Arab Israeli Conflict

The Arab Israeli Conflict: From peace efforts to suicide bombers. News updates and breaking news from the heart of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict that has been shaping the Holy Land for a century.

Biden’s goal is 'to see an end to the violence on the ground,' says Psaki

“Our focus and our strategy here is to work through quiet, intensive diplomacy,” she said on a press gaggle aboard Air Force One.

People hold Hamas flags as Palestinians gather after performing the last Friday of Ramadan to protes

Why does Hamas insist Israel-Gaza ceasefire include Jerusalem? - analysis

As far as Hamas is concerned, any ceasefire agreement that ignores Jerusalem will make it appear as if the Gaza-based terrorist group did not score any significant achievements.

Israel-Gaza violence: 9 days in, but what's next? - analysis

The IDF also has killed over 150 PIJ and Hamas operatives, many of them considered senior commanders or irreplaceable in their roles, especially those who led the R&D in the missile projects.

View of the Kerem Shalom crossing, southern Israel, where Israel borders with Gaza and Egypt. March

Rockets strike Kerem Shalom Crossing as it reopens for humanitarian aid

A 19-year-old Israeli soldier was injured by shrapnel as his unit was overseeing the distribution of gas, food and medicine to Gazan residents.

Will progressive pressure lower Biden support for Israel strikes on Gaza?

Biden’s proclamation that he is a Zionist and support for Israel’s right to defend itself throughout his decades in office have rubbed progressives the wrong way.

Israel says 160 terrorists killed in Gaza since beginning of operation

A total of 65 launchers, which can fire between four-nine rockets within seconds, have been destroyed in the past three days.

State of emergency in Lod extended amid riots; Arab work sector strikes

The violence continued across Israel on Monday as police, as well as Fire and Rescue Services, struggled to respond to the volume of incidents.

By ZACHARY KEYSER , MAARIV ONLINE
18/05/2021
IDF (Israel Defense Force) Artillery Corps seen firing into Gaza, near the Israeli border with Gaza

Hamas after Islamic Jihad commander killed: We will strike Tel Aviv

Hamas rocket barrages on southern Israel continued Sunday with almost 300 projectiles launched at Israel since Saturday.

Sveta Shtilrman stands at her living room inside a damaged building following a rocket attack from G

US blocks UN Security Council statement calling for ceasefire

He added that he was also concerned by violent clashes between Israeli security forces in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as well as internal rioting.

Police wrongfully arrested innocent family, new video evidence shows

The family was arrested on allegations of violent rioting despite not being at the scene of the event at the time.

Evangelicals donate bomb shelters to Israeli communities under attack

Christian parliamentarians call on the international community to condemn Hamas attacks

What do we know about the number of rockets fired at Israel?

The Iron Dome has an approximate 90% success rate intercepting rockets. So how many rockets have been fired, how fast, and how many were intercepted?

Abbas meets US envoy, calls on Biden admin. to end Israeli ‘aggression’

Abbas urged the US administration to intervene to end the Israeli “aggression” and “escalation” and to begin efforts to reach a political solution.

Israel is winning battles, Hamas is winning the war - analysis

The IDF is registering great achievements in Operation Guardians of the Walls, but meanwhile the house appears to be collapsing from within.

17/05/2021
Actress Gal Gadot receives the 2018 #See Her award at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards for her perfor

Celeb battles heat up on social media over Israeli, Palestinian conflict

This war is playing out on the battlefield of social media as well as on the streets of Israel and Gaza, and celebrities supporting both sides have spoken out, receiving both backlash and praise.

How much does Hamas’s rocket arsenal cost?

The arsenal of 14,000 rockets is believed to be worth millions.

Palestinians disappointed by int'l community’s stance on escalation

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz: "Israel is not preparing for a cease-fire. … Only when we achieve complete quiet can we talk about calm"

By SANAA ALSWERKY / THE MEDIA LINE
17/05/2021
Jordan's King Abdullah welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Amman airport

Ceasefire between Israel, Hamas may be within reach - Egypt, Jordan

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah have both tried to promote a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, as operation “Guardian of the Walls” enters its eighth day.

17/05/2021

Blinken discusses Gaza in calls with Qatari, Egyptian, Saudi counterparts

The truce efforts by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations have so far offered no sign of progress.

By REUTERS
17/05/2021

AP's top editor wants investigation into Israeli bombing of Gaza office

Israeli officials said they carried out the strike because Hamas was operating an intelligence cell out of that office building.

By REUTERS
17/05/2021

Security cabinet meets as pressure mounts on Israel to end Gaza operation

Publicly, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Hamas that “it’s not over yet”.

