CONFLICT * Israel has called up an unprecedented 300,000 reservists, is blockading Gaza and may be planning a ground assault. * Israeli TV channels say Hamas fighters killed some 900 people in their unprecedented weekend attack including 260 at a desert music festival. Gaza's Health Ministry puts the Palestinian death toll at 687 in retaliatory strikes.
Oct 10 - Israel says it has regained control of the Gaza border, pounding the enclave with the worst air strikes in the 75-year history of its conflict with the Palestinians despite a threat by Hamas Islamist militants to execute captives.
– 1948 Arab-Israeli War: The first Arab-Israeli War began on May 14, 1948, when the State of Israel was created. The war ended in 1949 with Israel's victory. – 1967 Six-Day War: Israel defeated three Arab armies, gained territory four times its original size, and became the preeminent military power in the region. – 1982 Lebanon War – 2006 Lebanon War – 2012 Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip – 2014 Gaza War
GLOBAL REACTION AND DIPLOMACY * Iran's top authority Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tehran was not involved in Hamas' attack though he "kissed the hands" of those doing damage to Israel. * The U.S., which already provides Israel with $3.8 billion in military assistance each year, is giving extra security help but has no intention of sending troops, officials said.