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    Hamas uses Gaza schools for terrorist purposes

    During Operation Protective Edge, UNRWA announced that 20 rockets were discovered hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. This case of placing rockets in an UNRWA school was not the first incident of its kind in Gaza.
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    Hamas' terror tunnels

    The Hamas tunnel industry used to be a well-known conduit for smuggling weapons, goods, funds and terrorists into the Gaza Strip. Now Hamas is using their tunneling know-how and resources for terrorist attacks on Israeli territory.
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    Hamas' use of civilians as human shields

    Hamas takes advantage of the fact that the IDF avoids attacking targets where it is know there are civilians.
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    Israel Under Fire - Operation Protective Edge

    Since July 8, 2060 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza, aimed at indiscriminately at Israeli cities and civilians. IDF commences Operation Protective Edge to restore long term peace and security to Israeli civilians.
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    #AskDermer Twitter Q&A

    Question and answers from Ambassador Ron Dermer's #AskDermer Twitter Q&A on July 17.
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    PM Netanyahu: Objective is to Restore Quiet

    Prime Minister Netanyahu outlined the objective of Operation Protective Edge on CBS Face the Nation: to restore long term quiet and security to Israeli civilians by seriously degrading Hamas and other terrorist groups' capabilities in Gaza.
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    Hamas Encourage Use of Human Shields: Amb. Dermer

    Ambassador Dermer discusses Hamas' use of civilians as human shields, "This is the difference between Israel and Hamas – we use our missiles to protect our people, they use their people to protect missiles."
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    Condolence Book for Eyal, Gilad and Naftali

    On Tuesday, July 1, Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frankel were laid to rest in Modi'in. Messages entered into the form below will be included in the Embassy of Israel's condolence book on their behalf.
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    Ambassador Dermer Speaks Out on Kidnappings

    Amb. Dermer spoke to many reporters yesterday and today about the terrorist actions taken by members of Hamas that resulted in the death of three Israeli teens.
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    BREAKING: Bodies of Kidnapped Boys Found

    It is with great sadness that we report that the IDF has found the bodies of Eyal, Gil-ad and Naftali. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the three boys. We will continue to update as we get more information.
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    Ambassador Dermer Honors President Peres

    President Peres in Washington

    President Peres arrives in DC on Wednesday for his last trip to the US as President. Follow along on social media using #PeresUSA
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    PM Netanyahu on Meet the Press, NPR

    Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke publicly this weekend about the kidnappings of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali as well as the long-term consequences of President Abbas’s unity government with Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls for Israel’s destruction.
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    Developing: Three Israeli Teens Kidnapped

    Three Israeli teens who went missing Thursday June 12 on the way back to school in the West Bank were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists.
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    Security Cabinet Decision on Fatah-Hamas Unity

    Today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yes to terrorism and no to peace. Israel will not conduct diplomatic negotiations with a Palestinian government that relies on Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel.
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