Israel slammed for strike on AP, Al Jazeera Gaza offices in attack on Hamas

White House calls on Israel, urging that the "safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility."

Netanyahu to Hamas: You can't hide, IDF strikes to last as long as needed

Israel's security cabinet is set to meet Sunday as ceasefire attempts by Egypt and Qatar failed to yield results.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces during a demonstrations in Bethlehem

IDF soldier injured, 2 Palestinians killed in West Bank unrest

The clashes come amid heightened violence in the West Bank and within Israel as part of tensions surrounding Gaza and Jerusalem.

16/05/2021

IDF launches massive strike against Gaza, bombs Hamas chief’s home

A man was killed in the central city of Ramat Gan after Hamas fired a volley of close to 30 rockets at central Israel in a large barrage on Saturday afternoon.

Leicester City players wave Palestinian flag after FA Cup victory

The move was meant to be in solidarity with the Palestinians, as Israel is currently fighting the Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas in an escalating conflict.

Riots deal severe blow to Arab-Jewish political cooperation - analysis

The tidings of such a government were that at long last an Arab party was ready to put aside the banner issue of Palestinian statehood and instead advance the interests of Arab citizens of Israel.

Pro-Palestinian protests held around the world

In Paris, the gathering was banned by police and at the request of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, with authorities citing fears the protest could turn violent.

Factoring in the Israeli psyche when rockets stop falling from Gaza - analysis

But still, these will be the calls from abroad, including from friends and the well-meaning: just create a Palestinian state and put an end to all this already.

15/05/2021

Bennett to consider all options ahead of Yesh Atid deadline to form gov't

Yamina MK Ayelet Shaked denied reports that Bennett's statement ruling out a government of change was the result of pressure from her.

15/05/2021

Biden urges Gaza-Israel calm in first call with Abbas

The US considers Hamas a terrorist organization, and does not talk with the group.

By REUTERS
15/05/2021

Thousands gather in northern Israel for Nakba Day protests

11 Palestinians were killed and 150 injured out of some 5,000 Palestinians who demonstrated to show solidarity with Hamas and the Gaza Strip.

By SHIRA SILKOFF
15/05/2021

Funeral held of man Lebanon says was killed by Israeli fire on border

Protesters gathered again on Lebanon side of border with Israel on Saturday, waving Palestinian and Hezbollah flags.

By REUTERS
15/05/2021
Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh attends a meeting with members of international media in Gazaa

Iran reveals its strategy advising Hamas on war against Israel

What is important here is that the conversation with Ghaani comes as Iranian media published a unique look at Israel’s air defense systems, asserting that Israel is showing new vulnerabilities.

This is how Israel destroys Hamas terror tunnels - Watch

Illustrative video released by IDF demonstrates what the Hamas underground tunnel netword looks like and how it was destroyed.

Ariel Markose says, "No in my name"

#NotInMyName: Hundreds of Jerusalem women say 'choose life, not violence'

“Civil violence is not the answer, no matter what side you are on.”

Prison guards granted the power to arrest civilians amid ongoing violence

The elite prison unite will be temporarily granted the power to detain, search, and arrest civilians until the violence across Israel is under control.

Hezbollah member killed after trying to cross into Israel from Lebanon

Three rockets were fired from Syria as anger continues to boil in the Arab world

By SHIRA SILKOFF , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/05/2021

Iraqis hold anti-Israel protests after call by cleric, militias

Thousands of demonstrators shouted anti-Israeli slogans, held signs saying "Death to Israel, death to America" and waved Palestinian flags.

By REUTERS
15/05/2021

Israel continues massive bombardments against Hamas targets

Over 750 Hamas targets have been hit since the beginning of Operation Guardians of the Walls

A Palestinian protester burns a replica Israeli flag as another holds a Palestinian flag

Pro-Iranian groups in Iraq prepare Israeli flags to step on

The painting began early in the morning while it was still dark. Photos showed men placing white on the pavement, before they would add the blue of Israel’s flag.

Jewish, Arab riots leave dozens injured across the country

Netanyahu said during his visit to Lod on Thursday that there is no greater threat than the internal disturbances brewing throughout the country.

As violence rages, Netanyahu is eating what he cooked

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Netanyahu had a policy – to back Hamas and undermine Abbas, and that policy has this week unraveled.

US objects to UN meeting on Israel, Gaza on Friday

Such statements are agreed by consensus. All 15 council members also have to agree to a meeting under rules guiding the body's virtual operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By REUTERS
14/05/2021

Rockets fired at Ashdod as health minister visits local hospital

Assuta Medical Center was inaugurated in 2017. Most of its structure was built as a bomb shelter.

Hamas supporters watch armed Hamas militants parade in central Gaza City.

