Israeli warplanes bombed dozens of sites Tuesday in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip as tens of thousands of mourners said goodbye to three Jewish seminary students found murdered the day before.
Gunfire rang out in the streets of Jenin on Wednesday as militants opened fire on Israeli troops conducting house-to-house searches for three teenagers believed kidnapped from near a settlement last week.
Israel characterized the Palestinian Authority's condemnation of rocket fire from Gaza as "empty rhetoric" Wednesday after Hamas radicals fired on the Jewish state for the first time since joining a unified government last week.
Fatah and Hamas have come to an agreement about how the new Palestinian unity government will be formed along with the technocratic ministers will be appointed. Elections are scheduled to transpire six months from now.
Since Hamas entrenched itself in power in Gaza following its victory in the 2006 election, relations between the two Palestinian power blocs have been tense to say the least. Now there are new unity efforts and talks between the two.
A planned meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators has been postponed for one day after violence in the West Bank and in Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority acknowledged Wednesday.
The Palestinian Authority has condemned the recent murder of an Israeli police officer, Baruch Mizrahi, who was shot dead in the West Bank city of Hebron. Nevertheless they claim Israel wouldn't condemn the killing of a Palestinian.
The Palestinian Authority has rejected Hamas' call for a Third Intifada against Israel. They say that their jurisdiction, the West Bank Palestinian territories, will not be the scene of chaos and violence.
Israeli soldiers harassed European diplomats yesterday and seized a truck filled with emergency aid and tents. The diplomats were attempting to bring the supplies to Palestinians whose homes had been demolished earlier in the week.
Even after Israeli Palestinian peace talks have just resumed, Israel has given preliminary approval for construction of more than 800 new homes in Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank
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President Obama is on the last day of his visit to Israel and the West Bank, where he held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. What if anything was accomplished?
The reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was highlighted when militants in Gaza fired rockets into southern Israel, an attack condemned by Palestinian President Abbas. The rockets hit the backyard of a house in the city of Sderot.
The West Bank is seen from the Israeli side in this 2005 photo that also shows part of the separation wall.
FIGURES: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and then-U.S. President George W. Bush address the press at the White House in Washington, D.C., in 2003.
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A Bethlehem Hamas rally
A Palestinian woman carries a mock Qassam missile at a rally in support of Hamas following Friday prayers, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 8, 2014
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Israeli troop presence.
FLASHPOINT: Palestinian refugee camp in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem is shown in photo from 2010.
Palestinians carry the body of Mustafa Tamimi during his funeral procession in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, in this December 11, 2011 file picture. Israel's army has exonerated a soldier in the 2011 killing of Tamami. An Israeli human rights group criticized the ruling as a sign of military impunity
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Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian protester during clashes at a weekly demonstration against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah
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Israeli security forces block Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron during demonstrations marking the 20th anniversary of the street closure instituted an Israeli man shot and killed 29 Palestinians in a random attack.
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Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is seen in this U.S. State Department photo from 2010.
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Palestinian protester reacts to tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes at a demonstration against Jewish settlements in the West Bank
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Israel security personnel stop Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron in February during a demonstration marking the 20th anniversary of the street closure since an Israeli man massacred 29 Palestinians in 1994.