Even before the mandate, the desire for a Jewish homeland prompted a small number of Jews to immigrate to Palestine, a migration that grew dramatically during the second quarter of the 20th century with the increased persecution of Jews worldwide and subsequent Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany.
This vast influx of Jewish immigrants into the region, however, caused tension with the native Palestinian Arabs, and violence flared between the two groups leading up to the United Nations plan to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab sectors and Israel’s ensuing declaration of statehood on May 14, 1948.
For your safety, you are required to evacuate your residences immediately and move towards central Gaza city.' The move was seen as preparation for a possible land offensive but also a means as increasing pressure on Hamas to give ground in its demands over the terms of a ceasefire agreement being brokered in Cairo through Egypt. More than 1,000 rockets have been fired at Israel this week, the military said.
Significantly, Egypt's president Mohammed Mursi, who has been vocal in his support for the people of Gaza and whose Muslim Brotherhood was mentor to the founders of Hamas, predicted a breakthrough ceasefire could be reached tomorrow and that negotiations were yielding 'positive results.'UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon is already locked in talks in the region and warned yesterday : 'This must stop, immediate steps are needed to avoid further escalation, including a ground operation. Further escalation of the situation could put the entire region at risk.' Three Israeli civilians have been killed and dozens wounded since the fighting began last week, the numbers kept down by a rocket-defence system that Israel developed with U. Under fire: An Israeli 155mm artillery canon fires a shell from southern Israel into the Gaza Strip. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to the region with a message that escalation of the week-long conflict was in nobody's interest Deif is one of the founders of Hamas' military wing and was its top commander until he was seriously wounded in an Israeli airstrike in 2003.
Safety: An Israeli soldier form the Home Front Command comforts and plays with an Israeli boy in an air raid shelter in the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon.
Many people in this border town close to the Gaza Strip stay close to the shelters Cover: Ethiopian Israeli kids in the entrance to a bomb shelter in the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon.
The names of the men are said to have been scrawled on the road after they had been questioned by Hamas security officials about who provided the 'human intelligence' necessary to pinpoint targets for 'precision' attacks that have 118 Palestinians - half civilians, including women and children, dead - in seven days of military operations.
The leaflets include a 'grid' of streets to be cleared, adding : 'The Israel Defence Forces are not targeting any of you and they do not want to harm you or your families.
Despite continuing tensions, however, Israel concluded peace treaties with several neighbouring Arab states during the final quarter of the 20th century.
Grief: Palestinians mourners cry during the funeral of Salem Paul Sweliem.
According to the family, the 52 years old Greek Orthodox Christian carpenter was killed during a strike on a high-rise building, in which Ramez Harb, a senior figure in Islamic Jihad's military wing, was killed Mourning: Palestinians pray during the funeral of Salem Paul Sweliem inside the Church of Saint Porphyrius in Gaza City.
And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.
Israel, officially State of Israel, Hebrew Medinat Yisraʾel, Arabic Isrāʾīl, country in the Middle East, located at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea.
In the north of the country, the mountains of Mount Meron (Arabic: Jebel Jarmaq).