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Israel reports finding large tunnel from Gaza

JERUSALEM, March 21 (UPI) -- The Israeli military said Friday it had found a tunnel from Gaza to Israel, with security sources telling the Jerusalem Post it's the biggest yet uncovered,

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Netanyahu to Cameron: Abbas must condemn random rocket fire on Israel

Netanyahu to Cameron: Abbas must condemn random rocket fire on Israel

JERUSALEM, March 13 (UPI) -- Israeli leaders Thursday urged Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas to condemn random rocket fire on Israel and warned of a similar action on Gaza.

Israel itemizes intercepted arms shipment from Iran to Gaza

JERUSALEM, March 10 (UPI) -- Hidden weapons recovered last week from an intercepted shipment from Iran to Gaza included rockets and mortar shells, the Israeli military said.
Netanyahu to Abbas: 'Stop denying history' and recognize Israel

Netanyahu to Abbas: 'Stop denying history' and recognize Israel

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Peace in the Middle East will better the lives of millions living in the region, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in Washington Tuesday.
Cairo court issues temporary ban on Hamas activities

Cairo court issues temporary ban on Hamas activities

CAIRO, March 4 (UPI) -- A court in Cairo banned all Hamas activity in Egypt and ordered the Hamas office in Cairo closed during the espionage trial of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
Morsi's conspiracy trial suspended amid controversy over glass cages

Morsi's conspiracy trial suspended amid controversy over glass cages

CAIRO, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- An Egyptian court suspended the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and other defendants on Thursday following a defense lawyer's request for new judges.

Netanyahu: Refusal to recognize Israel major roadblock to peace

JERUSALEM, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Palestinian refusal to recognize the Jewish state is the key obstacle to peace, says Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israeli group warns Oxfam over links to Palestinian terror group

JERUSALEM, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- An Israeli legal rights group has urged the British-based charity Oxfam to cut ties with Palestinian organizations linked to terrorist groups.

Hamas leader: Abbas has no authority to engage in peace talks

RAFAH, Gaza, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- President Mahmoud Abbas has no authority to negotiate with Israel and the United States on behalf of the Palestinian people, a Hamas spokesman says.

Israeli airstrike hits underground rocket launcher in central Gaza

JERUSALEM, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The Israeli military said it attacked an underground rocket launcher in Gaza Tuesday to retaliate for a Palestinian rocket attack on southern Israel.
Kerry turns blind eye to West Bank terror

Kerry turns blind eye to West Bank terror

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- An idiom originating more than two plus centuries ago -- from an act of courage in meeting an enemy threat -- applies to an Obama administration choosing to ignore one.
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Hamas (حماس Ḥamās, an acronym of حركة المقاومة الاسلامية Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamat al-Islāmiyyah, meaning "Islamic Resistance Movement") is the Palestinian Islamic or Islamist political party that governs the Gaza Strip. Hamas also has a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Since June 2007 Hamas has governed the Gaza portion of the Palestinian Territories, after it won a majority of seats in the Palestinian Parliament in the January 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections and then defeated the Fatah political organization in a series of violent clashes. The European Union, the United States, Canada, Israel and Japan classify Hamas as a terrorist organization, while the United Nations and nations such as Russia, Turkey, and Switzerland do not.

Based largely on the principles of Islamic fundamentalism gaining momentum throughout the Arab world in the 1980s, Hamas was founded in 1987 (during the First Intifada) as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Co-founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin stated in 1987 and the Hamas Charter affirmed in 1988 that Hamas was founded to liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation and to establish an Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. However, in July 2009, Khaled Meshal, Hamas's Damascus-based political bureau chief, said the organization was willing to cooperate with "a resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict which included a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders," provided that Palestinian refugees hold the right to return to Israel and that East Jerusalem be the new nation's capital. Some experts and advocacy groups believe that the Hamas Charter and statements by some Hamas leaders display the influence of antisemitic conspiracy theories, while Hamas officials describe its conflict with Israel as political and not religious.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas affiliated military wing, has launched attacks with both military and civilian victims. Tactics have included rocket attacks and, from 1993 to 2008, suicide bombings. Military targets included Israeli and Egyptian outposts and border crossings and rival Palestinian militias in the occupied territories.

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