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Hamas rockets target area near Ben Gurion Airport
as major carriers suspend flights

UN’s Ban condemns rocket fire, calls for return to talks; Netanyahu says Israel will continue to defend itself; army names Oron Shaul as missing soldier presumed killed in Gaza fighting; IDF death toll rises to 27; over 600 Gazans said killed so far

Live Blog:
Israel's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.


An Iron Dome Missile Defense battery set up near the southern Israeli town of Ashdod
fires an intercepting missile on July 16, 2014 (photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius arrived in Israel Saturday evening and met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

"I don't think the international community should create any kind of symmetry between a democracy legitimately acting in its own self-defense trying to avoid civilian casualties and a terrorist organization that deliberately targets millions of innocent civilians," Netanyahu told Fabius.

Ex-Israeli envoy to US Michael Oren:
Kerry wasn’t invited, shouldn’t be coming; cites
“long history” of unsuccessful diplomacy in the region

Michael Oren, who until recently served as Israel’s ambassador in Washington, said US envoy John Kerry was coming to the region “to our chagrin.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected in Cairo Monday for discussions surrounding a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The White House said Kerry would seek “an immediate cessation of hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement,” and stressed the need to protect civilian life both “in Gaza and in Israel.”

In strikingly outspoken comments to Channel 2 on Monday afternoon, Oren cited Kerry’s “long history” of unsuccessful diplomacy in the region, the Obama administration’s strained relations with Egypt, and the “tension” in ties between the Obama administration and Israel.

Netanyahu says Gaza op will expand until goals achieved; Hezbollah vows to aid Hamas

Hezbollah vows to aid Hamas; major rocket barrage fired at south and central Israel, two rockets intercepted over greater Tel Aviv; Gaza militants infiltrate south, casualties among IDF troops; IDF death toll rises to 18, six fallen soldiers named; Gaza death toll rises to 508.

Two terrorist cells infiltrated southern Israel via a tunnel from the Gaza Strip on Monday, as Israel began the 14th day of Operation Protective Edge. Casualties were reported among Israel Defense Forces troops. Roads were closed and residents ordered to remain indoors until just after 10 A.M., when the incident was declared over. Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces advanced into the Strip overnight, and clashes were reported in a number of areas. Two apparent tunnel sites were located by forces.

Two soldiers killed in Gaza as military death roll reaches 27


Israeli riot police in Nazareth, on July 21, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/AHMAD GHARABLI)

Israel suffers casualties as IDF thwarts tunnel attacks, killing at least 10 infiltrators from Gaza; army names seventh soldier slain Sunday; over 20 Palestinians said to die in overnight strikes; UN calls for ceasefire

Sgt. First Class Oded Ben-Sira, 22, killed by sniper fire, name of second soldier not yet released; Israeli man shot in West Bank is suspected terror attack; Kerry, Ban Ki-moon head to Israel after Obama urges ceasefire on 2012 terms

IUS, UAE to send $87 million in aid to Gaza Strip

The US is sending $47 million in humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip to help tens of thousands of Palestinians there who have been forced from their homes since war broke out two weeks ago.

A State Department breakdown of the aid said nearly a third of the money - $15 million - will go to the United Nations' refugee mission in Gaza.

Since the Israeli operation began on July 8, huge numbers of Gazans have fled their homes, with more than 100,000 people taking shelter in 67 schools run by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, a spokesman said.

IDF campaign shows rockets in schools and hospitals

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit has ramped up its efforts to rebuff the criticism of Israel and present Hamas as a group which uses innocent civilians as human shields. On Monday afternoon the IDF publishes visuals displaying rocket launchers placed at a number of civilian sites, like playgrounds, schools, and hospitals.

IDF says it has killed 20 Hamas gunmen exiting tunnels
inside Gaza, 10 of them in a mosque

"Are you kidding me?" -
Bennett responds to hostile Sky News anchor

Ambassador says US will work to get
Abbas back ruling Gaza after conflict over

Egypt won’t amend truce terms to appease Hamas

Anti-Israel protesters rally across France,
defying ban imposed after synagogue clash

Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance'
as world fury mounts over flight MH17


Rescue workers carry the body of a passenger killed
over eastern Ukraine on Thursday. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Global leaders rounded on Vladimir Putin on Saturday night as armed separatists continued to block international inspectors attempting to identify and repatriate bodies at the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine.

Amid reports that pro-Russia rebels accused of shooting down the plane had removed corpses themselves and were looting credit cards and other possessions belonging to some of the 298 victims, Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, said that Putin had "one last chance to show he means to help [rescuers recover the bodies]".

Rutte vented his anger following what he called a "very intense" conversation with the Russian president. Referring to allegations that bodies of the passengers, including 193 Dutch nationals, were being treated with contempt and allowed to rot at the scene, he said: "I was shocked at the pictures of utterly disrespectful behaviour at this tragic spot. It's revolting."

David Cameron called for the EU and the west to change its approach to Russia if Putin does not alter course on Ukraine following the tragedy. The prime minister said: "This is a direct result of Russia destabilising a sovereign state, violating its territorial integrity, backing thuggish militias, and training and arming them. We must turn this moment of outrage into a moment of action."

Joe Biden:
I Looked Putin In The Eyes And Told Him
He Didn’t Have A Soul


Then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Vice President Joe Biden meet on March 10, 2011
with their delegations in Moscow. (credit: ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Russian President Vladimir Putin have a soul? Apparently not, according to Vice President Joe Biden.

In a wide-ranging interview with The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos, the vice president recalled the time he looked Putin in the eyes and told him he didn’t have a soul while he was visiting the former Russian prime minister at the Kremlin in 2011.

“I had an interpreter, and when he was showing me his office I said, ‘It’s amazing what capitalism will do, won’t it? A magnificent office!’ And he laughed,” Biden explained to The New Yorker.

As in the days of Noah and Lot:
Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT People From Employment Discrimination Monday; No Religious Exemption

President Barack Obama signed on Monday an executive order that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers from discrimination by federal contractors, the White House said. There is no new exemption for religious organizations.

The order bars federal contractors from discriminating against their employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and protects federal employees from discrimination based on their gender identity.

The move comes after the failure of the White House to have the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed in Congress, and amid increasing calls by LGBT groups for a measure bypassing legislative approval.

The White House says the order will affect 24,000 companies and 8 million employees.

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