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What’s Really Going on in Israel?

A conversation with Telos Group founder Todd Deatherage about the current conflict, why it matters and what we can do about it. Read More
 
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This week we talk to rock band Cage the Elephant as well as Todd Deatherage, Executive Director of the Telos Group, about the current situation in Gaza. Plus, we get to know Joy Eggerichs as she joins the full show this week, we recap the week's news and entertainment, read your feedback and much more ... Read More

 

Last night, nearly 10,000 Palestinian protestors demonstrated near an Israeli checkpoint in a rally that led to a violent confrontation with Israeli security forces. According to the Jerusalem Post, at least 200 of the protestors and 27 Israeli police officers were injured when some of the demonstrators began throwing rocks and firebombs. At least two Palestinians were killed. Israeli forces arrested 39 individuals involved in the riots.

The Palestinians had gathered to protest an Israeli offensive in Gaza against Hamas militants in a campaign that has stretched out for more than two weeks. According to the BBC, Since the latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas began on July 8, at least 800 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed ... Discuss

 

Officials in Gaza say that 512 Palestinians have died in the two-week Israeli offensive in the region. Twenty Israelis—including 13 soldiers that were killed on Sunday—are also dead in the latest surge of violence. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are both headed to Cairo as diplomats and leaders around the world continue to push for a cease-fire agreement. In a statement, a state department spokeswoman said Sunday night that the U.S. is "deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life.”

Earlier on Sunday, Kerry was caught in a “hot-mic” incident as he was recorded commenting on civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip, saying, "It's a hell of a pinpoint operation.” He later clarified on the record in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, adding, “It's tough to have this kind of operation. I reacted obviously in a way that, you know, anybody does with respect to young children and civilians. But, war is tough, and I said that publicly and I'll say it again. We defend Israel's right to do what it is doing in order to get at those tunnels. Israel has accepted a unilateral cease-fire. It's accepted the Egyptian plan which we also support" ... Discuss

 

An Egyptian-proposed ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas appears to have fallen apart. Though Israeli officials agreed to its terms—which would end airstrikes into Gaza starting earlier this morning—the military arm of Hamas rejected it. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement after agreeing to the terms, “If Hamas rejects the Egyptian proposal and the rocket fire from Gaza does not cease—and that appears to be the case—we are prepared to continue and intensify our operation and protect our people." Since then, the airstrikes have restarted as Hamas continues their campaign of launching rockets into Israel. According to CNN, at least 190 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since the recent surge in violence.

There seemed to be some conflicted messages coming from Hamas about the agreement. The military wing of Hamas issued a statement indicating they had no intention of observing the ceasefire, saying they “reject altogether the proposal, which for us is not worth the ink that it was written with." However, a senior member of Hamas’ political party, Mousa Abumarzook, initially said on his Facebook page that “We are still discussing and there is no official position yet from the movement on the Egyptian initiative." According to a Reuters report, Hamas has made a number of demands for the ceasefire including an end to the blockade of Gaze, the lifting of restrictions at the Egyptian border crossing and “the release of hundreds of its activists arrested in the West Bank while Israel searched for the three missing teens” ... Discuss

 

What You Need to Know About What’s Happening in Israel

A brief primer on what events led to recent spikes in violence. Read More