Is it legal for IDF to blow up banks, internal security? - analysis

A similar shift is taking place as the IDF starts to hit Hamas government institutions, such as its internal security headquarters.

UNSC to meet on Sunday on Israeli-Palestinian violence

The 15-member body met in the aftermath of Jerusalem violence on Monday but was unable to reach the consensus needed for a joint statement.

14/05/2021
President Reuven Rivlin casts his ballot at a voting station in Jerusalem, during the Knesset Electi

Rivlin appeals to Arab and Jewish leadership amid rising tensions

Rivlin made the point that extremists are the only ones who benefit from their brutality, while ordinary citizens pay the price.

‘We are family’: Jewish and Arab medical staff respond to ethnic tensions

Hospital workers vow to continue to represent an island of coexistence and ask the rest of the Israeli society to learn from them.

Gaza rockets spark civil unrest among Israel's Jews, Arabs

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Israeli coexistence goes up in flames amid interethnic violence

Amid ongoing violence, Israeli Jews, Arabs hold coexistence rallies

Several groups of Jewish and Arab mayors and municipal leaders have met and appealed for calm, while coexistence groups have called for a halt to inter-communal violence.

Sheikh Jarrah families’ 50-year battle for homes

PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS: The street itself has become a known protest site, with police barricades at both ends and almost nightly clashes with police and at times between them and their Jewish neighbors

As Israel-Palestinian conflict rages, Biden struggles to catch up

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: After de-emphasizing region, US officials were left with a muddled message, few effective moves

Israeli Arabs and Jews: End of the honeymoon period?

Does the violence between Jews and Arabs in Israel's mixed cities mark the end of the honeymoon between the majority and the minority in the country?

13/05/2021
SCALES OF JUSTICE decorate the International Criminal Court building in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2

ICC prosecutor warns against crimes in Israel-Palestinian violence

Israel and Palestinian Islamist groups plunged this week into their fiercest round of fighting since 2014.

By REUTERS
13/05/2021

Will this Hamas conflict be different than others?

If Israel uses the same playbook as in the past, why should it expect any different result with Hamas?

FADC chair Barbivai to IDF, police: How can we fight on all fronts?

IDF and police commanders have opposed using the IDF internally even as legal officials have approved it.

Biden: Israel has right to defend itself from Gaza rocket terrorism

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israeli-Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr planned to visit the region next week, and moved his trip up in light of the escalation.

Israel's latest operation against Gaza is far from over - analysis

Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Zvika Haimovich: While the salvo strategy and missiles used by Hamas and PIJ are not new, Hamas “has improved their skills.”

The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, befor

Does Iran hold the key to ending Israel's fight with Hamas, PIJ?

Hamas and PIJ officials have told Egyptian, Qatari and other mediators that they would be ready to stop their attacks on Israel once Israel stops its military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Biden failed the Israel-Palestinian rocket and riot test - analysis

Biden’s mistakes began before the first rocket was fired: US Mideast policy expert

Fire continues to blaze at Ashkelon's Trans-Israel pipeline - background

Firefighters are still working to control the large fire blazing the trans-Israel energy pipeline in Ashkelon.

12/05/2021

Owner of torched Uri Buri restaurant vows: Nothing will break me

Uri Buri, which is located in an ancient stone building overlooking the Acre harbor, was the most prominent landmark to be hit by the violence.

Buildings hit, streets burning: The images Hamas, Iran wanted - analysis

Images are important. The images of the Israeli police in the al-Aqsa mosque helped to create an excuse for violence.

Police Officers clash with Palestians at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on April 21, 2021. Clashes erupt

TikTok videos spread lies about Israel - here’s what you can do about it

"If they are exposed to the interpretation of the news through TikTok, that should make us worried.”

ICC threatens new war crimes allegations against Israel, Hamas

The ICC prosecutor in March announced an official investigation into possible war crimes committed in the Palestinian Territories.

WJC President Lauder: Israel must protect its citizens

"Under these circumstances, Israel has no choice but to respond with the force necessary to protects its citizens and put a stop to this threat.”

Netanyahu: We will bring rule of law to Israel’s cities with an iron fist

The prime minister also called on Arab leaders to condemn the violence and act to stop it, saying that Israelis are proud of coexistence and will not let others harm it.

Palestinians run as Israeli military vehicle fires tear gas canisters during an anti-Israel protest

The riots across Israel fuel Arab media 'one state' solution supporters - analysis

The "one state” narrative which supports Israel being part of a larger greater Palestinian state that includes Gaza and the West Bank has received a boost by the riots and clashes in Israel.

