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.

War of the words: The social media battleground of Israel-Gaza clashes

A compilation and analysis of slogans popular on social media during Operation Guardian of the Walls that were triggering to many Jewish Israelis.

Hamas: We are closely following events in Jerusalem, al-Aqsa

Senior Hamas official Khalil al Hayya said that the ceasefire between his group and Israel will remain "fragile" as long as the flag march planned by Jewish groups in Jerusalem remains "on the table.

Jonathan Pollard: Let's 'decisively' win the war for Jerusalem

He spoke in support of a push by the Right to hold a flag march in Jerusalem that went through the Damascus Gate and the Muslim Quarter.

IDF indicts alleged terrorist murderer of Yehuda Guetta

A resident of Jerusalem, Guetta had been a student in the Itamar Yeshiva. He is survived by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

A Palestinian child wearing Hamas headband at a rally marking the 30th anniversary of Hamas in Gaza

US-funded Palestinian NGOs introduced children to convicted terrorists

NGOs presented the terrorists as role models while publicly demonstrating 'support for terrorists and US-designated terrorist organizations'

Turning Gaza Rockets into works of art

Some artists are collecting fragments of rockets that were intercepted or exploded upon hitting the ground, and turning them into works of art.

Drones found among dual-use products entering Gaza Strip, Nov. 2019

IDF thwarts over 1,000 attempts to smuggle dual-use weapons into Gaza

The items identified by staff of the postal inspection facility at the Beitunia crossing included drones, radio devices, frequency jammers and listening equipment.

IDF chief Kohavi: Be modest with how long Gaza deterrence will last

Deterrence is “an elusive concept subject to the cruel judgment of the time,” IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi said.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh In Cairo

Hamas military commanders invited to Cairo for prisoner swap talks

Israeli security officials are also scheduled to arrive in Cairo to discuss the prisoner exchange issue.

At least 1 teenager killed in Gaza violence was member of a terror group - report

In an article published by The New York Times on May 28th, the names and pictures of 67 children under the age of 17 were killed in Israel and in Gaza.

Foreign Ministry snubs EU envoy over Gaza conflict stance

Foreign Ministry representatives refused to meet with EU envoy due to dissatisfaction with EU high commissioner's statements.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech

Nasrallah: Any attack on Jerusalem means regional war

Nasrallah stated that Hezbollah is in contact with "anyone who is willing to be part of this regional equation," with Yemen's Houthis being the first.


Erdan to AP CEO: Hamas worked on anti-Iron Dome tech in AP Gaza building

Hamas had intelligence, research and development offices in building Israel struck last month.

Bulgarian official admitted Hezbollah involvement in bus bombing

A Bulgarian prosecutor provided evidence to the court handling Hezbollah’s involvement in the Burgas bus bombing.

Longest serving Jordanian prisoner in Israel arrives home

Abu Jaber, who was among 22 political prisoners held in Israeli jails, headed to his parents' home in the teeming Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp near the Jordanian capital Amman, witnesses said.

Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh attends a meeting with members of international media in Gazaa

Hamas chief in Egypt for talks ahead of meeting of Palestinian factions

Egypt has tried in the past to foster cooperation between Palestinian factions that is seen as crucial to any wider efforts to promote peace in the region.


'Chariots of Fire' drill delayed until 2022

Large scale drill was postponed due to the outbreak of and Gaza conflict

YAHYA SINWAR, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, has proven more than once he is pragmatic and is willing

Sinwar: Next war with Israel will change the Middle East

Addressing Palestinian academics in the Gaza Strip, a defiant Sinwar again boasted that Hamas had won the last round of fighting with Israel.

Police arrest 'iconic' twin Palestinian activists from Sheikh Jarrah

The detentions comes a day after police in Sheikh Jarrah arrested a reporter with Qatar-based media network Al Jazeera who had been covering a protest there.

Right-wing MKs plan Old City Muslim Quarter march as police turn to PM

Nationalist groups now want to hold that march along its traditional Damascus Gate route, but police are loath to authorize it fearing that it would reignite last month's Jewish-Arab violence.

UNRWA finds attack tunnel under one of its Gaza schools

The Agency also took issue with IDF activity, noting that the school was an emergency shelter and should have been immune from attack.

Egypt sends building equipment to begin Gaza reconstruction

Dozens of bulldozers, cranes and trucks flying Egyptian flags lined up along the border to begin crossing into the Gaza Strip, television pictures showed.


PA envoy to Ireland denies meeting Israeli counterpart

The report triggered protests and condemnations from some Palestinians who took to social media platforms to express outrage over the alleged meeting.

