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Nov 22, 2012

Israel pulls back from Gaza, invasion force intact

ROUTE 232, Israel (Reuters) – Israel began withdrawing the army on Thursday that had been poised to invade the Gaza Strip to go after Hamas, with both sides declaring they had won their eight-day battle.

Dust-covered tanks and armored bulldozers were winched onto transporters and driven out of the same groves of straggly eucalyptus where they camped in January 2009 before going in.

Nov 21, 2012

Israel bus bomb complicates Gaza invasion equation

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu weighs whether to agree a truce with Hamas or send the Israeli army into Gaza, a bomb on a bus in Tel Aviv on Wednesday may sway reluctant national opinion behind a ground invasion.

“The time for restraint is over,” said Deputy Speaker Danny Danon of Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud party, after a blast that wounded 20 bus passengers and shocked a city just getting used to the idea of being in rocket range of the Gaza Strip.

Nov 20, 2012

Rockets hold up aid for Gaza from Israel

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Hamas rockets forced the closure of the main crossing point for humanitarian aid from Israel to Gaza on Tuesday, holding up the transfer of more than 100 truckloads of food and medical supplies including anesthetics, Israeli officials said.

Despite the fact its air force is bombarding the coastal enclave, Israel is trying to maintain the essential daily flow of basic foodstuffs into the Gaza Strip where most of 1.7 million Palestinians are dependent on aid.

Nov 19, 2012

Gaza invasion: it’s been done before, but this is different

SDEROT, Israel (Reuters) – Big armored bulldozers with blades tall enough to plough through houses and carve a path for tanks and infantry were lined up on Israel’s border with Gaza on Monday, ready to invade if given the order.

More of Israel’s formidable Merkava tanks were on the way south to join the battle lineup on a plain of fertile farmland and fruit groves. Soldiers camped out next to their armor. The observant Orthodox Jews among them said their daily prayers.

Nov 18, 2012

No panic for old men, watching Gaza rockets by the Jaffa shore

JAFFA, Israel (Reuters) – Emanuel Hatzofe, 84, took his time getting to the shelter of the thick concrete sea wall in Jaffa on Sunday when Israeli air-raid sirens over Tel Aviv warned of incoming rockets from the Gaza Strip.

The retired sea captain, once a guerrilla with the pre-state Jewish underground, carried his wooden stool with him, as well as a little cushion, for comfort.

Nov 17, 2012

Roots of Gaza crisis in crossed red lines

TEL AVIV/GAZA (Reuters) – Gaza’s Hamas movement wanted a showdown with Israel because its leaders are high on something called the Arab Spring and competing to become martyrs to the Palestinian cause.

Or, from another perspective, cynical Israeli politicians think a Gaza offensive will be a walkover that will assure re-election in January and at the same time provide a death-blow to Palestinian statehood moves at the United Nations.

Nov 17, 2012

Analysis: Roots of Gaza crisis in crossed red lines

TEL AVIV/GAZA (Reuters) – Gaza’s Hamas movement wanted a showdown with Israel because its leaders are high on something called the Arab Spring and competing to become martyrs to the Palestinian cause.

Or, from another perspective, cynical Israeli politicians think a Gaza offensive will be a walkover that will assure re-election in January and at the same time provide a death-blow to Palestinian statehood moves at the United Nations.

Nov 16, 2012

In Tel Aviv many stay cool as rockets explode

TEL AVIV, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Pleasure-loving, wheeler-dealer
Tel Aviv withstood Saddam Hussein’s Scud missiles 20 years ago
and Palestinian suicide bomb attacks a decade later.

The latest threat – Palestinian rockets from the Gaza Strip
- is something new, but in a sense familiar.

Nov 13, 2012

Israel, Palestinians put lid on Gaza, for now

TEL AVIV/GAZA (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians stepped back from the brink of a new war in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, sending signals to each other via Egypt that they would hold their fire unless attacked, after five days of mounting violence.

The tacit truce arrested an escalation to all-out fighting, but both sides remain armed and primed for another round in the unresolved conflict that has festered since Hamas Islamist militants took over the enclave in 2007.

Nov 12, 2012

Israel’s next war may be with Gaza, but not Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – If Israel goes to war with any of its neighbors before this year ends it will be with Gaza not Syria, despite appearances.

The Israeli army fired into Syria on Monday for the second day in a row, after a Syrian mortar round from fighting across the disengagement line hit the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.