U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in the Middle East on a mission to revive peace talks, urged Israelis and Palestinians to extend a tentative cease-fire implemented this week. Continue reading
A new wave of internal fighting among Palestinian factions over the last two days has left at least a dozen people dead and threatened to unravel the Palestinian Authority. Continue reading
A top Israeli official signaled a willingness to compromise Friday, saying Hamas militants must free an Israeli soldier and stop firing rockets. Hamas, meanwhile, insisted upon the release of prisoners. Continue reading
Israel’s detention of 64 leaders of the Hamas-led Palestinian government and 23 members of other factions has further heightened tensions strained after Palestinians abducted an Israeli soldier and Israelis launched a retaliatory attack on Gaza.
Israeli troops launched air strikes against Gaza Wednesday, in response to the Palestinian abduction of a wounded Israeli soldier. Destroying three Palestinian bridges and a power station, troops crossed the Gaza border for the first time since the Israeli withdrawal 10 months ago. Continue reading
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he would call a referendum on whether the Palestinian government should accept Israel if Hamas does not back the idea within 10 days. Continue reading
Israel and the Palestinian Authority announced Tuesday that they had come to agreement on allowing Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip in a plan brokered by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during all-night negotiations. Continue reading
The mood in the Gaza Strip was joyous yet chaotic Monday as Israeli troops pulled out of Jewish settlements there, officially ending Israel’s 38-year occupation. Continue reading