Israeli tanks kept rolling across the Gaza border with a steady stream of heavy fire. In the first full day of Israel’s ground invasion, one soldier died, while Palestinians reported at least 30 Gazans were killed. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the operation is essential and could expand. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
As the Palestinian death toll climbed past 100, the United Nations human rights office voiced concern that Israel’s air campaign may violate international law. The Israeli military defended its air strikes on Gaza and Israel’s prime minister said the offensive against Hamas would go on. Hamas continued to fire rockets and warned airlines to stay away from a major airport. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that government forces will press on with their days-long military offensive in the Gaza Strip, insisting that his country will not back down even as world leaders call for a halt in hostilities. Continue reading
Hamas fired dozens of rockets into Israel in revenge for the killing of six of its members in overnight airstrikes. Meanwhile, three Israeli suspects in last week’s killing of a Palestinian teenager confessed. Judy Woodruff gets an update from Josef Federman of The Associated Press, and former U.S. envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross and Shibley Telhami of the University of Maryland offer analysis. Continue reading
Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports from East Jerusalem on the funeral of a murdered Palestinian teenager, Mohammad Abu Khdair, where hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli police. Family members say the victim was slain in retribution for the killing of three young Israelis, but Israeli officials say they haven’t determined the cause of Khdair’s death. Continue reading
Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to relay the U.S. position, which will almost certainly draw criticism from Israel and its supporters in Congress and elsewhere. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced the call but could offer no further details. Netanyahu says the new government should be shunned because it leans on support from Hamas.
Juggling the political and religious rivalries between Israel and the Palestinians during his trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis called on Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres to join him at the Vatican for prayer and reflection. Jeffrey Brown gets insight into how the Pope navigated his trip from Nicholas Casey of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from Jerusalem. Continue reading
In charged acts of political symbolism, Pope Francis stopped at some of the holiest sites for Jews and Muslims during a trip to the Middle East. Pope Francis called for renewed peace talks, and became the first pontiff to refer to the “state of Palestine.” The visit came just weeks after U.S.-led talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators collapsed. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a decision by Palestinian authorities to create a coalition government with Hamas is a big step backward for peace.