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Hamas cries fowl after Israel responds to provocation

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29 Nov 2012 (All day)
Hamas cries fowl after Israel responds to provocation

A large mob of Palestinians attempted to break through the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel on Wednesday, ignoring warnings to desist from IDF troops who fired shots at the legs of the rioters, leading to seven Palestinians being wounded. A Hamas spokesman accused Israel of violating last week’s cease-fire agreement. Elsewhere, Hamas’s Minister for Prisoners Affairs, Atallah Abu al-Sabah told a local TV station on Thursday that Israelis would soon begin to flee their homes rather than continue to face Hamas’s rockets and that “the era of Israeli victories has gone for good” (because) “the fabric of Israeli society has been torn apart in the face of the resistance’s strength.”

Morsi and Obama push Israel & Palestinians to focus on commonalities
Even as protests against his recent attempts to consolidate power which have provoked charges that he is setting himself up to be a “dictator” in Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi said Wednesday that he is working with US President Barack Obama to strengthen the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas as well as to encourage Israel and the Palestinians to discuss their similarities rather than the differences. "We’ve been talking together about the cease-fire,” Morsi said. “That’s very important. Then we can talk about differences between Palestinians and Israelis. It’s not easy. It’s very difficult. Both sides are talking about differences. We want them to talk about similarities...We are now doing this job as much as we can."

Strong indications that Islamists have gained strength in Syria
The death count in a series of car bombings in predominantly Christian and Druze neighborhoods of a Damascus suburb on Wednesday has risen to 50, an indication of the increasing presence and power of Islamists in the factions battling the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad. In another such indication, rebels shot down a regime loyalist fixed-wing jet on Wednesday, lending credence to reports that the rebels have acquired advanced anti-aircraft weapons.

Groundbreaking anti-viral therapy may eliminate deadly viruses
Erez Livneh, CEO and founder of Israeli’s Vecoy Nanomedicines, and his 5-person team have developed a new approach to viral warfare. “While all the current therapies inhibit the viruses within the infected cell, which is a bit too late, we are targeting viruses outside the human cells,” says Livneh. The company has deactivated 97 percent of the tested viruses both in Petri dishes and in animal models, using cockroaches. Human clinical trials could be four or five years away, Livneh predicts.

IDF recruiting for elite air defense units
The Air Defense Formation of the IDF has begun recruiting increasing numbers of soldiers to train on the Iron Dome system and planning has also begun for the David’s Sling system in anticipation of deployment in early 2014 or perhaps even earlier. The recent clashes with terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip demonstrated the usefulness of air defense, with the Iron Dome system intercepting 421 incoming rockets in 8 days of fighting. "The Iron Dome is becoming our main force with regards to human resources," said Commander of the Air Defense Formation Brig. Gen. Shachar Shochat. "During Operationg Pillar of Defense, we had several important achievements far beyond the system itself, in the context of fighting skills and our soldiers' competence. Our soldiers were nearly error-free."


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