Jun 28

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Israel Attacks Gaza After Soldier Captured

Israeli troops attacked parts of Gaza in response to the Palestinian abduction of an Israeli soldier. After destroying three Palestinian bridges, forces crossed into Gaza for the first time since the Israeli withdrawal 10 months ago.

Tensions between members of Hamas and Fatah intensified Friday when authorities at a Gaza border crossing briefly detained a senior Hamas official trying to enter the territory with the equivalent of $800,000 in cash hidden under his clothing.

Apr 26

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Key Player: Ehud Olmert

Ehud Olmert, a detail-oriented millionaire and a savvy backroom politician, ascended to the leadership of Israel on Jan. 4, 2006 after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was incapacitated by a stroke.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon threw the Israeli government into chaos Monday by announcing he would leave the hard-line Likud Party he helped form and asking the country's president to dissolve parliament and order new elections.

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