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Trump aide and Israeli army warn of war as Gaza missiles fly

A car in Sderot damaged by a rocket fired from Gaza on Aug. 9, 2018. (Courtesy/The Israel Project)

A car in Sderot damaged by a rocket fired from Gaza on Aug. 9, 2018. (Courtesy/The Israel Project)

(JTA) – After firing more than 180 rockets into civilian areas, armed terror groups in Gaza said Thursday afternoon that they would refrain from firing on southern Israel if Israel also maintains the calm.

Shortly after the announcement, however, more rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel. Code Red rocket alert sirens were sounded as far away from the Gaza border as Beersheba, the first time that sirens have gone off in the city since the 2014 Gaza War. At least two rockets exploded in open areas near Beersheba. [Read more…]

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Israel given three extra months for new bill on drafting more haredi Orthodox students. It could trigger new elections.

Israeli police scuffle in Jerusalem with haredi Orthodox men protesting the arrests of two yeshiva students charged with draft evasion, Oct. 19, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli police scuffle in Jerusalem with haredi Orthodox men protesting the arrests of two yeshiva students charged with draft evasion, Oct. 19, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Supreme Court has given the government three months to implement legislation that would have more haredi Orthodox yeshiva students drafted into the military.

The implementation of a new draft law likely will trigger the fall of the current government and new elections sometime in the first three months of 2019. [Read more…]

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Israel and Hamas to unveil long-term truce, Turkish news service reports

(JTA) – Israel and Hamas will unveil a long-term truce deal at the end of the month, according to a report by the Turkish Anadolu agency, which cited an unnamed Hamas source. The report said the agreement will be heralded by a two-week trial cease-fire.

The report said that under the agreement, which was brokered by Egypt and the United Nations with input from Turkey and Qatar, Israeli restrictions on the main crossing between Israel and Gaza, Kerem Shalom, would be significantly lifted and the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza would be permanently opened. [Read more…]

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