Israeli military may order troops to fire on adbuctors in future

Special to TEL AVIV — The Israeli military is examining the feasibility of ordering fire on its soldiers taken captive in an effort to avoid another massive release of Palestinian insurgents. Officials said Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz was drafting orders to prevent another Hamas abduction of soldiers at any cost. […]

Report: Jordan seen approving move by Hamas from Syria

Report: Jordan seen approving move by Hamas from Syria

Special to WASHINGTON — Jordan, under pressure from the Islamist opposition, appears ready to again host Hamas, a report said. The Hudson Institute asserted that Jordan’s King Abdullah was preparing to welcome Hamas after its expulsion more than a decade ago. The institute, in a report by Israeli analyst Khaled Abu Toameh, said Jordan […]

Hamas military chief: ‘We will continue to abduct Israeli soldiers’

Special to RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority has been accused of harassing Hamas prisoners released by Israel. The PA has not confirmed the Hamas report. Israel has released 477 Palestinians, most of them transferred to the Gaza Strip, and plans another release of 550 in December. The Hamas prisoner release is said to have […]

Obama administration concerned about release of Hamas insurgents who killed Americans

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has acknowledged concern over the release of senior Hamas operatives in a prisoner exchange with Israel. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama discussed the release of Hamas operatives convicted of planning suicide bombings and other attacks in which Americans were killed. More than a dozen […]

Israel set to release leading Hamas terror planners

Israel set to release leading Hamas terror planners

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has confirmed that it was releasing veterans of the Hamas insurgency network in the West Bank. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged that it planned to free the leading planners of Hamas suicide attacks over the last decade. The Prison Service said the detainees, regarded […]

Hamas reports increased Israeli drone ops as prisoner exchange nears

GAZA CITY — Hamas has reported increased Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle operations over the Gaza Strip. Officials said the Hamas regime has been monitoring Israeli UAVs over the Gaza Strip in mid-October. They said the Israel Air Force has deployed additional UAVs since the announcement of the prisoner exchange with Hamas on Oct. 13. “They […]

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