Israel Says it Has Completed Gaza Strikes After Rocket Fire

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel said early Friday it has completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after overnight rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce. The Palestinian territory’s Hamas rulers, who ke...
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Israel’s Gaza Blockade Under Scrutiny After Latest Violence

JERUSALEM — For 12 years, Israel has maintained a blockade over the Gaza Strip, seeking to weaken the territory's militant Hamas rulers. And for 12 years, Hamas has remained firmly in power, developing a thriving homegrown weapons industry along the way. "I...
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Calm Appears to Hold in Gaza Despite Exchange of Fire

JERUSALEM — An unofficial cease-fire appeared to be holding Wednesday between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers despite limited exchanges of fire. Violence could erupt again this weekend, when large-scale protests are expected along the Israel-Gaza frontier ma...
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Defense Chief’s Resignation Pushes Israel Toward Election

JERUSALEM — Israel's defense minister on Wednesday abruptly resigned to protest a new cease-fire with Hamas militants in Gaza, throwing the government into turmoil and pushing the country toward an early election. Avigdor Lieberman's decision was ostensibly...