Hamas calls for Day of Rage in West Bank amid continued tensions

A passing vehicle fired at a bus stop near Kiryat Arba on Friday morning with no injuries reported in the incident.


Six Day War: When Israel reclaimed Jerusalem, its eternal capital

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Retracing the 54-year-old events leading to Israel's stunning 1967 victory


‘Palestinians ready to work with Bennett on economic cooperation’

"If he wants to work with us on economic issues, we say ahlan wa sahlan (welcome)."

Lod struggles to find way forward after Israeli-Arab riots

So much in Lod still remains unresolved: why the riots started, who is ultimately responsible and, most importantly, how to move forward.


Israel faced multi-front war during recent Gaza conflict

Iran may have used recent battles in Gaza as a dry run for future multi-front operations.

Ted Cruz shares video of Ashkelon house destroyed by Hamas rockets

The home visited by Ted Cruz the site of one of Israel's first casualties during the conflict: Soumya Santosh, a caretaker originally from Kerala's Idukki district in India.

First Gaza incendiary balloon since war sparks fire in southern Israel

Israeli officials warned earlier this month that both balloons and rockets from Gaza would receive a "powerful response."


Deadly Competition: The Iron Dome and the Gazan rocket race

The entire world had a front-row seat to the competition, but greater commentary is needed to explain how the race works.

Palestinians launch campaign to oust ‘illegitimate’ Abbas

Abbas is facing criticism for allegedly failing to support the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during the recent 11-day fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Iran: Hamas already rebuilding Iran-backed rocket arsenal

"The Palestinian resistance resumed production of missiles after the end of the recent Israeli aggression," Iranian media has stated.

Israelis Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu and Hisham Al-Sayed being held by Hamas in Gaza

Hamas refuses link between prisoner swap, Gaza ceasefire, reconstruction

Hamas is holding two Israeli civilians, Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, who entered the Gaza Strip on their own, and the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, killed in 2014.

Ashkenazi lands in Egypt in first Foreign Minister visit in 13 years

Ashkenazi’s visit comes as Egypt advances a formal, long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas following the 11-day exchange of fire that ended on May 21 with mediation from Cairo.

Senate GOP reintroduces 'Palestinian Int'l Terror Support Prevention Act'

The bill would impose sanctions “against foreign individuals, entities, and governments that provide support to Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and other Palestinian terrorist groups.

Israel's new Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi

Ashkenazi heads to Cairo as Egypt pushes for permanent ceasefire with Gaza

Israel is expected to tell the Egyptians that any agreement should include the return of the bodies of two soldiers believed killed in the 2014 Gaza war.

Palestinian Hamas militants carry a rocket as they parade during an anti-Israel rally in Gaza

Hamas parades drones and missiles, showing 'achievements'

The terrorist group governing the Gaza Strip has been showing off its arsenal of weaponry to show its strength against Israel

'Cairo wants ceasefire deal to include prisoner swap'

Reports indicate the Egyptian intelligence chief will visit Gaza for ceasefire talks.

Is now the time to press Hamas to free the captives from Gaza?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: In aftermath of the Gaza war, is there a window of opportunity for the release of Israeli captives?

From air defense to 'occupation': The plan for endless war in Gaza

The occupation narrative is designed to press Israel into always having to take full responsibility for Gaza, which will always be “occupied” no matter what the Jewish state does.

Israel's operation against Hamas was the world's first AI war

The IDF used artificial intelligence and supercomputing during the last conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Leah Goldin, mother of Hadar, speaks at a press conference, August 5, 2018

Leah Goldin attacks gov't officials for failing to negotiate return of son

Goldin lashes at anyone who refers to her son as dead, saying that a soldier who went out to defend the country and did not return is missing in action.

Why did Hezbollah stay on the sidelines this time around?

JPost One-on-One weekly 'Zoomcast': Episode 20 with Tamar Beeri and Alma Center CEO and Founder Sarit Zehavi


Baby injured by rock-throwing amid Jerusalem Day riots, suspects arrested

Tensions were high on Jerusalem Day this year as riots broke out on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, as well as in Sheikh Jarrah.

People accuse Israel of genocide. These human rights lawyers disagree.

Accusations that Israel has been committing genocide in Gaza have flown freely, from seasoned activists to Israeli-Palestinian issue for the first time on social media.


A Call for Reconciliation in the Midst of Israel’s Palestine Conflict

Reconciliation could heal the hatred in this protracted conflict. Reconciliation is more a process than the result of an ideal goal – a process for healing the burden of history.

