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Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has hailed what he called 'the victory of the people of Gaza over the Israeli regime in the recent Tel Aviv aggression against the coastal enclave.' In a telephone conversation with Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad of Palestine Ramadan Abdullah, Ahmadinejad said 'the resistance and bravery of the Palestinian nation was the key to their victory over Israel.' He underlined unity and solidarity among all Palestinian groups, adding that the eight-day war proved that the biggest objectives can be achieved through unity.

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The Jerusalem Post published an article headlined 'Who won?' devoted to the recent developments in Gaza. "Understandably, many Israelis are dissatisfied with the outcome of Operation Pillar of Defense. As was the case in previous clashes with the Hamas and the other terrorist organizations operating in Gaza Strip, there was no clear-cut Israeli victory. The official cease-fire document – which remains unsigned – is opaque," the article begins. 

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Spike of violence in Gaza

The multimedia round table “Spike of violence in the Gaza Strip: reasons and possible consequences.” The Israeli army and the Palestinian movement Hamas launch missiles toward each other. Israel attacked almost 1 500 targets in Gaza within the military operation “Pillar of Cloud” which began on November 14. About 100 Palestinians were killed, hundreds are injured. Israel has losses too. Israel has already called on 40,000 reservists, a total of 75 thousand people my be called.

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Israel arrests Palestinian lawmakers

Israel has arrested five Palestinian members of parliament of Hamas on the Western Bank of Jordan, a spokesman of the Palestinian Ministry for Convicts Iyad Abdo said, RIA Novosti reports.One of them is Mahmou al-Ramahi, secretary of the Palestinian parliament, and Basem az-Zaarir, a Hamas leader in Hebron.Israeli officers organized an operation on the Thursday-Friday night and detained 55 people suspected of cooperating with terrorists. Suspected organizer of the bus blast in Tel Aviv (30 Israelis injured) was reportedly detained as well.

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NEWSru.co.il has had online polling and discovered that 76% of Israelis do not want a cease-fire in the Gaza Sector, 69% said that the Pillar of Cloud Operation did not complete objectives.Israel and Hamas ended attacks at 11 pm on November 21. 160 people died in Gaza, including 42 children and 11 women, over 1,200 people were injured.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the four states mediating peace talks in the Middle East should cooperate with the Arab League (LAS), RIA Novosti reports.Lavrov expressed hope that the LAS would remain devoted to settle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.The foreign minister noted that Russia will support a conference of Syrian opposition and the government if the sides of conflict decide to organize one. He reminded that Syrian opposition will visit Moscow next week.

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ISA detains suspected Tel Aviv blast organizers

Press secretary of the Israeli Defenses Army Avital Leybovich said that the terrorist who had injured about 30 people by a bus blast in Tel Aviv on Thursday was a Hamas member, RIA Novosti reports.His Palestinian supervisors from the Western Bank of Jordan were detained as well. The Israeli Security Agency (ISA) arrested people on the day of the blast by did not publish information early. Members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad have already been questioned.

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"Analysis: Egypt's President Morsi feted for negotiating role" is anarticle published today by the Telegraph. "How did a hardline,anti-American Islamist who believes that the 9/11 attacks were an"inside job" become Washington's new …

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PLO executive committee member says negotiations with Netanyahu government are ineffective

Talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis will not beeffective as long as Benjamin Netanyahu remains the head of theIsraeli government, a member of the executive committee of thePalestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which controls the West Bank(Judea and Samaria), Saleh Rafat said at a press conference in Moscow.Last night a truce between Israel and the Arab Palestinian group Hamaswas signed. It has suspended military operations in Tel Aviv and Gaza.Today, however, Israel has reported that since then its territory was

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Turkey-Israel: Gaza is not an obstacle for gas

Author: Peter Lyukimson, Israel, exclusively for VKEconomic circles in Israel are actively discussing the statement of theDeputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey on Economic Issues,Midhat Rende, that Turkey is interested in …

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Israel is demobilizing reservists

The Israeli army has begun demobilizing reservists who had been conscripted during the military operation in the Gaza Strip. The army has officially recognized the mobilization of about 16 thousand reservists. Mobilization plans were seen as part of the preparation for a possible expansion of operations in the Gaza Strip.

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Israel accuses Turkish foreign minister of hypocrisy

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, prime minister's wife and son Bilal Erdogan visited a hospital in Gaza as part of the LAS delegation and cried over the Palestinians wounded by Israeli attacks.138 people have died, including 59 civilians and 34 children.

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 Interview with Director of the Department of the Ministry of Tourism of Israel in Russia and the CIS, Counsellor on Tourism of Embassy of Israel on the situation in the tourist areas in Israel 

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55 Hamas members detained at Western Bank of Jordan

Israel has detained 55 members of Hamas on the Western Bank of Jordan, a territory controlled by President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas, Reuters reports.Israel and Hamas reached a cease-fire agreement on Wednesday. Israel says that it has been attacked 12 times, despite the agreement.

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Gaza continues attacks on Israel

Gaza has launched 5 missiles at Israel during the recent cease-fire. Three of them landed. Israel did not respond with counter-attacks.

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