Mar 3 '16 / EIPA Updates

Israel has decided to take a series of steps meant to help improve the economic situation of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in an effort to create hope on the Palestinian street that would mitigate the current wave of violence. The measures include the transfer of NIS 500 million in withheld tax money to the PA. Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, after consulting with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, …

Feb 23 '16 / EIPA Updates

Israeli authorities recently foiled an attempt to smuggle commercial multicopter drones into the Gaza Strip. The drones were earmarked for use by “terrorist elements in Gaza” to gather intelligence on IDF movements, the Authority said. Crossings Authority inspectors, working together with the Shin Bet intelligence agency, stopped an Israeli truck carrying toys at the Kerem Shalom Crossing, where drones of various types and sizes carrying high quality …

Feb 2 '16 / EIPA Updates

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “alarm” at Hamas’s pledge to keep building terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel and to advance the development of rockets to fire at the Jewish state. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the UN chief said remarks and actions like those undertaken by Hamas do “serious disservice” to Gaza’s population, and endanger efforts to rebuild the coastal …

Sep 30 '15 / EIPA Updates

For just the second time since last summer’s conflict, a rocket was fired Tuesday  from the Gaza Strip at the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. Israel responded by launching air strikes against four terror targets in Gaza. Rocket warning sirens were sounded in Ashdod and the surrounding area, a rarity since Operation Protective Edge as a single rocket headed for the city. However, it was intercepted by the …

Sep 25 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israel’s Shin Bet security agency and customs officers  have intercepted 15 tons of sulphuric acid, a key component for explosives such as nitroglycerin and TNT,  which were heading for the Gaza Strip. The discovery was made last week at Israel’s Nitzana border crossing, when a 30 ton shipment of paint thinner aroused suspicion as it was “bubbling and with a strong smell” according to the Customs …

Sep 21 '15 / EIPA Updates

Overnight Gaza rocket attack on southern Israel follows weekend hit on Sderot New website reports  23 rock-throwing attacks in one day A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed overnight in an open field in southern Israel. It follows a weekend attack in which a rocket from Gaza landed in Sderot and another was aimed at Ashkelon. The IDF said that the rocket fired last night landed in …

Sep 3 '15 / EIPA Updates

Gunfire from Gaza hit two Israeli homes in Moshav Netiv HaAsara, located on the edge of the Hamas ruled territory, Wednesday evening. According to Israel Radio, none were injured in the incident. Initial reports indicated the two bullets were stray sniper bullets that originated from a Hamas training camp on the other side of the border, the Israeli army said. One of the bullets shattered the window …

Jul 16 '15 / EIPA Updates

The Israeli Air Force attacked an infrastructure target in Gaza early Thursday morning in response to a rocket that was fired from the Gaza Strip just after 2am local time. None of the organizations in Gaza initially claimed responsibility for the early morning rocket attack on Israel. The rocket set off code red sirens in Zikim, parts of Ashkelon city and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, earning …

Jul 10 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on the international community to demand the return of two missing Israelis in the Gaza Strip, after a gag order was lifted which allowed the story to be made public. Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said the two were “held by Hamas.” The two Israeli men had entered Gaza of their own volition. One was named as 28-year-old Avera Mengistu, …

Jul 8 '15 / EIPA Updates

One year after Israel’s Operation  Protective Edge against the launch of rockets by Hamas from Gaza into Israel,  it was reported that the Hamas authorities are openly reconstructing their military capabilities in the Gaza Strip, including attack tunnels, diverting cement needed for civilian reconstruction. Despite the Palestinian Authority (PA) failing to establish its rule in the Gaza Strip as demanded by international donors, Israel agreed to …

Jul 2 '15 / EIPA Updates

As the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva published last week its controversial report on the 2014 conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, which concludes that both Israel and Palestinian terror groups may have committed war crimes, a group of former US senior military commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan have criticized the report for the weakness of its military expertise. “I am very …

Jun 28 '15 / Geen categorie

52% of Germans would support their country imposing a sea blockade on a threatening neighbouring country, but only 30% support Israel’s right to do so. These findings, in a YouGov poll commissioned by Brussels leading pro-Israel advocacy group Europe Israel Public Affairs/Press association (EIPA) reveal an apparent double standard when it comes to national security concerns. The poll comes as another flotilla of European ships is seeking …

Jun 24 '15 / EIPA Updates

Only one day after the release of a UN report on the Gaza war of last summer, a rocket fired last night from the Gaza Strip landed near the Israeli community of Yad Mordechai. It was the latest of several rockets which have been aimed at Israel from Gaza during the past month. The attack took place at around 10pm. Rocket warning sirens were sounded in …

Jun 4 '15 / EIPA Updates

Three rockets aimed at the Israeli city of Ashkelon and the town of Netivot were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel late Wednesday evening, prompting Israel’s Air Force to respond by striking three Gaza terror sites. Rocket warning sirens sent residents hurrying for cover in Israeli towns and communities near the Gaza border. The rockets landed in open areas of the Sdot Negev region and did …

Jun 2 '15 / EIPA Updates

On a Midde East tour, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Monday a school on Israel’s border with Gaza which has been repeatedly targeted by rocket fire from Gaza. The minister came to the Shaar HaNegev regional council after returning from a visit to the Gaza Strip where he said that more efforts are needed to rebuild and to improve Gaza’s economy. This, he said, “requires the …

May 27 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israeli Air Force jets striked four terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip Thursday in response to a Grad rocket fire into Israel, near the town of Gan Yavne, outside Ashdod. The attack marked the first time a Grad rocket, which can go farther than the smaller Kassams more commonly shot out of Gaza, had been fired at Israel since the summer conflict between Israel and Hamas. Israeli …

May 27 '15 / EIPA Updates

In a report on the Gaza conflict last summer, human rights group Amnesty International has accused Hamas of abducting, torturing, and carrying out summary executions of Palestinians. The report, the last of four released by the group detailing events during the fighting, said that at least 23 Palestinians were shot and killed by Hamas, which rules Gaza, while dozens more were arrested and tortured. Amnesty said those …

May 15 '15 / EIPA Updates

At least 50 Palestinians, including several children, were wounded in a blast that occurred inside a training camp in Gaza for terrorists of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s so-called “military wing”. The health ministry spokesman in Gaza said five wounded are in a serious condition.. Witnesses said the blast took place in northern Gaza. A doctor in the enclave, Baker Abu Safia of Al-Awda Hospital, said 30 …

May 6 '15 / EIPA Updates

The report by political advocacy organization “Breaking the Silence” (BtS) on last summer conflict in Gaza, including anonymous “testimonies” of soldiers who fought in Israel’s Operation “Protective Edge” against Hamas rocket fire, ‘’lacks all credibility and objectivity,” says NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based watchdog group which provides information and analysis on the activities of NGOs. In a reaction to the report, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said …

Apr 24 '15 / EIPA Updates

As Israel was celebrating its 67th Independence Day, terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at the Sderot area on Thursday evening, ending four months of quiet and triggering air raid sirens in the area. The projectile exploded harmlessly in an open, uninhabited area, the Israeli army said, adding that security forces were searching for its remnants. A resident of the western Negev told Ynet news, …