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U.S. airlines resumed flights to Israel after FAA ban was lifted.European airlines have been also told they can consider flying again to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion's airport. Easyjet resumed flights.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron, in a statement to the House of Commons on Monday
“This crisis was triggered by Hamas raining hundreds of rockets on Israeli cities, indiscriminately targeting civilians in contravention of all humanitarian law and norms. In the last fortnight, Hamas has fired 1,850 rockets at Israeli cities. This unprecedented barrage continues to this moment, with Hamas rejecting all proposals for a ceasefire, including those put forward by the Egyptian government. I have been clear throughout this crisis that Israel has the right to defend itself. Those criticizing Israel’s response must ask themselves how they would expect their own government to react if hundreds of rockets were raining down on British cities today.”
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
“Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting on Thursday 24 July.
"At this time IDF soldiers are continuing take strong action across the Gaza Strip. As of now, the IDF has struck a deep and significant blow at the infrastructures of terrorism – at the terrorists themselves, at rockets, at command centers, at production facilities and at many other targets''.
The EU Council of Foreign Affairs
''Recent events in the wider Middle East pose serious threats to the EU as well as to its immediate neighbours. The European Union reiterates its fundamental commitment to the security of Israel, including with regard to current and emerging threats in the region.''
Shimon Peres in his speech handing over the presidency of the State of Israel to Reuven Rivlin on Thursday
‘‘I did not imagine that in the last days of my presidency I would be called upon, once more, to comfort bereaved families.’’ He said Hamas was responsible for starting the current war by firing barrages of rockets at Israel, but also emphasized that ‘‘Israel is not the enemy of the people of Gaza.’’

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Parashat Masei / פרשת מסעי
Next read on 26 July 2014. Parashat Masei is the 43d weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

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Solidarity rally for Israel in Brussels as pro-Palestinian demonstrations marred by anti-Semitic incidents

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Israel’s security cabinet accepts to extend humanitarian ceasefire for 24 hours but Hamas rejects

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Jewish Museums in Norway closed for possible terrorist attacks similar to Brussels

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Brazil recalls its ambassador in Israel over Gaza

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EU Council of Foreign Affairs Conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process

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In Jerusalem, new British FM Hammond stresses need to bring Gaza conflict to a quick end, puts the blame on Hamas.

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