'The Killing Has to Stop': A Visit to the Home of Former Hostage Gilad Shalit

'The Killing Has to Stop': A Visit to the Home of Former Hostage Gilad Shalit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2012

Gilad Shalit, who spent more than five years in the hands of Hamas kidnappers, harbors no thoughts of revenge toward the Islamist group. And his father, who is beginning a political career, says that Israel needs to negotiate. By Dieter Bednarz more... Comment ]

EU Initiative: Berlin Seeks to Stop Weapons Smuggling into Gaza

EU Initiative: Berlin Seeks to Stop Weapons Smuggling into Gaza

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2012

Germany wants the European Union to help monitor the borders of the Gaza Strip and prevent weapons smuggling, according to media reports. Part of the plan calls for the EU to resume a mission at the Rafah crossing point between Egypt and Gaza, and to help equip Egyptian border guards. more...

Sifting Through the Fallout: Death Hangs over the Gaza Strip after the Fighting 

Sifting Through the Fallout: Death Hangs over the Gaza Strip after the Fighting 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2012

More than 160 people died in the eight-day Gaza war. And though the fighting may have stopped, the dead and the nightmares remain. Survivors and victims' families say they want revenge. By Jonathan Stock more... Comment ]

Deciphering the Ceasefire: Israeli Press Declares Victory for Hamas

Deciphering the Ceasefire: Israeli Press Declares Victory for Hamas

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to claim Wednesday's ceasefire deal as a personal success. But not many seem to agree. Influential commentators in Israel believe that Hamas came out ahead -- and that the Islamist group has now been elevated to the status of negotiating partner. By Ulrike Putz in Beirut more... Comment ]

Tel Aviv Bus Bombing: Israelis Call for Retaliation After Attack

Tel Aviv Bus Bombing: Israelis Call for Retaliation After Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2012

A bus explosion in Tel Aviv has stunned Israel. Though those responsible have yet to be identified, most Israelis believe Hamas is to blame. They say that there is no option but retaliation. By Raniah Salloum in Tel Aviv more...

Weakened But Unbroken: Hamas Can Replenish Arsenal -- If Egypt Lets It

Weakened But Unbroken: Hamas Can Replenish Arsenal -- If Egypt Lets It

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2012

Hamas has fired some 1,000 rockets at Israel. Its arsenal includes missiles made in Iran and China as well as the homemade Qassam rockets. Israel says it has destroyed most of them. But as long as fresh supplies keep coming through Egypt, the power of Hamas will be unbroken. By Ulrike Putz in Beirut more...

Erratic Rockets: How Hamas Terror Works Along the Israeli Border

Erratic Rockets: How Hamas Terror Works Along the Israeli Border

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2012

Hamas is firing rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip each day, bringing normal life to a halt for Israelis living near the border. Each time the sirens wail, residents are forced to flee into shelters. Many feel that any kind of retaliation is justified if it helps ease their fears. By Raniah Salloum in Sderot, Israel more... Comment ]

The Tinderbox: Israel's Battle Against Hamas Could Spark Wildfire

The Tinderbox: Israel's Battle Against Hamas Could Spark Wildfire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2012

The bitter battle in Gaza highlights the fact that Islamist extremists have gained ground in the Palestinian territories with support from Egypt and Iran. The next battleground is likely to be the United Nations, where the Palestinians are seeking observer status. Has Israel miscalculated with its new offensive? By Dieter Bednarz, Anat Keinan and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Cairo's Balancing Act: Egypt Faces Fraught Diplomatic Test

Cairo's Balancing Act: Egypt Faces Fraught Diplomatic Test

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2012

The outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence poses a delicate diplomatic challenge for the Egyptian government. While the powerful Muslim Brotherhood is sympathetic to Hamas and public anger is swelling in Egypt against the Israeli military operation in Gaza, President Morsi is also under international pressure to help broker a ceasefire and safeguard peace in the region. By Ulrike Putz in Beirut more... Comment ]

The World From Berlin: Israeli Assault Is 'Strategically Counterproductive'

The World From Berlin: Israeli Assault Is 'Strategically Counterproductive'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2012

The current outbreak of fighting in Gaza is now in its third day, and Israel is threatening to escalate its war on Hamas with a ground invasion. German commentators on Friday worry that a move meant to win votes in an upcoming election could quickly veer out of control. more...