in the interest of either party as such, during the period of the ceasefire, both sides shall abide by the following:

a. Israel shall cease all hostilities against the Gaza Strip via land, sea, and air, and shall commit to refrain from conducting any ground raids against Gaza and targeting civilians.

b. All Palestinian factions in Gaza shall cease all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel via land, sea, air, and underground, and shall commit to refrain from firing all types of rockets, and from attacks on the borders or targeting civilians.

c. Crossings shall be opened and the passage of persons and goods through border crossings shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.

d. Other issues, including security issues shall be discussed with the two sides.

2. Method of implementation of the initiative:

a. It has been decided to initiate implementation of the de-escalation agreements at — : — hours (GMT) on — / 7 / 2014, pending the implementation of a full ceasefire within twelve hours of the announcement of the Egyptian initiative and its unconditional acceptance by both sides.

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‘ Israeli Cabinet Accepts Egyptian Cease Fire Offer ‘

#AceBreakingNews – ISRAELS (Tel Aviv) – July 15 – Israel’s security cabinet accepted the Egyptian cease-fire offer on Tuesday morning, which, according to the proposal, is supposed to go into effect at 9 A.M. local time and gives both sides 12 hours to stop the attacks once the proposal is accepted by both sides.

Several Hamas officials rejected the Egyptian proposal, but sources said that Hamas is holding talks with Egypt regarding the cease-fire and an official statement by the Hamas political leadership is expected later Tuesday.

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' Israel's Protective Edge Enters Third Day After Night of Heavy Bombardment by IDF Forces '

#AceBreakingNews – ISRAEL (Gaza Strip) – July 10 – Israel’s Operation Protective Edge entered its third day Thursday, after a night of heavy bombing by Israel Defence Forces resulted in a rising death toll in Gaza.

The IDF has launched over 780 strikes in the Strip since the operation began, and medical officials in Gaza said over 70 Palestinians have died and more than 400 others, mainly civilians, have been hospitalized (Haaretz).

More than 250 rockets and mortar shells were fired from Gaza at the Israeli home front since Tuesday, and the shooting continued throughout much of Wednesday night, with Be’er Sheva and Ashkelon targeted.

Long-range rockets were fired at Tel Aviv twice on Thursday morning, with at least one interception confirmed by the IDF.

On Wednesday, long-range rockets were launched at Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and also as far north as the Haifa region.

Since Tuesday, Iron Dome interceptor missiles have shot down over 60 rockets aimed at Israeli cities and towns, with a near-90 percent success rate, the IDF said.

Nine Israelis have suffered light injuries while running for shelter while 59 have been treated for shock.

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TEL AVIV, July 10. A five-year-old child was killed in the Gaza Strip Thursday in an airstrike by Israeli Air Force, report local media citing a representative of Gaza medical services.


The first 58 hours of Israeli airstrikes resulted in 77 killed and 550 wounded in the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday – the first day of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza – Israeli combat aircraft and Navy delivered 430 strikes on terrorists’ infrastructure facilities in the Palestinian enclave.

Most of the hit targets are rocket launchers, used by the militants for firing rockets on Israel, the army said.

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‘ Israel’s ‘ Operation Protective Edge Day’ Enters Second Day in Targeting Gaza Strip Militants ‘

#AceBreakingNewsIsrael’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’ enters its second day, following a day of airstrikes targeting Gaza, which killed at least 28 Palestinians. As Hamas rocket fire continues, Israel braces for a “ground offensive,” calling up 40,000 army reservists.

Wednesday, July 9

11:44 GMT:

A rocket siren sounded in the Israeli town of Zichron Yaakov in the Haifa District, which is about 120km from Gaza, an IDF spokesperson posted on Twitter.

05:55 GMT:

The Iron Dome anti-missile system has intercepted at least two rockets fired from Gaza Strip at the Tel Aviv area. No casualties have been reported.

05:09 GMT:

Residents of the buildings targeted by Israeli Air Force for strikes have tried to avert the attacks by going up the roofs en masse, the IAF said. Such ploys will not be effective, it added.

