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Nov 16, 2012

Massing troops and tanks near Gaza, Israel says wants no war

JERUSALEM, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Israeli tanks and troops
massed outside Gaza and the military said on Friday it was
calling up 16,000 reservists, signs of a possible imminent
invasion of the Palestinian enclave after 48 hours of air
strikes.

Israel’s warplanes, drones and helicopters appeared to shift
focus from suspected Palestinian rocket sites to the northern
Gaza frontier, where their bombs created incursion corridors by
clearing landmines or guerrilla gun nests.

Nov 15, 2012

Analysis: Israel not rushing to invade Gaza

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s threat to reprise its Gaza invasion of four years ago if its air strikes against Hamas do not end rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave masks important differences between then and now.

Two days into the assault, the absence of the saturated aerial bombing seen at the start of the last Gaza war in 2008 suggested the Israelis were not yet carving safer access points for ground troops.

Nov 14, 2012

Hamas reeling but defiant as Israel pounds Gaza

JERUSALEM, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Israel exchanged the fiercest
fire with Hamas in years after assassinating its military
mastermind and threatening a wider offensive in the Gaza Strip
to stem Palestinian rocket salvoes.

Launched on Wednesday during a deceptive lull in almost a
week of surging cross-border violence, Israel’s air assault had
an intensity recalling the outset of the 2008-09 Gaza war though
this time the Palestinian death toll of 10 was far lower.

Nov 14, 2012

Israel says Syrian rebels hold villages on Golan slopes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are faltering against rebels, some of whom are dug in on the eastern foothills of the Golan Heights, Israel said on Wednesday.

The violence near the Israeli-occupied Golan has jarred the Jewish state, which this week twice shot back after stray Syrian fire hit its side – the old foes’ first armed engagement over the strategic plateau since 1973.

Nov 11, 2012

Israel fires guided missile to warn Syria over shelling

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel fired a guided missile into Syria on Sunday in a potent “warning shot” after mortar fire from fighting between Syrian troops and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for the second time in four days.

Israel Radio said it was the first direct engagement of the Syrian military on the Golan since the countries’ 1973 war. It highlighted international fears that Syria’s civil war could ignite wider regional conflict.

Nov 11, 2012

Israel says may escalate as Hamas joins Gaza clashes

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said it was poised to escalate attacks on the Gaza Strip on Sunday following a surge of rocket and mortar salvoes by Hamas and other Palestinian factions.

A missile strike wounded four Israeli troops on jeep patrol along the Gaza boundary on Saturday, triggering army shelling that killed four Palestinian civilians and, in turn, dozens of short-range rocket launches out of Gaza that paralysed Israel’s southern border towns.

Nov 11, 2012

Israel fires warning shots at Syria over Golan shelling

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli forces fired into Syria on Sunday in what the military called a warning, after stray munitions from fighting between Syrian troops and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The incident, described by Israel Radio as the first direct engagement of the Syrian military on the Golan since the countries’ 1973 war, highlighted international fears that Syria’s civil war could ignite wider regional conflict.

Nov 11, 2012

Israel says ready to escalate as Hamas joins Gaza clashes

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said it was poised to escalate attacks on the Gaza Strip on Sunday following a surge of rocket and mortar salvoes by Hamas and other factions in the Palestinian enclave.

A missile strike wounded four Israeli troops on jeep patrol along the Gaza boundary on Saturday, triggering army shelling that killed four Palestinian civilians and, in turn, dozens of short-range rocket launches out of Gaza that paralyzed Israel’s southern border towns.

Nov 4, 2012

Israel says halted African migration across Egypt border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has stopped the unapproved influx of African migrants across its once porous border with Egypt after months of intensive counter-measures, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

More than 60,000 Africans, most of them men, have walked into the Jewish state in recent years seeking work or refuge. They have stirred fear for public order and demographics, coming under occasional racially-motivated street violence.

Nov 1, 2012

Abbas hints has no “right of return” to home in Israel

JERUSALEM, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas made a rare if symbolic concession to Israel on Thursday,
saying he had no permanent claim on the town from which he was
driven as a child during the 1948 war of the Jewish state’s
founding.

Among several disputes deadlocking Middle East peace talks
has been the Palestinians’ demand that as many as five million
of their compatriots be granted the right to return to lands in
Israel that they or their kin lost.