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Israel and Palestinians to resume direct peace talks

In Israel, Obama, Politics, USA on August 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Israel and the Palestinians will resume direct peace talks next month. USA had been exerting pressure on both sides to break years of political stalemate.The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, is expected to announce the first direct negotiations since 2008  today…….

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Ex-Israeli soldier slammed for Facebook photos

In Israel, Military on August 17, 2010 at 6:34 am

An ex-Israeli  soldier was condemned by Israeli as well as  Palestinian authorities  for posting her pictureswith bound and blindfolded Palestinians on Facebook……

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Israeli Drone Video Feeds Hacked by Hezbollah ?

In Army, Defense, Israel, Military, Technology on August 11, 2010 at 5:18 am

Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah has claimed yesterday that Israel was behind the 2005 bombing that killed Lebanese prime minister, Rafiq Al Hariri. Nasrallah produced some  still photos and video feed taken in 1997 from Israeli aerial drones hovering above Hariri’s home.These evidences might not be sufficient to implicate Israel, but it does show that Hezbollah was able to intercept Israeli drone feeds way back in 1996…..

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All Women Crew Gaza Aid Flotilla

In Israel, Military on August 7, 2010 at 7:52 am

Another Gaza aid flotilla is preparing to leave Tripoli, Lebanon during this weekend in the latest attempt to defy the Israeli blockade.The main ship of this aid flotilla will have only women on board….

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Israel-Lebanon Border Clash

In 2010, Army, Israel, Military, NATO, Politics, World on August 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Rising tension along the Israeli-Lebanese border erupted into a military confrontation on Tuesday. An Israeli colonel, three Lebanese soldiers and a Lebanese journalist were killed in this clash.

The Israeli military said its forces came under fire from Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) while carrying out routine maintenance in Israeli territory. As per them the work was co-ordinated with Unifil.

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Israel relents and eases Gaza Blockade

In Defense, Israel on July 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm

World wide uproar and criticism  in the aftermath of Israeli raid on the international humanitarian aid flotilla in May 2010 has forced Israel to relent and ease the Gaza blockade.

The loosening of Gaza noose was evident and expected after the statement of US President. Obama had stated that the blockade is unsustainable and demanded that it must be eased significantly.

Import of household goods will now be permitted but restrictions on travel, exports and construction material will continue. However import of construction material like cement, concrete blocks and steel will be permitted for the projects funded and being constructed under supervision of international agencies.

Most countries, including USA , have welcomed the Israeli Prime Minister’s announcement regarding easing of blockade and they hope that it will bring the much needed relief for the inhabitants of Gaza.

No doubt loosening of the tight noose will bring in badly needed gasp of fresh air for the Gaza inhabitants, but lot more restrictions will have to go for sustainable relief.

Olive Twig by USA to loosen Gaza embargo

In Defense, Israel on June 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Amidst the worldwide condemnation of Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla, USA has now announced $400 million assistance to loosen the Gaza blockade and assuage humanitarian feelings of Gaza supporters. This aid will be used to build housing, schools, water and health care systems in both the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank and Gaza, which is ruled by the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas.

Not withstanding the Olive twig USA has once again openly supported Israeli embargo on Gaza and termed it essential for security of Israel.

It is evident that USA will continue to support Israel in all its endeavors in Middle East with minor concern for the Palestinian cause. Israel will therefore continue  to pursue own interests in this region without bothering for world opinion.

Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla

In Defense, Israel on June 1, 2010 at 11:48 am

Gaza blockade was started by Israel in January2006 when Hamas won elections in Palestine. The blockade has continued since then and in fact has been made more strict after Hamas took over Gaza in June 2007. Israel permits entry of 15000 tons of humanitarian aid every week for the blockaded territories.

Israeli commando raid of Monday on a high profile humanitarian aid flotilla of six ships, in which 19 people have died, has invited wrath of international community.Turkey called for an emergency meeting of UN Security council on Monday where Israel faced condemnation for subject military raid.

The 15 member UN Security council has  condemned the Israeli military raid on humanitarian aid flotilla and deeply regretted the loss of lives. They have also called for immediate release of seized ships, aid stores and passengers.

As usual USA supported Israel  by stating that aid flotilla should not have tried to defy the blockade because specified route and methods are in vogue for sending humanitarian aid to Gaza.

All said and done Israel, with the tacit US support,has never bothered for the adverse world opinion and has done whatever is deemed or perceived to be in their national interest.