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The forty third day of Operation Protective Edge is over. #Israel Reservists about to be released to go home to their families have received orders to stay in place thanks to latest #GAZA violations — ASoldiersMother (@ASoldiersMother) August 19, 2014 The Tower today covered the violation of the 24 hour...

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Palestinian Affairs

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Writing in The New Republic yesteday, Alexander Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, argue that it’s time to retire the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the United Nations (UN) agency solely devoted to the Palestinian cause. Joffe and Romirowsky argue that too often and especially during Operation Protective Edge, UNRWA was “effectively...

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Israel

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At least 20 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza in the past hour. Hamas takes credit for its ongoing violation of the temporary ceasefire. (Unless otherwise stated, information in this post is taken from The Times of Israel live blog for Tuesday August 19, 2014.) RIGHT NOW: Incoming...

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A report in the Israeli financial website Globes today called Israel “one of the world’s most attractive targets for foreign direct investment (FDI).” According to the annual report issued by the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an organization encouraging international economic development, Israel’s attractiveness as an investment...

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Diplomacy

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In testimony before the United Nations Security Council yesterday, Robert Serry, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process called for the reconstruction of Gaza following Hamas’ latest escalation against Israel but omitted any explicit mention of the need for Hamas to disarm. The Times of Israel reported: Addressing Israel’s concerns,...

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Terrorism

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned passenger flights from overflying Syria yesterday. Bloomberg News reported on the FAA’s announcement: “The ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment in Syria poses a serious potential threat to civil aviation,” the agency said. “Armed extremist groups in Syria are known to be equipped...

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Palestinian Affairs

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on his security forces to investigate the coup attempt by Hamas that Israel announced it had broken up yesterday. The Time of Israel reports: Abbas indicated the report could severely impact the unity pact signed between Fatah and Hamas in June, saying it represents...

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Diplomacy

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Terrorists in Gaza violated the ceasefire and fired three rockets that exploded in open areas near Beersheba and Netivot. Beersheva is Israel’s fourth largest city.  There were also unconfirmed reports of explosions near Ashdod and Ashkelon. No damage or injuries have been reported. The rocket attack came only hours after a Hamas...

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When former Apple executive Eric Sirkin sailed from Silicon Valley to Silicon Wadi – figuratively speaking, though he does have a skipper’s license – he harbored a dream of building a multinational company in Israel. Four years later that dream has yet to be realized, but Sirkin has made smaller...

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Israel

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Today was the forty second day of Operation Protective Edge. The most important speech yet on the Hamas-Israel war, worth watching every minute. The brilliant @COLRICHARDKEMP: http://t.co/j6I6VwaXwz — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) August 18, 2014 Sources have confirmed that the ceasefire that was to expire at midnight has been extended another...

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