Yahya Sinwar

Hamas's Sinwar: We have 500 km of tunnels in Gaza, only 5% were damaged

“We are ready for the great battle, if the enemy commits a great folly in Jerusalem and the holy sites," Sinwar said in his first speech since Operation Guardian of the Walls.


Sheikh Jarrah, the Nakba and beyond according to Ir Amim

Left-wing NGO Ir Amim, seeking “an equitable and stable Jerusalem with an agreed political future,” was founded in 2000 and became active as a nonprofit in 2004, heavily funded by foreign sources.


Ashkenazi: Israel, int’l community partnering to weaken Hamas

“This is an Israeli, Palestinian, regional and international interest that will strengthen stability in the Middle East,” Israeli FM Gabi Ashkenazi said.

Nessim Zalayet depicts the Farhud

Farhud pogrom commemorated with virtual candle-lighting ceremony

The ceremony was organized by David Dangoor, who is a businessman and philanthropist who grew up in the Jewish community of Baghdad and now lives in the UK.

UNRWA director in Gaza apologizes after saying IDF strikes were 'precise'

"So yes, they didn't hit – with some exceptions – civilian targets, but the viciousness, ferocity of the strikes was heavily felt."

Abbas: Ceasefire must include end to Jewish visits to Temple Mount

Abbas emphasized the importance of including the PA in any plan to rebuild the Gaza Strip after fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Blinken to ask Congress for $75m. in Palestinian aid

The US will reopen its consulate in Jerusalem.

Palestinians take part in a protest against a social security law in Ramallah

Palestinians protest against Blinken’s visit to Ramallah

The demonstration was organized by the National and Islamic Forces, an alliance of various Palestinian factions.

IDF's operation in Gaza meets with 78% Israeli approval - survey

IDI notes that its survey "found that the government received good grades from the public on the military execution of the operation and care for the home front"

Hezbollah video "advising" Israelis on how to leave Israel, May 24, 2021

Hezbollah infomercial aims to 'help' Israelis leave Israel

The video states that it aims to provide "hints and tips" on how to emigrate from Israel to other countries.


Did Israel walk into a Hamas trap in Gaza?

Hezbollah and Iran were empowered and Hamas was suddenly more popular than ever – and it wasn’t even being condemned for firing 4,000 rockets at Israeli civilians.

Flames rise following an Israeli air strike amid a flare-up of Israel-Palestinian violence

American killed fighting alongside Hamas during recent war - report

He was allegedly killed by an Israeli airstrike on May 12 along with his father, both of them rocket engineers.

5 reasons why Gaza war won’t lead to Israeli-Palestinian peace - analysis

Peace is so far from being attainable at this stage that Blinken’s efforts this week are unlikely to result in a formal IDF-Hamas ceasefire.

No ceasefire in Jerusalem as violence continues - analysis

The leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas stated in the past few days that the ceasefire does not mean that the “battle for Jerusalem” has ended.

Court to charge three Bat Yam lynching suspects with attempted murder

The victim, Said Musa of Ramle, was driving through the promenade of Bat Yam when residents discovered he was Arab, dragged him from his car and beat him.

Former Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon speaks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Ger

Former defense minister apologizes for statement against Israeli-Arabs

Joint List faction chairman Ahmad Tibi called what Ya'alon said dangerous and said it encourages Jews to harm Arabs.

Abbas: PA must be part of Gaza reconstruction

PA ‘optimistic’ regarding Biden’s new Mideast policy.

Israel's Gaza challenge: stopping metal tubes turning into rockets

Current & former officials see no easy answers, saying it is all but impossible to seal off even a relatively small area such as Gaza.


Clip features straight talk on Jewish-Arab coexistence

The Jewish person in the video complains about Arabs not serving in the army, incendiary comments by Arab politicians, reckless driving, honor killings, attacks on Jews and much more.

WJC head Lauder welcomes Israel-Hamas ceasefire, condemns antisemitism

Lauder also gave praise to multiple world leaders and political figures who voiced their support of Israel during the conflict.

Islamic Jihad confirms Hebron terrorist was affiliated with movement

Zahdeh was featured on a list of 20 PIJ terrorists who died during Operation Guardian of the Walls, referred to by Palestinians as "Sword of Jerusalem."

Acre: A model of Israeli coexistence struggles after racial riots

INTERNAL AFFAIRS: “The best way to describe Acre is like Jerusalem, but without all the stress and conflict, and set on water."

Gaza war, while big, took Israel's focus from greater Iran deal - analysis

Gaza is not going away and will remain a critical issue to resolve, but the Iranian nuclear issue is the one potential existential challenge to Israel's existence.

Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators march in Britain

Protesters called for sanctions on Israel during the march in London.


Erdan: Some UN states happy to see high number of dead Jews

The UN backing Hamas over Israel is like backing ISIS or the Nazis, he said.

A Palestinian militant walks past the home of Islamic Jihad field commander Baha Abu Al-Atta after i

Palestinian Islamic Jihad: 19 of our men killed by Israel

The PIJ’s military wing, al-Quds Brigades, said in a statement that its members were killed “while performing their Jihad (holy war) during the ‘Sword of Jerusalem’ battle.”

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

Hamas warns Palestinians: Don’t talk about the sites targeted by Israel

Palestinians were also warned against making statements to “suspicious parties impersonating relief or charitable institutions.”

People wave Palestinian flags during Eid al-Fitr prayers

PA mufti expelled from prayers at al-Aqsa for not supporting Hamas, Gaza

Protesters shouted slogans in support of Hamas and denounced the Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, for his affiliation with the Palestinian Authority.

Touring Gaza, UN envoy presses both Israel, Hamas over ceasefire

The ceasefire, which began early on Friday, ended 11 days of Israeli aerial attacks and barrages of rockets fired at Israel by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.


Israeli satirists blast John Oliver’s segment on Israel-Gaza conflict

“It pained me to see a personal hero of mine saying something so unfair, unjust, and simplistic," comedian Tom Aharon said.


WhatsApp helps Gaza border communities lead normal life amid conflict

Apps like Facebook and Twitter have become a valuable resource during emergencies, allowing quick and reliable communication when needed and used as a communal coping mechanism.

Gaza war, while big, took Israel's focus from greater Iran deal - analysis

Gaza is not going away and will remain a critical issue to resolve, but the Iranian nuclear issue is the one potential existential challenge to Israel's existence.

Netanyahu, defense chiefs call operation ‘game-changing’ defeat of Hamas

“The public doesn’t know everything, Hamas doesn’t know everything, but all our achievements will be revealed over time.”

UK, EU officials welcome news of ceasefire in Israel and Gaza

"All sides must work to make the ceasefire durable and end the unacceptable cycle of violence and loss of civilian life."

Sam Grundwerg, World Chairman of Keren Hayesod UIA

During Guardian of the Walls, Keren Hayesod guarded the People of Israel

Organization provided $4 million in support for southern residents

No rockets since 2 a.m. ceasefire, over 100 km of Hamas tunnels destroyed

About 40 rockets were fired before the ceasefire came into effect with 90% of them falling in open areas and the others intercepted.

Dennis Ross: If Hamas has rockets, there can only be a short-term truce

JPost One-on-One weekly 'Zoomcast': Episode 19 with Tovah Lazaroff and United States Middle East envoy Dennis Ross.

Is the Hamas ‘terror army’ unbeatable?

MILITARY AFFAIRS: With a ceasefire imminent, the military capabilities in Gaza may have been damaged, but the IDF had difficulty delivering a knockout.

Ex-IDF chief Eisenkot: Hezbollah worried by Israel’s might

“Hezbollah is following and is worried, in my opinion, about what they see.”

Iran and Hamas’s Jerusalem/Gaza offensive against Israel

BEHIND THE LINES: As ever, Iran prefers to avoid direct involvement. But without its backing, support and expertise, the latest Hamas offensive against Israel would have been inconceivable.

How does the IDF use cyber defense systems against Hamas threats?

The mission of the IDF's cyber section is, using advanced technological tools, to research and characterize cyber targets posing a threat to the IDF and Israel.

Can Arab-Jewish peace survive the ongoing violence in Israel?

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Hamas’s latest offensive was timed to preempt the Arab-Jewish reconciliation that a Bennett-Abbas government was set to inspire.

Amid Gaza conflict, global response to Israel not as bad as on TV

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Despite expected social media rants and tweets, world reaction to Israel’s campaign against Hamas has been encouraging.


Abbas struggles to stay relevant in the Israel-Palestinian conflict

PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS: Overshadowed by Hamas, the PA president aims to show that he remains the one and only address for resuming the stalled peace process.

UN chief: Lives of Gaza children is a hell on Earth

While many UN member states have hesitated to mention Hamas or its rockets, Guterres spoke out against both.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews donates a portable bomb shelter to southern Isra

As Israel fights against Hamas, Evangelicals stand with the Jewish State

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews provides food, bomb shelters and other support to Israelis in need

Summary of indictments against Israeli-Arabs, Jews amid growing violence

A statement from the Justice Ministry said the vast majority of the indictments had a “nationalist-racist background” to them.

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