Israeli authorities sealed off the entire Gaza Strip on Thursday to all but humanitarian workers, following a suicide attack by an Islamic militant earlier in the week that killed four Israelis.
The Israeli government on Tuesday criticized U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell for agreeing to meet this week with the authors of a non-binding peace alternative to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israeli forces dispatched to destroy tunnels used to smuggle weapons raided a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip Friday, killing at least seven Palestinians and wounding up to 55.
"There is a wide variety of training in the camp, including sabotage, artillery training, guerrilla warfare and even aeronautical training," the Israeli military said in a statement.
The major powers that crafted the road map to peace in the Middle East issued a statement Friday calling for Palestinians to clamp down on violence against Israelis, even as another attack occurred in a Jewish settlement in the West…
The Israeli government called Yasser Arafat a "complete obstacle" to peace, and in a majority vote, agreed the Palestinian leader should be expelled, though the cabinet made no immediate plans to do so.
Israel moved to free more than 300 Palestinian prisoners Wednesday, calling it a goodwill gesture to aid peace efforts. Palestinian leaders criticized the move, saying many thousands more in custody need to be released.
Israel pulled out of parts of the Gaza Strip Sunday and said it would withdraw from Bethlehem on Wednesday if the cease-fire announced by three main Palestinian militant groups holds.
Israeli military forces killed at least four Palestinians in separate incidents Wednesday, while leaders of Palestinian militant groups offered different accounts of a possible three-month cease-fire agreement.
Israeli soldiers met resistance from settlers Thursday as they moved to dismantle the first occupied West Bank outposts inhabited by Israelis but not sanctioned by the government.
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