05:03 GMT:

The Israeli military has hit 160 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, reports Haaretz newspaper.

03:19 GMT:

Egypt will open up the Rafah border crossing to accept injured Palestinians on Wednesday, The Times of Israel reported. A number of Gaza residents will be let in to receive medical attention. Egypt has yet to specify the number of individuals that will be allowed in or when the border crossing will open.

03:13 GMT:

The EU condemned Gaza and Israel for escalating the violence, calling for a ceasefire. The EU “strongly condemns the indiscriminate fire into Israel by militant groups in the Gaza Strip,” EU foreign police chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

At the same time, the statement denounced Israel’s airstrikes, which are leading to a “growing number of civilian casualties, reportedly among them children, caused by Israeli retaliatory fire.”

EU called on both parties to “to do their utmost to achieve an immediate ceasefire.”

02:11 GMT:

The 2nd day of Operation Protective Edge has began. The#IDF remains determined to fight #Hamas terror on all frontspic.twitter.com/4RBUFKpwlL

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 9, 2014

00:15 GMT:

The US embassy in Tel Aviv will operate under minimal staffing due to the latest escalation of violence, Haaretz reported.

Tuesday, July 8

23:12 GMT:

Gaza rockets interrupted an Israeli wedding in Ashdon as they exploded in the sky, according to a video posted by IDF. Ashdon is in Israel’s Southern District.

23:03 GMT:

A top leader of Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigades, Hafiz Hamad, was killed in northern Gaza following Israeli airstrikes on Wednesday morning. Five other militants were also killed during the strikes.

One of the airstrikes targeted the leader’s house, Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.

Two separate airstrikes hit Gaza’s southern city of Rafah, killing two Palestinians.

 

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‘ Israel Launch ‘ Operation Protective Edge ‘ on Gaza Strip .

#AceBreakingNews – ISRAEL (Gaza Strip) – July 08 – Israel launched a series of air-strikes on Gaza militants early on Tuesday, dubbing the offensive “Operation Protective Edge.”

​More than 50 targets were hit in the offensive.

Meanwhile, rocket fire on Israel’s south continued. According to the IDF, eight projectiles were launched between 2 and 6 A.M.

Militants in Gaza fired more than 85 rockets toward Israel on Monday evening, with Hamas openly claiming responsibility for some of the launches for the first time since the current round of fighting began. The rockets hit several major cities in the south and, also for the first time in the current fighting, caused alarms to go off in central Israel and Jerusalem.

The barrages lightly wounded two Israelis and caused property damage.

The Israel Defence Forces called up 1,500 infantry and Border Police reservists in preparation for further escalation, after the security cabinet decided on Monday afternoon to intensify attacks against Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.

A senior official said the ministers want to refrain from a large-scale military operation for now, but they instructed the army to prepare for significant expansion of its current operations.

12:56 P.M. Islamic Jihad‘s military arm states it has fired over 60 rockets toward Israel since the morning, and that it will continue to fire as long as “Israeli aggression” persists. (Jack Khoury)

12:40 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Israeli army to prepare for a possible ground offensive in the Gaza Strip in meeting in the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, a senior Israeli official said.

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' Militants from the Gaza Strip Launch 15 Missiles Aimed at Israel '

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL (Tel Aviv) – June 30 – Militants from the Gaza Strip have launched 15 missiles aimed at Israel.

Israel’s The Jerusalem Post newspaper reports that the missiles exploded in the Eshkol neighbourhood in the country’s south.

It adds that there were no victims or casualties.

Observers note that this is the first massive attack on Israel from the Strip’s territory since the Palestinian national unity government with the participation of Hamas movement was formed.

On Sunday, one Palestinian was killed and three were wounded as a result of an attack of Israeli Air Force on the Gaza Strip.

According to preliminary reports, the activist of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was killed the military wing of Hamas that controls the Palestinian enclave.

