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November 27, 2012 | By Aron Heller, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly quit politics Monday, potentially robbing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a key ally who enabled his hard-line government to present a moderate face to the world. Barring another comeback by the mercurial former general, Barak's departure marked an end to a distinguished and tumultuous career that spanned half a century. It began on a communal farm, led to military greatness and business success and a mixed record in politics that was highlighted by failed peacemaking efforts during a brief term as prime minister.
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November 26, 2012 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Lebanon's Hezbollah would fire thousands of rockets into Israel in any future war and target cities in the country's heartland, the group's leader said Sunday. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's warning came days after an eight-day Israeli offensive against Gaza ended with a truce. Nasrallah said Gaza militants had won "a clear victory" against Israel with their rocket bombardment. Hezbollah, like Hamas and other Gaza militant factions, maintains a rocket arsenal and regularly threatens to use it. It fought an inconclusive 34-day war with Israel in 2006 that left 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis dead.
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November 24, 2012 | By Karin Laub and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press
  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops fired on Gazans surging toward Israel's border fence Friday, killing one person but leaving intact the two-day-old cease-fire between Hamas and the Jewish state. The truce, which calls for an end to Gaza rocket fire on Israel and Israeli air strikes on Gaza, came after eight days of cross-border fighting, the bloodiest between Israel and Hamas in four years. Hundreds of Palestinians approached the border fence Friday in several locations in southern Gaza, testing expectations that Israel would no longer enforce a 300-yard-wide no-go zone on the Palestinian side of the fence that was meant to prevent infiltrations into Israel.
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November 23, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM - Israeli authorities arrested an Arab Israeli on Thursday on accusations that he planted a bomb on a bus in Tel Aviv that wounded 27 people and threatened to sabotage efforts to broker a cease-fire to end the fighting in Gaza, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that the man, from the village of Taybeh, in Israel, was connected to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups. A Palestinian militant cell based in the West Bank village of Beit Lakiya sent the man on Wednesday to place a bomb connected to a mobile phone on the bus, Rosenfeld said.
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November 23, 2012
By Daoud Kuttab For years, Israelis have embraced a theory of "deterrence" with respect to the Gaza Strip. The idea is that if Gazans feel enough pain, they will refrain from attacking Israel. But this kind of strategic deterrence simply doesn't work. Instead, Gazans react to the huge suffering inflicted by Israel with a greater determination to inflict pain on their attackers. Furthermore, deterrence without any possibility of a political settlement ensures that this madness will go on indefinitely.
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November 21, 2012 | By Josef Federman and Ibrahim Barzak, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Israel and the extremist group Hamas edged closer to a cease-fire Tuesday, but after a day of furious diplomatic efforts involving the U.S. secretary of state, U.N. chief, and Egypt's president, a deal remained elusive and fighting raged on both sides of the border. Israeli tanks and gunboats pummeled targets in Gaza in what appeared to be a last-minute burst of fire, while at least 200 rockets were fired into Israel. As talks dragged on near midnight, Israeli and Hamas officials, communicating through Egyptian mediators, expressed hope that a deal would soon be reached, but cautioned that it was far from certain.
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November 21, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM - A diplomatic push to end Israel's nearly weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip gained momentum Tuesday, with Egypt's president predicting that airstrikes would soon end, the U.S. secretary of state racing to the region and Israel's prime minister saying that his country would be a "willing partner" to a cease-fire with the Islamic militant group Hamas. As international diplomats worked to cement a deal, senior Hamas officials said that some sticking points remained even as relentless airstrikes and rocket attacks between the two sides continued.
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November 19, 2012 | By Ibrahim Barzak and Ian Deitch, Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel destroyed the headquarters of Hamas' prime minister and blasted a sprawling network of smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, broadening a four-day-old offensive against the Islamic militant group even as diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire appeared to gain steam. Hamas officials said a building used by Hamas for broadcasts was bombed and three people were injured. The injured were from Al-Quds TV, a Lebanon-based television channel.
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November 19, 2012 | By Ian Deitch, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Israel shelled Syrian fighters after gunfire from their civil war spilled over to the Israel-controlled Golan Heights, the military said Sunday, as the conflict appeared to inch closer to the Jewish state. The civil war in Syria has renewed tensions in the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 war. Despite constant hostility between the two countries, Syria has been careful to keep the border quiet since the 1973 Mideast war. In recent days, Israeli troops have fired into Syria twice before, responding to what appeared to be stray mortar shells exploding in Israel-held territory.
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November 19, 2012 | By Ibrahim Barzak and Josef Federman, Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An Israeli missile ripped through a two-story home in a residential area of Gaza City on Sunday, killing at least 11 civilians, including four young children and an 81-year-old woman, in the single deadliest attack of Israel's offensive against Islamic militants. The bloodshed was likely to raise pressure on Israel to end the fighting, even as it pledged to intensify the offensive by striking the homes of wanted militants. High numbers of civilian casualties in an offensive four years ago led to fierce criticism and condemnation of Israel.
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