• Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Gaza Conflict 2014

    Speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva

    IDF made efforts, unprecedented in any other army, and exceeding the requirements of the laws of war, to save Palestinian civilian lives, including warning them to leave target zones, Hamas forced them to remain in those areas.

    2015-06-30 by Richard Kemp

  • The New York Times, June 25 2015

    The U.N.’s Gaza Report Is Flawed and Dangerous

    As a British officer who had more than his share of fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans, it pains me greatly to see words and actions from the United Nations that can only provoke further violence and loss of life.

    2015-06-26 by Richard Kemp

  • Endgame Scenarios

    Post-Operation Protective Edge Strategic Assessment

     Beyond the operational and strategic merits and shortcomings of the Egyptian proposal, the Israeli cabinet will face a domestic challenge in articulating to the public the reasoning behind accepting the proposal.

    2014-08-18 by Friends of Israel Initiative

  • Give Israel a Chance

      Hamas is not an innocent NGO; it’s a terrorist organization included as such in the lists of both the U.S. State Department and the European Union.

    2014-08-01 by Rafael Bardají

  • Gaza: Peace is the Problem

     Peace doesn’t need more plans. Peace requires partners willing not to kill one another, but to understand one another.

    2014-07-30 by Rafael Bardají

  • Operation Update and Strategic Assessment

    Operation Protective Edge Brief #6

     Securing a final ceasefire arrangement that will preclude Hamas’s ability to restore its terrorist infrastructure will not be the only major challenge facing Israel the day after OPE. Israel will most likely face mounting international criticism and allegations concerning its military operations in Gaza. This will most likely include a new round of de-legitimizations efforts that might even exceed the post-Cast Lead round.

    2014-07-29 by Friends of Israel Initiative

  • Operation Update and Strategic Assessment

    Operation Protective Edge #6

    Operation Protective Edge (OPE) marked its 16th day.

    2014-07-24 by Friends of Israel Initiative

  • Operation Update and Strategic Assessment

    Operation Protective Edge Brief #5

    In the first 48 hours of the ground operation, IDF held its ground and revealed more than 30 tunnels including both defensive and storage tunnels and offensive terror tunnels leading into Israel. The soldiers uncovered a labyrinth of tunnels dug 20 meters deep and running 2kms towards Israeli territory with multiple exits. IDF Corps of Engineers have started blowing up and demolishing the discovered tunnels.

    2014-07-21 by Friends of Israel Initiative