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Diplomacy

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The Wall Street Journal reported today (Google search terms) that the inability of John Kerry to arrange a ceasefire by engaging Qatar and Turkey despite “Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia caution[ing] Mr. Kerry against relying” on the two allies of Hamas, reveals a rift between the United States and many...

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Diplomacy

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The Times of Israel reported yesterday that the Palestinian Authority is furious with Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent diplomatic maneuverings. The Times reported: Palestinian sources told the London-based A-Sharq Al-Awsat that Kerry had initially agreed to an Egyptian proposal for an immediate ceasefire followed by five days of negotiations...

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Diplomacy

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Hamas will not voluntarily demilitarize the Gaza Strip, according to former Israel Defense Forces head of intelligence Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin.  As a result, Israel must do it for them, he told a July 27 conference call organized by The Israel Project. “Until they will be beaten hardly they will...

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Israel

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The twentieth day of Operation Protective Edge and the ninth day of ground operations have concluded. DAILY RECAP: Day 20 of Operation Protective Edge. Since the start of the operation,we have struck 3865 terror targets pic.twitter.com/eSqaeIwnIH — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 28, 2014 Today The Tower covered the recent anti-Israel protests...

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Thousands of Palestinians in several locations in the West Bank and Jerusalem took part in violent protests over the weekend. The largest protest took place at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem.  The protests started Thursday night with the main disturbances in Nablus, Jenin, Hebron, Bethlehem, Tulkarem and the...

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Palestinian Affairs

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The Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, a terrorist group affiliated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement, took credit for shots fired during violent demonstrations on Thursday night. Ha’aretz reports: Two people were killed during the clashes with Israeli forces that erupted when the thousands of demonstrators marching from Ramallah...

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Diplomacy

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Friday night, the Israeli security cabinet unanimously rejected the latest ceasefire proposed by Secretary of State John Kerry. Bizarrely, it is emerging that Kerry’s plan comes in the wake of apparent efforts to appease Hamas’ biggest financial backer, Qatar–which has also been bankrolling some of the most problematic anti-Western elements in the...

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Human Rights

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Friday The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed titled The Moral Chasm Between Israel and Hamas (Google search terms) by James T. Conway, the retired 34th commandant of the Marine Corps. To illustrate his thesis that “Israel’s military exists to protect its civilian population and seeks to avoid harming noncombatants, while...

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Israel

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90-year-old Shimon Peres left office Thursday as the ninth president of the State of Israel capping a remarkable seventy year career in public service. In his farewell speech before the Knesset, Peres began: I came to thank you for the privilege you granted me to serve our country and its people...

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Israel

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The nineteenth day of Operation Protective Edge and the eighth day of the ground war have now concluded. Two more soldiers died. Cpt. Liad Lavi, 22 & Chief Warrant Officer Rami Chalon, 39, both injured in battle, died of their wounds today. May their memory be blessed. — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson)...

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