According to reports from an Israeli military representative, the strike was aimed at ‘terrorists’ that were preparing missile launches.

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‘German Government Express Concern Over Israeli Settlements Plan’

#AceNewsServices – BERLIN – June 06 – The German government is extremely concerned about Israeli plans to build more settlements in the occupied territories, Reuters said.

The Israeli move is being seen as a response to the inauguration of a Palestinian unity government backed by Hamas Islamists.

The German government is “very worried… because this step poses the threat of making efforts to continue peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians even harder,” said German government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz, calling on both sides to avoid provocative steps.

Berlin urged the Israeli government to refrain from inviting bids to construct homes.

(PressTV) – This comes as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on Israel to abide by international law and freeze settlement activities. Ban expressed deep concern over Israel’s plans to build more than three thousand settler units in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

On Thursday, Tel Aviv ordered the construction of 3,300 more settler units in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds.

According to Israel’s Housing Minister Uri Ariel, the decision is a response to the formation of a new Palestinian unity government.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) says it will appeal to the UN Security Council against Israel’s expansionism.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The developments come as Israel is currently faces a widening boycott campaign by some European businesses over its illegal settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian land.

Two of Europe’s biggest financial institutions have boycotted transactions with Israeli companies involved in the illegal settlement construction.

The European Union has also blocked all grants and funding to any Israeli entity based in the illegal settlements.

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` If You Really Wanted to Deny the New Peace Accord You Could Not Find a Better Way ‘

#AceWorldNews – PALESTINE – June 01 – Tel Aviv deny’s three future Palestinian ministers from the Gaza Strip entry to the West Bank due to Hamas affiliation in the new government, thus , dealing yet another blow to the fragile Middle East peace process.

Major General Yoav Mordechai, head of Israel’s military administration in the Palestinian territories, informed the Palestinians that the three ministers would not be granted access to the West Bank, public radio announced on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the defence ministry refused to confirm or deny the report, according to AFP.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that Israel had informed the Palestinians that it would boycott the government. “Israel wants to punish us because we have agreed with Hamas on this government,” he said.

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AceWorldNews TEL AVIV April 13 White House and…

AceWorldNews – TEL AVIV – April 13 – White House and the U.S. Department of State are highly angered by Israel’s ‘neutrality’ regarding Crimea’s reunification with Russia and other events around Ukraine, the Haaretz daily said in an article published Sunday.

“Senior figures in the Obama administration have expressed great disappointment with the lack of support from Israel for the American position on the Ukraine crisis and with the fact that the Israeli government puts its relations with the United States and with Russia on the same plane,” it said.

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` Anonymous Hacktivist's Attacked Hundreds of Websites of ` Israeli Ministries and Organisations '

#AceWorldNews – ANONYMOUS – April 07 – (PressTV) – Reports that Hacktivists from the Anonymous group have attacked hundreds of websites belonging to Israeli ministries and organizations.

The on-line attacks took place on Monday, with Israeli media saying that several websites, including those of the Ministry of Education and the Airports Authority, had been hacked.

Anonymous had said in a statement on Sunday, “On April 7, 2014, we call upon our brothers and sisters to hack, deface, hijack, database leak, admin takeover, and DNS terminate the Israeli Cyberspace by any means necessary.”

Addressing the Israeli regime, Anonymous also said that “further assault on the people of Gaza, who have been flooded by your sewage, terrorized by your military apparatus, and left to die at the border while waiting for medical attention will NOT be tolerated any more.”

The group, that was referring to the Israeli siege on Gaza in place since 2007, pledged not to stop until “Palestine is free.”

The group’s first cyber attack against Israel was launched during Tel Aviv’s assault on Gaza in November 2012. Some 700 websites, including Foreign Ministry and the Israeli president’s official websites, were hacked at the time and the personal data of some 5,000 Israeli officials were posted online.

Anonymous also carried out similar attacks on April 7, 2013, when the websites of the Israeli parliament, ministries and other government organizations stopped functioning for some time.

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