Sheikh Jarrah, Shimon Hatzadik: A tale of two gravesites in Jerusalem

The current dispute surrounding the Sheikh Jarrah area has deep roots, stretching back to the first years of Arab and Jewish settlement outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, in the 19th century.

Jerusalem unrest: An inside view of tensions boiling outside Damascus Gate

The barricades, like the protests in nearby Sheikh Jarrah, seem to have been more an excuse, a kind of symbol that crowds could set their anger against, rather than the real problem.

Indian woman killed by Hamas rocket had been working in Israel for 7 years

Soumya Santosh was from Kerala's Idukki district, and has been working in Israel for seven years, according to relatives quoted by news agency PTI.

Pro-Palestinian protest arrives at NY Israeli consulate, sparks clashes

Embassy staff were sent home on Tuesday due to safety concerns, according to Fox News.

Israel is not ready for a ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza – official

“There will be a ceasefire when we're ready for it,” the official added.

Gaza: Hamas, Islamic Jihad vow to step up rockets against Israel

Senior leaders of Hamas and PIJ, meanwhile, have reportedly gone into hiding out of fear of being targeted by Israel.

Rocks thrown on Temple Mount, terror attempts thwarted in the West Bank

A student activist for the Kumi Israel movement reported being saved from an attempted assault by right-wing protesters in Beersheba.

Yemen’s Houthis say they joined 'anti-Israel' front - analysis

Houthis say more openly what was said in propaganda in the past. Now they have begun to raise funds for the Palestinians.

Israel has to do something different when it comes to Gaza - analysis

"We don't want to enter Gaza, but if we have to, we will"

Israel under attack amid escalation - in photos

As Gaza fires rocket after rocket into Israeli territory, Israelis along the border and in Jerusalem run for cover amid escalations in the Temple Mount and Sheikh Jarrah.

People enjoy and bath in the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) next to the city of Tiberias on June 23, 2015

Israeli hotels, attractions open doors to residents from the South

Various hotels, attractions and resorts throughout Israel are offering discounted and free visits for residents living in Gaza border communities.

What do Hamas and PIJ have in their rocket arsenals? - analysis

Most of the rockets in the Gaza groups’ arsenals have been around since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, but some first came to light in 2019.

People hold Hamas flags as Palestinians gather after performing the last Friday of Ramadan to protes

What is Hamas trying to achieve by fighting Israel? - analysis

Events of the past few weeks have allowed Hamas to show that it remains a major player in the Palestinian arena and is popular among the Palestinians.

Nursery in a bomb shelter: Ashkelon hospital gears up for rockets

“Our staff is receiving the injured in the emergency room while their families are at home in complete uncertainty,” doctor tells 'Post.'

Jerusalem, Gaza: Key takeaways from Israel-Palestinian violence - analysis

Israel should harbor no illusions and realize that oftentimes "being smart, not right” will make absolutely no difference on the ground.

11/05/2021

Jerusalem violence raises tensions in Israel-Gulf ties

“There’s universal dislike of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, who are seen as people looking to pervert Islam…by many people in the Abraham Accords and those who might join.”

World leaders urge calm amid growing violence between Israelis, Palestinians

"This is unacceptable escalation," the State Department said. "While we urge de-escalation on all sides, we also recognize Israel's legitimate right to defend itself, its people and its territory."

Jews dancing while fire rages on Temple Mount lights up social media

Critics wrote scathing posts of how they were dancing as the Temple Mount was burning.

Ignoring rocket fire, most foreign media focus on Israel’s airstrikes

The most anti-Israel coverage, unsurprisingly, is in the Iranian and Turkish media. Iran and Turkey both support Hamas.

What will deterrence with Hamas look like with different potential governments? - analysis

The IDF's deterrence with the Palestinian terrorist group was shattered on Monday with seven rockets fired at Jerusalem itself.

Rivlin: Palestinian extremists turning Temple Mount into weapons cache

“No country in the world would accept a situation like this. We will never accept this reality. We will protect our citizens by all means necessary.”

Right-wing MKs demand escalation amid rocket fire targeting Israel

Former defense minister Liberman: "Netanyahu is good for Hamas."

11/05/2021

IDF strikes more than 130 terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip

In retaliation for the rocket-fire, the IDF carried out waves of airstrikes against 130 terror targets in the Strip, an operation they call “Guardians of the wall.”

UNSC members call for calm amid Jerusalem, Gaza violence flare-up

The United Nations Security Council held a closed door session on Monday to discuss rising tensions in east Jerusalem, particularly around the Temple Mount, also known as al Haram al Sharif.

Can Mansour Abbas douse the flames in Jerusalem? - analysis

Violence has erupted again, this time on the Temple Mount, inside the al-Aqsa mosque, and there is no clear cause and effect.

10/05/2021
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