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Hamas said using cement, steel from UN aid to repair attack tunnels

Israel has been concerned that UN building materials will be diverted by Hamas to rebuild military tunnels. / AP

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has determined that Hamas was using shipments of cement and other building material to restore its attack tunnel network in the Gaza Strip. Officials said the military has assessed that Hamas was diverting building […]

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Hamas conducting daily test launches of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea

Rockets are being test-launched almost daily from Gaza. / Reuters

Special to GAZA CITY — Hamas has conducted a series of launches as part of efforts to produce a long-range rocket. Israeli and Palestinian sources said Hamas has been firing rockets nearly daily from bases in the Gaza Strip […]

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Egyptian Army presses attack on Ansar strongholds in Sheik Zweid

Egyptian military helicopters in the eastern Sinai Peninsula.  / AFP

Special to CAIRO — The Egyptian Army has launched ground operations in the heart of the Islamic insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula. Security sources said the army has sent commando units to attack suspected strongholds of Ansar Beit Maqdis […]

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Why not a ‘Caribbean solution’ for the Israel-Palestinian issue?

Sec. of State John Kerry in Paris on March 30. / AP

Special to By Norman Bailey All diplomatic efforts having failed, perhaps it’s time to look at a new solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry and Clinton and Indyk and Erekat and God knows how many others have failed. The […]

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Western embassies close in Egypt amid ISIL terror threats

British embassy in Cairo.

Special to CAIRO — Western embassies, amid threat of an Al Qaida-aligned attack, have been suspending operations in Egypt. At least two Western embassies have closed while others were restricting operations in Cairo. In a 24-hour period, Britain and […]

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Israel releases details on 7 of 8 investigations of Gaza War

Israeli soldiers near the border with Gaza, on July 27. / Miriam Alster / Flash90

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has launched eight criminal investigations into attacks conducted during the war against Hamas in mid-2014. The military, under threat of an international probe, said it opened eight criminal investigations into the 50-day […]

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Obama administration won’t deny report it may impose sanctions on Israel


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has still not ruled out imposing sanctions on Israel for building Jewish homes in Jerusalem. The administration of President Barack Obama has refused to dismiss reports that it was examining sanctions on […]

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Congress doubles funding approved by Obama for Israel’s Iron Dome

Iron Dome intercepts rocket from Gaza Strip on July 5. / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress has approved a significant increase in U.S. support for Israel’s Iron Dome missile and rocket defense system. On Dec. 2, a conference committee of the House and Senate agreed on the terms of the […]

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Israel reports Hamas arsenal of 6,000 rockets includes long-range M-302s

Long-range M-302 rockets captured by Israel from a ship on the Red Sea in early 2014.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has detailed the Hamas missile and rocket arsenal during the war in mid-2014. The Israeli military said Hamas contained 6,000 rockets during the first stage of the 50-day war in July and August. […]

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Hamas said activating Jerusalem cells as Israel rocked by synagogue massacre

Israelis near funeral of Aryeh Kopinsky, Calman Levine and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg in Jerusalem, Nov. 18. / AFP

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has determined that Hamas activated operational cells in Jerusalem in advance of a bloody attack in a Jerusalem synagogue. Officials said the intelligence community has assessed that Hamas was activating operational cells based in […]

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