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Dozens of Israeli Intel Soldiers Refuse to Serve

Israeli soldiers patrol during clashes with Palestinians as troops search for three missing Israeli teens and look to dismantle the Islamic militant group, Hamas (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

JERUSALEM — Dozens of reserve soldiers from an elite Israeli intelligence unit publicly declared Friday that they are refusing to operate in the Palestinian territories, citing moral reasons. Soldiers from Unit 8200 — Israel's equivalent of the eavesdropping, code-breaking U.S. National Security Agency — aired their grievances in the Yediot Ahr... more

Rights Group Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza

wounded Palestinians

JERUSALEM — A leading international rights group on Thursday alleged that Israel committed war crimes during this summer's Gaza war, saying it reached that conclusion after investigating three attacks on or near United Nations-run schools housing displaced Palestinians. Human Rights Watch said it investigated the strikes at the schools in three... more

Israelis Skeptical of PM's Gaza Victory Claim

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday. The poll, published in the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper, shows that 54 per cent of ... more

Israel, Hamas Agree to Open-Ended Gaza Cease-Fire

Palestinians chant slogans as they gather to celebrate the cease-fire in Gaza City, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. Hamas declared victory and bursts of celebratory gunfire erupte... more

Israeli Airstrike Kills 3 Senior Hamas Leaders

Israeli strike in northern Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip  — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the group said, in what is likely to be a major blow to the organization's morale and a significant achievement for Israel's intelligence agency. The pre-dawn strike leveled a four-story house in the southern town of Rafa... more

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