The Gaza Strip, often referred to simply as Gaza, is a small coastal territory in the Southern Levant that is north of Egypt's Sinai, East of the Mediterranean Sea, and South-West of Israel. 

The long-standing ruler of the Gaza Strip is Hamas, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by most Western states and international governmental organizations. Under Hamas, Gaza has been in a state of conflict with Israel. Several other terrorist organizations reside in Gaza and take part in the hostilities, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad, The Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, ISIS offshoots and others. 

Gaza is home to 1.5 Million Palestinians, largely Sunni Muslim, some who identify as refugees or descendents of refugees from territory now belonging to Israel. Gaza has a very young population, but is very impoverished due to mismanagement, corruption, conflict, and the redirection of taxes and financial aid to warfare. 

Due to the conflict between Gaza and Israel, the territory has been under blockade since 2007, though it shares one border and crossing, Rafah, with Egypt. A significant amount of smuggling occurs on this border, often through tunnels.

Gaza is surrounded by defensive structures created by the Israel Defense Forces to counter Gazan terrorist attacks. This includes a sensor fence that rings the perimeter, an underground barrier to prevent and detect tunneling, and a naval barrier to prevent naval frogman infiltration.

Rockets fired from Gaza have presented a major strategic challenge to Israel. Military infrastructure runs through Gaza's cities, including rocket infrastructure. Launch sites, munitions storage, command & control centres, bunkers and more can be found throughout Gaza, much of it underground. In the past, Hamas leaders have claimed that 500 k.m. of tunnel systems are laced throughout the Strip. 

Gaza was part of the British Mandate after the territory was relinquished the UK from the Ottoman Empire after World War One. After the Mandate dissolved, it was seized during Israel's War of Independence by Egypt, and ruled by the Egyptian puppet All-Palestine Government. During the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel captured the territory, and it was not returned along with other Egyptian holdings after the two made peace in the 1970s. 21 Israeli settlements were established within Gaza, but in 2005, Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Strip. In 2006, the Palestinians held legislative elections, but when Hamas won, there was a civil war, and Hamas seized full control of Gaza.

 From the disengagement onwards, Hamas and other terrorist organizations increased terrorist attacks against Israelis, and several operations have been fought to quell Gazan attacks, including 2008's Cast Lead, 2011's Pillar of Defense, 2014's Protective Edge, and 2021's Guardian of the Walls.

Read More

Israeli Druze singer Mike Sharif says he'll perform in Gaza soon

An Israeli Druze singer announced he would perform in Gaza soon, although receiving an entry permit to Gaza is difficult for Israelis.


Grapevine October 17, 2021: A woman's work...

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Aliyah Day: Reflections and advice on seventh aliyah anniversary

From witnessing the naming of a baby girl in a parking lot during COVID to explaining regional wars to a six-year-old grandson, here are lessons from seven years of residence in Israel.


IDF troops preparing for the next round with Gaza

IDF troops held a large-scale drill to prepare for the next round with terror groups in Gaza.

Kohavi: IDF combat units see highest number of recruits in 7 years

The military has been working to increase the motivation of young Israelis to join combat roles.

Israel and the PA: When no choice is the only choice

Like so many other Arab states and political entities, the PA can also be considered a failing enterprise. Case in point: Nizar Banat's assassination.

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the sixth 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates campaign

Bernie Sanders to support Iron Dome funding in exchange for Gaza aid

Asks Sen. Chuck Schumer to also supply $1 billion in aid to Gaza, as well as the Iron Dome funding.

Hamas will maintain calm in Gaza, has plan for prisoner swap - report

A source told Al Mayadeen that Hamas had supplied Egyptian intelligence with "a complete conception of the prisoner exchange deal with the occupation."

Palestinian prisoners wait to be released from Ketziot prison, southern Israel, October 1, 2007

Biden envoy talked with PA about dropping ‘pay for slay’

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr discussed "payments to individuals imprisoned for acts of terrorism" with Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Egypt to increase trade with Gaza starting Sunday - report

Egypt will reportedly allow increased trade and travel through the Rafah crossing with Gaza starting on Sunday.

Subscribe for our daily newsletter
Subscribe for our daily newsletter

By subscribing I accept the terms of use and privacy policy