Jan 22 '15 / EIPA Updates

Buoyed by the recent decision of the EU’s top court to remove Hamas from the EU’s list of terror groups, the Islamist movement is currently recruiting young Palestinians nians aged 15 to 21 into its new “Liberation Army” in Gaza, writes Arb Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh. “Hamas has obviously interpreted the decision of the EU court to remove the group from the …

Jan 19 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israel welcomed Monday the EU decision to appeal the December 17 Judgment of the EU General Court to remove Hamas from the EU list of terror groups and to keep the “The EU decision reflects well the position that Hamas was and remains a terror organization,” the Israeli foreign ministry said.. The December Court controversial judgment annulled measures taken by the Council of the European Union …

Dec 28 '14 / EIPA Updates

Hamas prevented on Sunday a group of Palestinian children who lost parents in the summer conflict from making a rare goodwill visit to Israel, organizers of the trip said. Gaza’s Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry, citing the children’s “suspicious” itinerary, confirmed they were barred from crossing the border. Israeli peace activists said they had secured permission from the military to admit the 37 children and five accompanying adults for …

Dec 20 '14 / EIPA Updates

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck a site belonging to Hamas in southern Gaza near Khan Yunis early Saturday morning, following an earlier rocket attack from Gaza into Israel one day before. The reports are of at least two strikes by the Israel Air Force, which was reportedly assisted by the Israel Navy. The IDF spokesperson’s unit said in a statement, “The IDF struck terror infrastructure …

Dec 19 '14 / EIPA Updates

Palestinians in Gaza fired a Kassam rocket at an Israeli community in the Eshkol area near the Gaza Strip on Friday morning. The rocket fell in an open area, causing neither casualties nor damage. It was the third time that Gaza terrorists have fired rockets at Israel since the conclusion of Operation Protective Edge, last summer’s war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. IDF …

Dec 17 '14 / EIPA Updates

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Wednesday on the EU to return Hamas to the EU list of terror organizations, saying Israel was “not satisfied with EU’s explanations that taking Hamas off the terror list is a ‘technical matter.” “The burden of proof falls on the EU, and we expect it to permanently return Hamas to the list, so everyone will understand that it is …

Dec 17 '14 / EIPA Updates

Court leaves blacklist measures in place for three months, giving EU states time to provide more evidence for Hamas’s inclusion on list. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has removed Hamas from the EU list of terror organizations but temporarily maintained the blacklist measures for a period of three months or until an appeal was closed, giving EU member states time to provide more …

Dec 14 '14 / EIPA Updates

Vowing the destruction of Israel, Hamas, the Islamist movement which governs the Gaza Strip, paraded Sunday some 2,000 of its armed Kassam Brigade fighters, long-range missiles mounted on trucks and naval commandos brandishing weapons through the streets of the coastal territory. At the parade, a senior Hamas leader reaffirmed the Islamist movement’s founding charter’s pledge to destroy Israel. “This illusion called Israel will be removed. It …

Nov 28 '14 / EIPA Updates

Israel’s Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency has announced that it had thwarted a Hamas cell from carrying out large scale terror attacks in Jerusalem and from kidnapping Israelis. Around 30 people were arrested after the cell apparently attempted to carry out a double bombing near a West Bank settlement. The explosives failed to detonate but the incident alerted the Shin Bet which then uncovered bomb-making equipment …

Nov 21 '14 / EIPA Updates

For the first time in more than five years, Israel’s economy contracted during the third quarter as growth was hit by the effects of last summer conflict with the Gazan terror group Hamas. Gross domestic product fell 0.4 percent in the July-September period, the Central Bureau of Statistics said. The 50-day Operation Protective Edge against the Islamist group, which saw a steady stream of Hamas rockets fired …

Nov 14 '14 / EIPA Updates

Hamas, the Islamist movement which rules the Gaza Strip, is the second richest terror group in the world, with finances of around $1 billion (804 million €), according to a report published by Forbes Israel listing the top 10 wealthiest terror groups. The organization, which collects taxes and aid money, is second only to the Islamic State (IS), which has some $2 billion dollars at …

Oct 27 '14 / EIPA Updates

Following a terror attack on Friday that killed at least 30 Egyptian soldiers in the northern Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian authorities declared a state of emergency in the area, closed down the Rafah crossing from Gaza and cancelled scheduled indirect cease-fire talks between Israel and Hamas. Egypt closed its borders to a high-ranking Hamas delegation on Sunday, accusing Palestinians of involvement in the deadly suicide car …

Oct 2 '14 / EIPA Updates

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said that Hamas has retained just 20 per cent of its estimated rocket and mortar stockpiles following Operation Protective Edge. Speaking at the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University, the minister said that 80 per cent of Hamas’s estimated 10,000 rockets and mortars had either been fired or destroyed by Israeli forces during the 50-day conflict. As a …

Sep 22 '14 / EIPA Updates

Israel and Hamas will reportedly start indirect talks hosted by Egypt in Cairo on Tuesday over a long-term Gaza ceasefire. However, Hamas and Fatah representatives will meet today in an attempt to present a unified Palestinian position. The Egyptian-brokered open-ended truce on 26 August, which put an end to the 50-day Operation Protective Edge, has held firm. However, the terms stipulated that Israel and Hamas would …

Sep 15 '14 / EIPA Updates

By Amos Yadlin, Director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) While Hamas accepted the ceasefire with virtually none of its many demands met, Israel, for its part, did not succeed in imposing on the terrorist organization one of the central demands presented by Prime Minister Netanyahu as an objective of the operation: the demilitarization of Gaza and the establishment of mechanisms that …

Aug 27 '14 / EIPA Updates

This analysis by journalist Yossi Melman was published in The Jerusalem Post If the cease-fire holds, and it is a big if, the results of the 50-day war in Gaza will mark an important and impressive achievement for Israel. Hamas was forced to accept Egyptian and Israeli dictates. Hamas crawled to the cease-fire. One should not be impressed by the well-organized victory festivities in Gaza. Most of Hamas’s …

Aug 21 '14 / EIPA Updates

“I hope President Abbas plays a constructive role. He has an opportunity to do so. I think he has to understand obviously that no one, and least of all Israel can accept the kind of terror attacks that are coming from Hamas,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday evening during a press conference at the Defence ministry in Tel Aviv. “No other country …