Hamas' Planned Paraglider Attack

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Picture published by AP

On July 31, Mako reported that information from a captured senior Hamas member revealed plans for Hamas fighters to para-glide into Israel. Training for this operation took place in Malaysia, and every individual involved was told not discuss the plan under any circumstances. Additionally, Israeli forces acquired an aerial photograph from an Hamas notebook noting placements of some tunnel shafts.

Article Source: Mako

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert Appeals Holy Land Case

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On July 30th, NRG reported that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is appealing his case in the Holy Land affair. So far the state has not proven that money was transferred to Olmert's brother. The lead testimony from Shmuel Duchner was deemed problematic and the bank documentation after the money transfer wasn't collected and therefore relies on circumstantial evidence.

Article Source: NRG

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Part II : Tunnel Identification Research

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Picture published by Calcalist

On July 28th, Calcalist described cutting edge methods for identifying subterranean tunnels similar to the ones that Hamas has built in and around Gaza. The different types of systems include ground penetrating radar, hyper sensitive microphones, infra-red sensors, and micro-gravity sensors. Israel is not the first to research such systems, which has been researched since World War II. 

Article Source: Calcalist

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Part I: Tunnel Identification Research

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Picture published by Calcalist

Picture published by Calcalist

On July 28th, Calcalist described cutting edge methods for identifying subterranean tunnels similar to the ones that Hamas has built in and around Gaza. The different types of systems include ground penetrating radar, hyper sensitive microphones, infra-red sensors, and micro-gravity sensors. Israel is not the first to research such systems, which has been researched since World War II. 

Article Source: Calcalist

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Kerry's Cease Fire Draft Revealed

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On July 27, Ha'aretz reported on an outlined draft of US Secretary of State John Kerry concerning a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. Media sources reported that the document ignores Israel's security concerns and even fails to mention the Palestinian Authority. Israeli officials were shocked at such a document and have removed it from serious consideration.

Article Source: Haaretz

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150 Hamas Militants Surrender to the IDF in Gaza

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Picture published by Mako

On July 24th, Mako reported that 150 Hamas militants within Gaza were arrested after surrendering to the Israel Defense Forces. They will be transferred to Israel's security investigation service and are expected to pass on crucial information on Hamas' activities. So far 31 tunnels have been discovered, and the IDF has attacked upwards of 3,330 terror targets.

Article Source: Mako

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American Airlines Cancel Flights to Israel

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On July 22nd, Calcalist reported that a missile threat at Ben Gurion airport forced Delta Airlines to cancel its destination to Tel Aviv mid-flight and land plane to land in Paris. Additionally, U.S. Airways canceled a flight to Israel, as the threat of rockets hitting Ben Gurion Airport grew. Although the Israeli Ministry of Transportation has determined that Ben Gurion airport is safe and secure, the FAA  ordered all U.S. carriers to cease flights to Israel .

Article Source: Calcalist

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IDF Forces Foil Large Infiltration

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On July 21, Mako reported on the most recent failed infiltration of Hamas militants into Israeli territory. The Israel Defense Forces killed at least 10 of the infiltrators and sustained some injuries of their own. The Israeli military allowed residents in the area to return to their daily routines, albeit still paying attention to rocket sirens. Describing the tunnels, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, "These tunnels could open into kindergartens and cafeterias, and that's Hamas' plan against which we are operating."

Article Source: Mako

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Hamas' Tunnel Economics and Functions

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On July 20th, Calcalist reported on the economics and variety of Hamas' tunnels. Hamas' little known tunnel digging unit dug two types of tunnels to bypass the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza. One for human trafficking and one for smuggling goods. Made up of a couple of hundred people from Hamas' military arm, in past years the unit has lost tens of lives where some of those lost were attempting to retrieve bodies of participants in failed tunnels. Recently, on the border of Syria-Lebanon, Syrian rebels adopted the knowledge and tunnel system from Hamas members, although the leading authority on the tunnel localization is Hezbollah, the inspiration for Hamas' tunnels.

