Israeli strikes hit a Gaza that grows darker by the day
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Rania Elhilou - (Opinion) November 16, 2012 - 12:00am


Two-year-old Ashraf Shadi Kali died early this week, and his parents and one-year-old brother were injured, in a fire sparked by candles the family was forced to use because of Gaza's continuing electricity shortages. Their home was destroyed. The family is just one of many forced to rely on kerosene, candles or, if they can afford it, a generator to provide a bit of light and warmth as the dark, cold days of winter approach.


Qassam members killed in Israeli airstrike east of Jabaliya
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 15, 2012 - 12:00am


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes on Thursday killed two Hamas militants in the northern Gaza Strip, bringing the Palestinian death toll to 13 in less than 24 hours. Al-Qassam Brigades members Rami Hamad and Khaled Abu Nasr were killed in an airstrike east of Jabaliya refugee camp. Their bodies were taken to the Kamal Adwan hospital, medics told Ma'an.


Gaza rockets kill 3 Israelis, hit near Tel Aviv
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Ibrahim Barzak - November 15, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM —Palestinian militants barraged Israel with nearly 150 rockets on Thursday, killing three people and striking the southern outskirts of Tel Aviv as Israel pressed a punishing campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip. As nightfall approached, the fighting showed no signs of slowing, and the rocket attack on the city of Rishon Lezion, by far the deepest target reached by Gaza militants so far, raised the likelihood of an even tougher Israeli response.


Bolder Hamas Tests Alliances in a Shifting Arab World
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - November 15, 2012 - 12:00am


GAZA CITY — Instead of the wedding drums that typically provide the evening soundtrack in this forlorn coastal strip, the black, still air was pierced by gunshots on Thursday, as citizens fired celebratory rounds after the ruling Hamas faction announced that one of its rockets had hit an Israeli aircraft.


Signs mount of possible Israeli invasion of Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Amy Teibel - November 15, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM —Israeli aircraft pummeled rocket launching operations of Gaza militants on Friday, and as troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers massed near the Palestinian territory, signaling a ground invasion might be growing near. Fighting between the two sides escalated sharply Thursday with a first-ever militant attack on the Tel Aviv area, menacing Israel's heartland. No casualties were reported, but three people died in the country's rocket-scarred south when a projectile slammed into an apartment building.


Deterrence is the idea behind Israel’s strikes in Gaza, but how far will conflict with Hamas go?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ben Sales - November 15, 2012 - 12:00am


SDEROT, Israel (JTA) -- Wage war to get peace. That’s the idea behind Israel’s strikes this week against Hamas targets in Gaza, including Wednesday’s attack that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. What’s not clear is how far Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense will go, what price Israeli civilians will pay in the conflict, whether it will succeed in its goal of deterring Hamas from future attacks on Israel and what consequences there might be for Jerusalem’s fragile relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood-led government in Egypt.


Israel not rushing to invade Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Dan Williams - (Analysis) November 15, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Israel's threat to reprise its Gaza invasion of four years ago if its air strikes against Hamas do not end rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave masks important differences between then and now. Two days into the assault, the absence of the saturated aerial bombing seen at the start of the last Gaza war in 2008 suggested the Israelis were not yet carving safer access points for ground troops.


Israeli Gaza offensive similar to 2008-2009 campaign, but aims to be more focused
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
(Analysis) November 15, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM — The major operation Israel launched to stop Gaza rocket fire bears some striking similarities to a punishing three-week campaign it unleashed against Hamas militants four years ago. Both began with a sudden series of airstrikes that caught Hamas off guard, included a threat to invade the coastal strip and came shortly after an American election and before an Israeli one. But the rules of the game have changed. That means Israel is now likely to carry out a briefer, more focused operation.


Israel: Stray Syria shot sparks Golan Heights fire
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
November 6, 2012 - 12:00am


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Lull in fighting between Israel, Gaza militants
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Amy Teibel - October 24, 2012 - 11:00pm


JERUSALEM —A deadly flare-up in fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas group subsided on Thursday after Egypt helped to restore calm ahead of a major Muslim holiday.



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