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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 18, 2014

Operation Protective edge entered its second week. On Wednesday, the Egyptian government attempted to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but only Israel accepted the terms. On Thursday night, after Hamas violated a five hour humanitarian ceasefire and failed in an attempt to infiltrate Israel, the Israeli military began a land incursion into the north of Gaza. IPF hopes for an end to hostilities which provides both Israeli and Palestinian civilians the long-term calm and security they both deserve.


Jul 15, 2014

Israel Policy Forum commends the Government of Egypt in its efforts to facilitate a ceasefire to the hostilities between Israel and Hamas.  We further praise the Government of Israel for its preparedness to agree to a ceasefire, and condemn Hamas’ refusal to do so. 

 

Jul 11, 2014

The conflict between Israel and Hamas reached a critical level Monday, as Israel officially initiated Operation Protective Edge.  Since the start of the operation, over 350 rockets have been launched at Israel, and 100 Palestinians have been killed as a result of Israeli airstrikes.  IPF expressed support for Israel as it remains vigilant in protecting its citizens and in taking appropriately measured actions to stop these rocket attacks.  It is our hope that calm will soon be restored.

Jul 08, 2014

Israel Policy Forum is deeply concerned regarding the intensification of rocket attacks by Hamas and other terror organizations from the Gaza Strip.  

Jul 07, 2014

"Israel Policy Forum (IPF) commends the Israeli police for the arrest of six suspected Jewish terrorists responsible for the murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir.  It is appalling that the suspects of this horrific act are believed to have been acting out of revenge for the slayings of the three Israeli teenagers, Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Shaar. We reiterate our hope that Israelis and Palestinians will embrace the words of Fraenkel family that, “There is no difference between blood and blood. Murder is murder. There is no forgiveness or justification for any murder…”

Jul 03, 2014

Outrage, despair, and violence engulfed Israel and the Palestinian Territories this week, as it was publicly announced that the three kidnapped teens, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar, had been found murdered by their captors.  This great tragedy was exacerbated, with the kidnap and murder of innocent Palestinian teenager Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, suspected as an act of revenge.  The events have been met with Palestinian and Israeli protesters in Jerusalem and the West Bank, as well as by Israeli activists speaking out against "revenge" attacks.  Militarily, rockets and mortar fire being exchanged by Israeli and Hamas forces in Gaza and southern Israel, and the threat of further escalation looms.

Jul 02, 2014

Israel Policy Forum strongly condemns the murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, 16, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.

Jun 30, 2014

Israel Policy Forum shares the grief and outrage of every Israeli, and of Jews across the world, over the devastating news that three kidnapped yeshiva students – 19-year old Eyal Yifrach, and 16-year-old Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar – have now been confirmed dead.

Jun 27, 2014

This week Israel announced it was scaling back its major military campaign in the West Bank and with it many questions remain.  IPF commends Israel's President Shimon Peres upon receiving the Congressional Gold Medal and supports his call that “Peace between Israel and Palestine can forge a broader regional peace.”   The week ended with the resignation of U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli–Palestinian Negotiations Martin Indyk.  

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