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Gaza Conflict Day 28: Israeli Cabinet Rules Out Truce Negotiations

Gaza Conflict Day 28: Israeli Cabinet Rules Out Truce Negotiations

Today’s Top Stories 1. An IDF soldier, 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, was kidnapped and declared dead by the army. during Friday’s ceasefire. The Jerusalem Post fills in details of the attack during Friday’s ceasefire that led to his demise. Goldin lived for some time in the UK, though it’s not yet clear if he has

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Gaza Conflict Day 24: UN Official Confirms Hamas Rocket Fire Around Its Facilities

Today’s Top Stories 1. Yesterday’s roundup referred to soldiers finding a booby trapped tunnel entrance inside a UNRWA health clinic near Khan Yunis. Turns out the whole building was booby trapped, and three soldiers were killed when terrorists managed to detonate the explosives from further inside the tunnel. According to the Times of Israel, the building may

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Casually Smearing Israel With a Charge of Genocide

The Israeli army has been taking all kinds of steps to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties. We’re talking about leaflets telling residents to leave neighborhoods, advance phone calls warning people to get out of a building, “knocks on the roof” to scare individuals away before the airstrike hits. So how can a Daily Telegraph live blog post

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Gaza Conflict Day 23: Hamas Seeks Hezbollah Intervention

Today’s Top Stories 1. For the third time now, Palestinian rockets were found in an UNRWA school. Three is a magic number because, as a senior editor once told me, the first time something happens, you say hmmmm. The second time, maybe it’s a coincidence. But three? That’s a pattern screaming for scrutiny. Later in

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As the Twitterverse Watches AP in Horror

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: This is more serious than one tweet. Andrew Beaujon reports that AP’s reviewing its twitter procedures over another bungled tweet (also revised), which links to this article. Beaujon adds that there was a third tweet (unrelated to the Mideast) that AP had to revise this week. * * * As the Twitterverse watches

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Gaza Conflict Day 22: Hamas Rockets Hit Gaza Hospital

Today’s Top Stories 1. An errant Hamas rockets hit Gaza’s Shifa Hospital and the Al Shati refugee camp. An IDF spokesman told Sky News: However, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) denied responsibility for the attacks and said it had not been operating in the area.   Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, rubbished

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5 Reasons Not to Equate Hamas With the Jewish Underground

Memo to Irish Times cartoonist Martyn Turner: Here are five reasons your cartoon was wrong to equate the Jewish underground groups of Israel’s War of Independence with Hamas. 1. The Jewish underground never sought to destroy Britain as the homeland of the British people. Hamas seeks to destroy Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. 2. The

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Gaza Conflict Day 21: Hamas Threatens Journalists

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF released its findings on the shelling of a UN school in Beit Hanoun, in which 15 Palestinians were killed. The Jerusalem Post reports: . . . Hamas terrorists fired at the army from within the school complex. The terrorists fired anti-tank missiles at soldiers, the army added.   The

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Gaza Conflict Day 20: Hamas Seeking North Korean Weaponry

Today’s Top Stories 1. Daily Telegraph: Hamas is trying to purchase missiles and communication equipment from North Korea. Security officials say the deal between Hamas and North Korea is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and is being handled by a Lebanese-based trading company with close ties to the militant Palestinian organisation based in east

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Gaza Conflict Day 17: UN Human Rights Council Launches Inquiry

Today’s Top Stories 1. The US cancelled its ban on flights to and from Ben Gurion Airport but some airlines are saying they’re not ready to wing it just yet. The Times of Israel, JTA and Irish Times look at the significance of what Hamas pulled off. For the latest flight updates, just go to

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