"Hamas is Islamic State and Islamic State is Hamas" Netanyahu said defiantly in Tel Aviv, two days before the ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt between Israel and Gaza was accepted by two parties. Despite Netanyahu's comments, it is clear that Hamas is no ISIS, and his empty rhetoric did not resonate with the public. The goals Netanyahu set for the operation in Gaza reflect his bleak world view according to which neither toppling Hamas nor trusting Abbas will bring long-term quiet. In the first place, the Israel Gaza conflict was in part worsened by the stubbornness of both Israel and Hamas personnel. The refusal of Hamas’ political chief Khaled Meshal to accept the long term ceasefire proposed in the early stages of the conflict, coupled with the uncompromising and cynical stance of Netanyahu, caused this gridlock. The ideal point at which Israel would have exited Operation Protective Edge was after ...

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Situated in the north-western corner of Georgia with the Black Sea to the south-west and the Caucasus mountains and Russia to the north-east, Abkhazia has always been an autonomous republic, even under the rule of Josef Stalin in 1921. Its geographical proximity to Georgia meant that it was always always at odds with the Georgian side, compounded their their use of old slavic languages. While the Abkhaz consider their independence to be a result of a war of liberation from Georgia, the Georgians believe that historically Abkhazia has always been part of Georgia.(Georgians form the single largest ethnic group in pre-war Abkhazia, with a 45.7% plurality as of 1989 before the ethnic cleansing in 1994.) As the Soviet Union began to disintegrate towards the end of the 1980s, ethnic tensions grew between the Abkhaz and Georgians over Georgia's moves towards independence. This led to the 1992–1993 War in Abkhazia that resulted ...

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Against the backdrop of never ending rocket attacks and siren calls about Israel and Gaza, the media has seemingly diverted too much focus away from the place where the true root of terrorism is now being sowed. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a break-way from Al-Qaeda in February 2014, is a new force to be reckoned. As the execution of journalist James Foley has shown, such a terrorism threat is political, yet nicely packaged in the pretext of ideology. Unlike its predecessors, it works like a hydra (if threats of sleeper cells of Western Europe and the USA is to be believed), and the only outright way to combat it goes far more than direct military intervention or airstrikes, something which the Obama Adminstration is well aware of. After news of independent journalist James Wright Foley being executed by a British sounding ISIS militant turned viral, renewed questions ...

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Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza continued Wednesday to abide by the 72-hour cease-fire brokered by Egypt, which went into effect at 8 A.M on Tuesday. The Israel Defense Forces withdrew its remaining forces from Gaza after the cease-fire came into effect and said it has demolished all of Hamas' known tunnels, some of which have been used to breach Israel's border and carry out attacks. An Israeli delegation is currently in Cairo to negotiate a more permanent agreement, with Egyptian mediation. A Palestinian delegation, including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, is in Cairo, as well. Officials in Gaza say more than 1,800 Palestinians were killed during the operation, most of them civilians. Sixty-four IDF soldiers and three Israeli civilians have been killed since fighting began on July 8. Below are the information surrounding the various rockets that the HAMAS has acquired, their various capabilities as well as Israel's response via the ...

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