Article Source: Calcalist

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Israel Launches Ground Operation into Gaza

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On July 17, NRG reported Israel's decision to start the ground operation into Gaza, expanding Operation Protective Edge. Hamas tunnels running from Egypt to Israel are a major target of the ground operation, with the recent foiled infiltration of 13 terrorists as a prime example for the possible harm such tunnels can cause. Residents of the towns near Gaza were told to remain in secure areas until further notice. As Israel entered Gaza, residents from Gaza have reported that all of eastern Gaza is totally dark.

Article Source: NRG

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Lapid and Bennet Propose Angel Investor Law to Help Israeli Start Ups Raise Capital

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On July 16th, TheMarker reported that Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Economy Minister Naftali Bennet would propose a new law to help raise capital for Israeli start up companies. According to the proposal known as the "Angel Investor Law," start ups would receive tax and other benefits after gaining approval by the chief scientist of the Economy Ministry.  

Article Source: TheMarker

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Hamas' True UAV Capabilites in Doubt

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On July 15th, Mako reported on Hamas' UAV usage over southern Israel. Tal Inbar, the head of the Fisher Research Center on Missiles and Space, voiced her doubt concerning Hamas' capabilities to send an viable intelligence gathering drone. The UAV's were intended to be flying targets for anti-aircraft practice in Iran.

Article Source: Mako

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Israel Ready to Respond to Attacks from the North

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On July 14, Israel Hayom presented Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's statements regarding Operation Protective Edge. He listed different types of targets Israel has attacked in Gaza and commented that Israel will continue to defend its citizens during rumors of a ceasefire. On Monday morning, the Israeli Air Force shot down an UAV from Gaza and Israeli ground forces were still on alert for a ground invasion into Northern Gaza. North Gazan residents were warned to leave their homes so as not to be hurt by the possible oncoming ground operation and 4,000 residents evacuated to UN facilities.

Article Source: Israel Hayom

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Hamas' Resistance Business

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On July 13, Calcalist reported on senior Hamas members enriching themselves from smuggling goods and acquiring large real estate assets, listing them under the names of relatives and associates. Egyptian sentiment towards Hamas over the past three years has become worse because some of the Hamas profit came from Egyptian investment. Hamas' largest smuggling profit from oil was reported many times by the Egyptians.

Article Source: Calcalist

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IDF Kills Head of Hamas Rocket Division

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On July 10, NRG relayed Palestinian reports that the IDF killed the head of Hamas' rocket division, with Hamas quickly denying the claim . Several  Hamas facilities and commanders' homes have been struck, including that of the commander of Islamic Jihad bases in central Gaza. Meanwhile, Hamas has continued launching rockets into Israel, with many of them being intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome system. As the escalation continues, many of southern Israel's residents have expressed the negative effects of the conflict on south's economy.

Article Source: NRG

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IDF Kills 5 Hamas Operatives on Israeli Beach

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On July 8, NRG reported that 5 terrorist commandos were killed attempting to enter Israel just north of Gaza. Israeli forces searched the area for more possible infiltration and the area's residents were ordered to stay in their homes. This happened as Israel goes into it's first day of operation "Protective Edge" which went into action in response to the escalation of rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel.

Article Source: NRG

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Resurgence of Rocket Fire into Southern Israel

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On July 7th, Ynet reported on the escalation of rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel. Israel responded with Operation "Protective Edge" in which Israel's Air Force struck terror targets and launching sites within the Gaza strip. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded by calling on Israel to stop the escalation.  

Article Source: Ynet

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Egypt Cuts Subsidies and Gas Prices Jump

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Picture published by API & Calcalist

On July 5, Calcalist reported that newly elected Egyptian President Al Sisi has cancelled subsidies for the Egyptian people and that gas prices have jumped. The subsidies cut comes weeks after the increase of electricity prices in the country. The article noted that previous Egyptian presidents avoided subsidies cuts out of fear of protests and civil unrest.

Article Source: Calcalist

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