February 22, 2019

Hamas to free Gilad Shalit in prisoner swap with Israel

Israel and Hamas have agreed a deal for the release of Sgt Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held hostage by Palestinian militants for five years. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal had been reached after arduous talks, and that Sgt Shalit would be back with his family "within … [Read more...]

Israeli air strikes hit Gaza militants following Eilat attack

The Israeli air force has carried out an air strike in Gaza on a house in Rafah, in retaliation for attacks in Israel. Israeli officials had warned that there would be trouble after militants attacked vehicles near Eilat in southern Israel killing seven people. The Israeli army killed seven of … [Read more...]

Massive protests in Israel over cost of living

Unprecedented protests in Israel have seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets to demand government action over the rising cost of living. The largest protest was in Tel Aviv where police said at least 200,000 people were on the streets, while another 30,000 marched in Jerusalem. Some … [Read more...]

Crime boss gunned down in Israel

Francois Abutbul - one of Israel's most prominent organized crime gangters has been gunned down in a drive-by shooting. Police say two men on a motorcycle opened fire (newswarped thinks that maybe one of them was steering the bike and one shooting) on Francois Abutbul early Sunday as he stopped … [Read more...]

Israeli commandos board Gaza protest boat

Israeli commandos have intercepted and boarded the Dignite-al Karamaa - a boat trying to breach Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Dignite-al Karama, was part of Freedom Flotilla II - a 10-vessel flotilla, that has been trying to breach the blockade for several weeks. Dignite-al Karama was … [Read more...]

Egypt to open Rafah border crossing with Gaza

Egypt is to permanently open the Rafah border crossing into Gaza permanently to most Palestinians from Saturday, the Egyptian state news agency Mena is reporting. Gaza has been under blockade since 2007, when the Islamist Hamas movement took control of the territory. The Mubarak regime in Egypt … [Read more...]

Obama wants Israel to return to pre-1967 borders

United States President Barack Obama has officially announced that it is U.S. policy that a future Palestinian state should be based on borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula in the so called 'six day … [Read more...]

Hamas and Fatah agree Palestinian reconciliation deal

Egypt has brokered an agreement between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party and Hamas, to bury their differences and form an interim unity government. The deal will once again unite the Fatah controlled West Bank, and the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip. A date will be fixed … [Read more...]

Abducted Italian activist found dead in Gaza

Vittorio Arrigoni a pro-palestinian Italian activist who was abducted on Thursday by armed men, has been found dead in the Gaza Strip hours only hours later. His captors had posted a video on YouTube, showing Arrigoni, blindfolded with tape. On the video they demanded that Hamas release a number … [Read more...]

Israel launches air strikes against Gaza

Israel has launches air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip which Palestinian medics sayhave injured 17 people. The attack was in retaliation the weekends rocket and mortar barrage into southern Israel by Palestinian militants. The barrage was the heaviest attack on Israel in two … [Read more...]

Egypt hosts Palestinian-Israeli peace talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik next week. Hillary is going to have another crack at Middle-East peace. It is hard not to get cynical when … [Read more...]