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Aug 29, 2014

Fighting between Israel and Hamas entered its seventh week. On Tuesday, the fiftieth day of the conflict, Israel and the Palestinian factions agreed to an Egyptian brokered open-ended ceasefire. IPF issued a statement of support and remains guarded in our optimism that the halt to the fighting will be sustained. On Wednesday, Al-Qaida's Syria wing, Al-Nusra Front, and other Islamist fighters took control of the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border. On Thursday, a senior Palestinian official commented that the Palestinians would take Israel to the International Criminal Court unless the UN Security Council imposes a timeline for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian Territory. Many in Israel continue to have mixed feelings about the accomplishments of Operation Protective Edge, and with an end to fighting, the attention is now focused on the political and diplomatic outcomes of the operation.

Aug 27, 2014

Israel Policy Forum (IPF) welcomes the announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. We remain guarded in our optimism that the halt to the fighting will be sustained.  It is sad that Hamas refused and violated numerous prior Egyptian ceasefire attempts which closely resemble the current arrangement.  The injuries, loss of life and trauma incurred by Israelis and Palestinians after 50 days of fighting have been incredibly tragic.  

Aug 22, 2014

This week began with continued negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials in Egypt. On Monday, Israel’s Shin Bet reported that it had foiled a Hamas coup attempt in the West Bank. On Tuesday, the negotiations once again collapsed when Hamas fired a barrage of rockets into Israel. In the renewed violence, Israel has been able to successfully target top Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, including Raed al-Attar, Mohammed Abu Shamala, and Mohammed Barhoum. The condition of Mohammed Deif, Chief Commander of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, remains unknown.

Aug 15, 2014

This week began with the initiation of the second ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.  On Monday, the United Nations Human Rights Council announced that they will open an investigation to all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Israel replied by stating it will not cooperate with the commission and made arrangements to conduct its own investigation.  On Wednesday night, amid uncertainty, the three day ceasefire was extended by an extra five days.  Yesterday, tensions arose between Israel and the United States over reports that the US halted a military shipment to Israel.  Today, the Egyptian paper, A-Shorouk, published what it reports are the eleven clauses of the Egyptian ceasefire deal.  IPF joins the Jewish community in mourning the loss of Leonard “Leibel” Fein, a great advocate for peace.   

Aug 08, 2014

This week began with dual terror attacks in Jerusalem, sparking fear of a new Palestinian uprising.  On the eve of Tisha B’av tensions deescalated with the announcement of a 72 hour ceasefire brokered by Egypt.  This morning Hamas rejected to extend the ceasefire, and once again rockets and mortars were fired into Israel. 

Aug 01, 2014

Operation Protective Edge entered its fourth week, as Israeli journalists and officials harshly criticized Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to broker a cease-fire.   On Thursday night a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire was announced with the hope of being extended, yet on Friday morning the truce crumbled when Hamas conducted a suicide bombing and captured an Israeli soldier. Israel Policy Forum strongly denounces Hamas’ breach of the ceasefire.

Aug 01, 2014

Israel Policy Forum (IPF) is deeply saddened that the latest ceasefire attempt was violently upended by a Hamas suicide bomb, and the terror organization’s subsequent capture of an Israeli soldier, Hadar Goldin. 

Jul 25, 2014

The death toll continues to rise as Operation Protective Edge enters its third week.  The start of this week saw heavy fighting in the Sajaiya neighborhood in Gaza.  On Wednesday, a rocket landed nearby Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, leading the FAA to suspend American flights in and out of Israel for 48 hours.  Secretary Kerry remained in the region to continue efforts to forge a humanitarian and, ultimately a long-term, ceasefire. As the operation continues, many questions remain as to how the fighting will end, including whether Israel will declare a unilateral ceasefire, or be forced to disarm Hamas through the reoccupation of Gaza.


Jul 23, 2014

IPF reiterates its strong support for Israel as it defends itself from terror attacks, and hopes that a cease-fire can be reached that stops the violence of the past few weeks and brings long-term quiet to the people of Israel and Gaza.   It is clear that the status quo in Gaza, which has enabled Hamas to invest in innovative ways to threaten and kill Israelis while neglecting the needs of Gaza’s residents, cannot be perpetuated. 

Jul 21, 2014

Israel Policy Forum (IPF) expresses its continued support for the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces in its efforts to destroy Hamas' underground tunnels and stop the firing of rockets toward Israel's population centers.  In recent days, Hamas has continued to fire rockets and used its tunnel network to gain access to Israel with the intent to cause destruction and harm to Israel and its citizens.  IPF continues to support Israel's right to defend its citizens from these attacks.

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