Netanyahu and Abbas Meet in Secret

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On August 28, Ynet reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met secretly in Jordan days before Netanyahu accepted the recent ceasefire with Hamas. Netanyahu said, "We would be happy to see him (Abbas) enter Gaza instead of seeing Hamas forces enter Judea and Samaria."

Article Source: Ynet

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Netanyahu Acts Without Knesset Approval or Vote

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On August 26, Megafon published some of the Knesset members' responses to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lack of inclusion in and voting on the decision to accept the ceasefire with Hamas. Additionally, Minister Aharonavich requested that all of Netanyahu's cabinet members take a polygraph test to determine who is leaking information. MK Dany Danon commented that restraint and hesitation harmed Israel's deterrent capabilities.

Article Source: Megafon

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Iran's Claims of Downing an Israeli UAV

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On August 26, NRG reported Iran's claims to have shot down an Israeli UAV over Iranian soil. However, the acting commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami stated that the UAV was not capable of having traveled from Israeli territory and was probably launched from an air force base of a neighboring state. 

Article Source: NRG

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Freed American Journalist Stays in Tel Aviv

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Picture published by Walla

On August 25, Walla reported on Peter Curtis' release from Jabhat al-Nusra, a branch of al-Qaeda in Syria. His 22 month captivity ended with mediation from Qatar and was conducted on a humanitarian basis. The terms of his return have been vague, and while the American government has not paid for his return, it is possible that another intermediary did so instead.

Article Source: Walla

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Northern Israel Under Fire

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Picture published by NRG

On August 24, NRG reported on the sense of insecurity that residents in northern  Israel are feeling after rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel. Although the rockets caused damage to a power cable and an orchard, no one was injured. Additionally, sirens were heard in other northern communities due to a rocket barrage from Syria. 

Article Source: NRG

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Cabinet Meeting Addresses Lack of Support for Netanyahu's Decisions

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On August 21, Israel Hayom reported on the reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon concerning cabinet members comments on the government's decisions. Netanyahu said, "Act like I acted. When I was the head of the opposition I supported the heads of the government... I supported and talked less." He did not reject the possibility that the fall of Hamas' control of Gaza would become an objective of Operation Protective Edge.

Article Source: Israel Hayom

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ISIS Imitators in Sinai

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On August 20, Globes reported on the possibility of an ISIS presence in the Sinai. Four men were kidnapped by a local terrorist group in the Sinai on suspicion that they were passing information to the Egyptian military and police. They were found beheaded, a method used by ISIS, and are thought to be imitating the group. This extremist group is also responsible for different attacks against Israel, specifically an attack on a major road in Israel in August 2011.

Article Source: Globes

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Hamas Breaks Another Ceasefire

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On August 19, NRG reported on Hamas' firing of rockets into Israel, breaching the most recent ceasefire arrangement. As a result, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Security Minister Moshe Ya'alon instructed the IDF to respond forcefully and the prime minister called on the Israeli delegation to return from Cairo.

Article Source: NRG

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Hamas Revolution against the PA thwarted

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On August 18, NRG reported on the foiled Hamas attempt in the West Bank to overthrow the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli Shabak (secret service) arrested 93 individuals involved in planning and committing the coup, who were apparently waiting for the collapse of negotiations or the failure of Fatah and Hamas to reach a reconciliation agreement.

Article Source: NRG

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US stops arming Israel

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On August 14, NRG reported on President Obama's stoppage and delay of arms funding and means to Israel. Recently, President Obama delayed passing special aid to Israel for the Iron Dome defense system. While Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, a couple of Israeli officials said that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu thinks he can wait out the current administration.

Article Source: NRG

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Ceasefire to Continue for 5 More Days

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On August 13, Calcalist reported on the lengthening of the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. While Hamas continues to demand the removal of the blockade as a deal-breaker for a permanent ceasefire, it fired more rockets into Israel, resulting in no harm, injuries, or death. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's cabinet was unable to comment on the Prime Minister's reaction to the extended ceasefire as he was unable to be reached.

Article Source: Calcalist

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What Will Follow Operation Protective Edge?

On August 12, Ynet published an overview of different plans from Israeli ministers and officials on the possibilities following Operation Protective Edge. Among them are ideas concerning the demilitarization of Gaza and creating an artificial island to act as a secure port and energy resource for Gaza. Prime Minister Netanyahu has yet to state any such plans because the operation is not considered finished yet.

Article Source: Ynet

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"Hannibal" Procedure called into Question

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On August 11th, NRG reported on the recently famous Hannibal protocol in which soldiers are taught to fire at the captors of a kidnapping while the kidnapping is underway. The association for civil rights brought in a legal consultant to investigate the protocol's use in Gaza. Professor Asa Kasher noted, however, that the organization should care about the rights of the soldiers no less than the rights of the citizens who are neighbors of terrorists.

Article Source: NRG

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Israel Refuses to Negotiate During Continued Rocket Fire

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On August 10, Walla reported Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision that Israel will not negotiate while Hamas rocket fire continues. Netanyahu clarified that Operation Protective Edge was never officially declared finished and that the operation will continue until its objectives have been accomplished.

Article Source: Walla

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4 Medical Technologies Utilized by the IDF in Operation Protective Edge

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Picture published by The Marker

On August 7th, The Marker reported on different technologies used on the battlefield during Operation Protective Edge. These include a lollipop that stops pain, a new type of arterial tourniquet, a bandage that expedites clotting, and instant powdered blood and plasma.

Article Source: The Marker

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Talks in Cairo May lead to PA Control of Rafah Crossing

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On August 6th, Mako reported on the negotiations in Cairo between Hamas and Israel, although neither America nor Israel will talk directly with Hamas. Arab media sources reported that an initial agreement stipulates that the Palestinian Authority will control the Rafah crossing. Additionally, Frank Lowenstein will replace Martin Indik for the US presence in the negotiations.

Article Source: Mako

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Bulldozer Attack and a Drive by Shooting in Jerusalem

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On August 4th, Israel Hayom reported on the two attacks in Jerusalem. A Palestinian man driving a bulldozer ran over and killed one person in the street and then proceeded to tip over a bus, although there were few passengers on board. The other event occurred on Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus, where an individual wearing black shot a soldier and then drove off on a moped.

Article Source: Israel Hayom

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Prisoners Dig Tunnels In Israeli Prison

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On August 3, NRG reported that security prisoners of Gilboa Prison dug a tunnel underneath their toilets. The tunnel did not lead outside of the prison and remained restricted to that wing of the prison due to concrete pillars and other materials.This is the second incident in which a tunnel has been dug by prisoners inside an Israeli prison.

Article Source: NRG

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