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Hamas used ceasefire to kidnap soldier; ceasefire over

IDF at home Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin (Photo: Ido Erez)

IDF fear Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin was kidnapped after suicide bomber attacks forces working to clear tunnels in Gaza Friday morning; Hamas:

IDF searches for officer kidnapped
in Rafah attack that also killed 2 soldiers

Israeli soldiers from the Givati Brigade seen at the entrance
to a terror tunnel. (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)

IDF searches for officer kidnapped in Rafah attack that also killed 2 soldiers

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Secretary of State John Kerry later Friday that Hamas would pay for breaching the truce.

The raid, which included a suicide bombing and involved enemy gunmen emerging from a tunnel shaft, came at 9:30 in the morning, during the early hours of what was to have been a 72-hour truce, and may signal a significant escalation in the 25-day-old war with Gaza

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Israel's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza

A pro-Israel rally in New York City, July 28, 2014. (Photo credit: Jeff Rafalaf)

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Thursday that the damage done to Hamas by the IDF in Operation Protective Edge is "unprecedented in its scope."

Speaking at the opening of a security cabinet meeting, Ya'alon said that Israel would not compromise on the security of its citizens in any truce to end fighting.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he would not allow to any cease-fire that did not allow the IDF to destroy all of the infiltration tunnels in Gaza.

Speaking prior to a security cabinet meeting, the prime minister stated that IDF soldiers are currently finishing off the job of destroying tunnels.

"We have destroyed dozens of tunnels and we will finish the rest with or without a cease-fire," Netanyahu vowed.

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Calls Grow to Upgrade Operation Protective Edge to 'War' Status

Rocket damage in Eilat

MK Nachman Shai on Thursday urged the Prime Minister to officially “upgrade” the status Operation Protective Edge from an IDF operation to a “war.” The government has been under pressure to do so, political and economic experts say, but has been reluctant to do so, because it will require greater outlays in compensation for those damaged by the war - precisely the reason why many are calling for the change in status.

With the fighting moving into its third week, an additional 16,000 soldiers are being called up for reserve duty, bringing the total of active reservists to over 85,000. The reservists, mostly of working age, are having their salaries covered by the National Insurance Institute, while individuals and businesses suffering from property damage due to rocket attacks are being compensated by the Mas Rechush (Property Tax) division of the Finance Ministry.

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of Senate computers this year

CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year. Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that Brennan has convened an accountability board that will investigate the conduct of the CIA officers and discipline them, if need be.

The Justice Department has so far declined to pursue criminal charges against the employees, who searched the computers for information gathered in the course of a Senate investigation into the CIA's interrogation techniques.

State Department:
Christian presence in Middle East
becoming ‘shadow of its former self’

The State Department issued a dire report Monday on the state of religious freedom around the world, with an alarming warning that the Christian presence in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East is becoming a "shadow of its former self."

The analysis was included as part of a comprehensive report on religious freedom around the world in 2013. The report cited a flood of examples of governments and militant groups cracking down on religious minorities, everywhere from Pakistan to Egypt to China. The victims included Christians, but also Hindus, Muslims and others.

The report offered a pointed warning about religious violence in the three-year-old civil war in Syria.

"After three years of civil war, hundreds of thousands fled the country desperate to escape the ongoing violence perpetrated by the government and extremist groups alike," the report said. It said that in Homs, the Christian population has plummeted from 160,000 before the conflict to "as few as 1,000."


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