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Israel bombs Gaza Strip on day of national grief

Gaza - 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 rings out as Israel searches West Bank for missing teens

Ramallah - 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 strikes targets in Gaza following rocket attack

After a rocket hit a home in the Israeli kibbutz near the Palestinian Gaza Strip the Israeli Air Force launched air strikes on targets in Gaza.

Israel wants Palestinian Authority to help find missing teens

Hebron - Israel has asked the Palestinian Authority to help locate three teenagers believed abducted near a Jewish settlement near Hebron.

Israel says Abbas criticism of Hamas rockets was 'empty rhetoric'

Jerusalem - 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.

Palestinian president condemns Hamas rocket attacks on Israel

The President of the Palestinian Authority, Fatah's Mahmoud Abbas, has condemned Hamas for firing rockets at Israel from the Palestinian Gaza Strip territory.

Netanyahu: Israel must separate from the Palestinians

Israel's premier Benjamin Netanyahu has allegedly said that in order for Israel to retain its Jewish character it must see to "a separation from the Palestinians."

Fatah and Hamas agree on foundations of national unity government

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.

Palestinian Fatah and Hamas groups meet for reconciliation talks

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.

Mideast talks postponed after West Bank slaying, Jerusalem unrest

Jerusalem - 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.

PA claims Israel wouldn't condemn killing of a Palestinian

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.

UN criticizes Israel's Christmas Eve demolition of Bedouin homes

Ramallah - The United Nations agency with responsibility for Palestinian refugees has condemned the latest demolitions of Palestinian homes on the West Bank which took place on Christmas Eve.

Palestinian Authority: We won't allow intifada in the West Bank

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.

Anniversary of Second Palestinian 'Intifada' marked with violence

The thirteenth anniversary of the Second Palestinian 'Intifada' has seen Palestinians clashing with Israeli forces in the West Bank, Jerusalem and on the Gaza frontier.

IDF soldier killed in West Bank city of Hebron last night

An IDF soldier was gunned down by a Palestinian sniper in the city of Hebron Sunday evening, while thousands of Israelis flock the area celabrating the Holiday of Succoth.

Op-Ed: Israeli army stops diplomats from delivering aid to Palestinians

Jerusalem - 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.

Op-Ed: Israel gives initial approval for 800 plus new homes on West Bank

Jerusalem - 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

Israeli PM Netanyahu condemns EU policy on Israeli settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized the EU's new policy on Israel's West Bank settlements, suggesting they focus on more pressing issues, such as Syria.

EU to forbid states from doing business with Israeli settlements

A new European Union decree has prevented E.U. member states from funding, doing business with or providing grants to any Israeli entity that exists beyond the pre-1967 Israeli boundaries.

Settlers 'not loving it' as McD's refuses to open in West Bank

Israeli settlers are apparently outraged at McDonald's refusal to build an outlet in the West Bank. They are now calling to boycott the company's entire operations in Israel.

Palestinian man dies of heart attack after arrest of son

A Palestinian man in Nablus suffered a massive heart attack as his son was arrested by Palestinian Authority security agents.

Israel demolishes 4 Palestinian homes in the West Bank

Four Palestinian homes housing 40 people were demolished by Israeli bulldozers under the order of the Israeli Defence Forces.

Palestinian youths confess to lethal stone attack

The Israeli Shin Bet security forces have stated that five youths have confessed to a stone attack that injured 7 Israelis, including a toddler.

Op-Ed: Obama's Israel visit recap — What was accomplished?

Tel Aviv - 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?

Op-Ed: Rockets hit Israel 1st 24 hours of Obama's visit; Abbas condemns

Ramallah - 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.

Palestinian Authority calls for fiscal aid

The Palestinian Authority has called on the world to increase the financial aid it is giving them and pressure Israel to allow them to further their economic development.

Protesting students force UK diplomat to flee Birzeit university

Consul-General Sir Vincent Fean had to leave the West Bank's Birzeit University where he was to give a talk about the policy of the United Kingdom when angry protests broke out.

Palestinian-only bus lines invoke charges of racism

Various Israeli rights groups have accused the Transport Ministry of racism for opening bus lines exclusively for Palestinians in the West Bank.

Report: Israel must remove all Jewish settlers from West Bank

A report emanating from a UN human rights inquiry has called on Israel to remove all Jewish settlers from the West Bank and to immediately cease expansion.

Facebook page calls for Real Democracy in Israeli elections

A little civil disobedience has sprung up on Facebook, with Israeli citizens donating their right to vote in the upcoming Israeli parliamentary elections to their Palestinian neighbors.
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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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A Bethlehem Hamas rally
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The intertwined yet divided lives of Israelis and Palestinians.
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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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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.
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The West Bank is seen from the Israeli side in this 2005 photo that also shows part of the separation wall.
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Israeli security forces block Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron during demonstr...
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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Palestinians ride on a donkey near homes in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim  near Je...
Palestinians ride on a donkey near homes in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem
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FLASHPOINT: Palestinian refugee camp in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem is shown in photo...
FLASHPOINT: Palestinian refugee camp in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem is shown in photo from 2010.
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Hamas holds an election rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah in 2007.
Hamas holds an election rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah in 2007.
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Rioters throwing rocks at Israeli security forces near Nabi Saleh
Rioters throwing rocks at Israeli security forces near Nabi Saleh
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West Bank: Israel's dividing security wall
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Father and son standing with their belongings following the latest demolitions in the West Bank, which displaced 68 people.
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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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FIGURES: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and then-U.S. President George W. Bush...
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 Palestinian woman carries a mock Qassam missile at a rally in support of Hamas following Friday pr...
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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Israel s prime minister  Benjamin Netanyahu  is seen in this U.S. State Department photo from 2010.
Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is seen in this U.S. State Department photo from 2010.
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Real Democracy - Israelis donating their votes to Palestinians in the Israeli Parliamentary Elections 2013.
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