JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Founded by just seven people in Gaza, Hamas now has political and military leaders spread across the Arab world, complicating its ability to send a unified message for negotiating an end to a seven-week war with Israel.
In less than 30 years, what was a grassroots Islamic group has expanded well beyond the confines of Gaza, a narrow coastal enclave hemmed in by Israel and Egypt.
JERUSALEM, Aug 24 (Reuters) – The Israeli army has released
what it says is a page from a seized Hamas training manual that
would appear to support its case that Palestinian militants
deliberately use the cover of residential areas for combat
Hamas, which denies it puts civilians at risk by storing and
firing weapons from built-up areas, dismissed the document as a
forgery intended to justify Israeli attacks that have killed
hundreds of children, women and other non-combatants.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Even before starting work as chairman of a U.N. human rights commission investigating the Gaza war, Canadian law professor William Schabas has been vilified as an apologist for Iran incapable of setting aside his perceived anti-Israel bias.
Full page adverts have been taken out against him in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, while the Facebook page of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a leader of the anti-Schabas campaign, has attracted more than 30,000 “likes”.
JERUSALEM/GAZA, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Israel and the
Palestinians have given themselves five days to come up with a
comprehensive agreement to end the war in Gaza. While that is a
welcome extension on past ceasefires, there is still a
dangerously long way to go to bridge their differences.
After agreeing to Egypt’s proposal to extend the halt in
hostilities until Aug. 18 – a deal clinched with barely an hour
to run on the previous, 72-hour pause – Palestinian and Israeli
negotiators left Cairo to consult with their leaders.
JERUSALEM, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Israel’s month-long war with
Hamas in Gaza has added fuel to a Palestinian boycott movement
and may damage investor sentiment towards Israel at the margins,
even if the $250 billion hi-tech economy looks set to emerge
Analysts expect the war to have dented growth and cost
several billion dollars – foreign tourism alone fell by 25
percent in July. But Israel has weathered such storms in the
past and tends to rebound within a few months, with output
expanding at around 3-4 percent a year in recent years.
BRUSSELS, July 3 (Reuters) – After six decades of relentless
if incremental integration, might the European Union be about to
go into reverse?
The “ever closer union” enshrined in EU treaties since 1957
no longer looks so assured after a voter backlash in May’s
European Parliament elections and Britain’s increasingly
strident demands for a looser relationship with Brussels.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders nominated Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission president on Friday by an overwhelming majority over the fierce objections of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who called it “a sad day for Europe”.
Cameron forced an unprecedented vote at an EU summit to dramatise his opposition both to the way the former Luxembourg prime minister was chosen and to his suitability for the most powerful EU job. He warned it could influence British voters’ eventual decision on whether to leave the European Union.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – David Cameron will make a last-ditch stand against the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission president on Friday, enforcing a point of principle that raises the risk of Britain leaving the European Union.
The British prime minister has made his opposition to Juncker abundantly clear. He sees the former Luxembourg premier as lacking the will and the skills to overhaul the EU and has told fellow leaders they are making a mistake in backing him – warning of unspecified ‘consequences’ if they persist.
YPRES Belgium/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders gathered in Belgium for a solemn ceremony on Thursday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One, determined to display unity despite deep disagreement over who should head their most influential institution.
At Mending Gate, a memorial to 50,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the battle of Yore’s, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to stand alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and other leaders to honor the fallen of what became known as the Great War.
BRUSSELS, June 25 (Reuters) – Britain’s slender hopes of
securing Italy’s support in its bid to stop Jean-Claude Juncker
becoming European Commission president crumbled on Wednesday
when Germany offered Rome on a gentler interpretation of EU
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s acknowledgement that European
Union deficit curbs should be applied flexibly to promote growth
was a gesture to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, all but
ensuring he backs Juncker’s nomination at a summit on Friday.