The Argentine government has condemned the recent wave of violence which has hit Israel and the Palestinian region of Gaza, speaking out against the acts committed by both sides in a conflict that has already claimed hundreds of lives.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner published a press release in her Twitter account where she made Israel responsible for the safety of Argentine priest Jorge Hernández, who serves in the Gaza strip, and warned that any harm done to him “will have severe consequences for the bilateral relations.”
Pope Francis has met with Jorge Hernández, the Argentine parish priest who leads the Sacred Family in Gaza, the only Catholic church in the conflict-hit zone.
The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land said a spate of attacks against the Church have poisoned the atmosphere ahead of this month's visit by Pope Francis, and urged Israel to crack down on the perpetrators.
Israeli ambassador to Argentina, Dorit Shavit, called for a “thorough” investigation of the Iranian link in the AMIA Jewish community building and Israel Embassy bombings in the 90s.
Militants in Gaza fired more rockets at Tel Aviv, targeting Israel's heartland after attacks in the enclave that Palestinian officials said have killed at least 27 people.
A statement made by an Iranian official yesterday directly rejecting Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman’s insistence that key figures in the current Iran administration would be involved in the bilateral truth commission into the 1994 AMIA attack provoked outrage from politicians and the Jewish community yesterday.
AMIA case special prosecutor Alberto Nisman has said he will summon former Israeli ambassador to Argentina Itzhak Avirán to explain his recent comments about the bombings of Israel’s embassy in 1992 and of the AMIA Jewish community center back in 1994. Avirán had said Tel Aviv “has killed most of those who had carried out the attacks."
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman began a two-day visit to Israel today that aims to strengthen the diplomatic ties weakened last year after the signature in Buenos Aires of the memorandum of understanding with Iran for the investigation of AMIA bombing.
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman met with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman, who assured he was not aware of the Israeli Embassy’s communiqué which harshly criticized Argentina's talks with Iran.
The National Government rejected Israel’s decision to summon the Argentine ambassador in Tel Aviv to discuss recent agreement between Argentina and Iran, saying it considered it an “improper” move that goes “against the traditional, friendly relationship” between both nations.
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman commemorated the 19th anniversary of the Israeli Embassy in Argentina that left 29 dead, assuring "it was an attack on all the people of Argentina."
Federal Judge Daniel Rafecas said he is “certain that many local organizations are being funded by the Iranian embassy” in Buenos Aires, and warned that social movements’ leader Luis D’Elía “is aware of it.”
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman said that “Argentina and Israel are two countries that are friends with each other, who cooperate between them and hold an unbreakable bond,” before he is due to start an official visit to that country.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a renewed commitment to achieving Middle East peace, saying a lasting deal between Israel, the Palestinians and all their neighbours was possible.
A baby died and eight other people were hurt when a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians at a Jerusalem light railway stop, then police shot the driver as he fled, police and a hospital official said.
Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip today in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on August 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce.
There is no value in peace talks with Israel unless the goal is ending its 47-year occupation of the Palestinian territories within a "firm timetable", Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly today.
Israel has described a plan by Sweden's new centre-left government to recognise the state of Palestine as being ill-considered in the absence of Middle East peace negotiations and contrary to agreements.
Thirty-two UN peacekeepers were rescued today from Islamist militants who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, the United Nations said.
Israel announced a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war.
The British government has said it deplored an Israeli decision to appropriate a large swathe of land inside the occupied West Bank, saying the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation.
A group of 43 UN peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have been detained by militants fighting the Syrian army, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said.
UN officials shuttled along the rocky frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, trying to establish the whereabouts of 44 United Nations peacekeepers seized by al-Qaeda-linked militants inside Syria.
The United Nations said it had been informed that the Islamist militants who seized 44 Fijian peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights did so "for their own protection" and that all the detained blue-helmeted soldiers are safe.
By Damian PachterMarcelo Tregerman, grandfather of 4-year-old Daniel who was killed by a Hamas mortar launched from the Gaza Strip last Friday, speaks to the BuenosAiresHerald.com from Israel.
Hamas will not cease resisting Israel until all its demands are met, the group's overall leader Khaled Meshaal said, adding the latest Gaza conflict was only "a milestone to reaching our objective".
Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the family of Daniel Tregerman, the 4-year-old with Argentine roots who was killed by a Hamas mortar last Friday.
Israel has bombed more of Gaza's tallest structures, bringing down a 13-storey apartment and office tower and destroying most of a 16-floor residential building after warning occupants to get out.
A ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza went into effect today and joyous Palestinians streamed into the streets of the battered enclave to celebrate.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the ceasefire that ended 50 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip, and warned Israel and Palestinian militants that any violations of it would be "utterly irresponsible," Ban's spokesman said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower.
Iran said it had shot down an Israeli spy drone that was heading for its Natanz nuclear enrichment site, Iranian media reported.
Israeli air strikes launched before dawn killed two Palestinians and destroyed much of one of Gaza's tallest apartment and office buildings, setting off huge explosions and wounding 20 people, Palestinian health officials said.
Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel today, a day after Israeli forces killed three Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to die in the six-week war.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an urgent resumption of peace talks today as violence continued unabated in the Gaza Strip with Israel carrying out air strikes and militants firing rockets.
By Damian Pachter
After the death of her four –year-old son Daniel, Gila Tregerman called today for a peaceful solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and stated “I just want peace,” during a phone conversation with the BuenosAiresHerald.com.
An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed.
Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in an air strike on the Gaza Strip today, the clearest signal yet that Israel is intent on eliminating the group's military leadership after a failed attempt on the life of its top commander this week.
A top Hamas official said members of his militant group kidnapped three Israeli teenagers whose deaths in June provoked a spiral of violence that led to the war in Gaza, the first acknowledgement of the movement's involvement.
Israeli and Palestinian officials said they had agreed to extend a Gaza ceasefire by another 24 hours to allow time for the sides to continue negotiations for terms of a possible agreement.
Israel and the Palestinians struggled to reach a lasting deal in Egyptian-mediated talks before a day-long extension of a Gaza ceasefire runs out.
A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed, with Palestinian militants firing rockets into Israel, prompting Israeli air strikes that health officials said killed a woman and a young girl.
Israel and Palestinian factions negotiating in Cairo agreed to extend a truce for five more days to allow them to reach a lasting agreement to end the fighting in Gaza, the head of the Palestinian delegation said.
Offers made to the Palestinian delegation in Cairo do not meet the aspirations of the people, said Hamas's head of foreign affairs, Osama Hamdan, raising doubts about the chances of reaching a truce with Israel in the Cairo-brokered talks.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said any deal on Gaza's future at truce talks in Cairo must be contingent on Israel's security needs, cautioning Hamas against carrying out its threat of a long war if Palestinian demands are not met.
Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are "difficult", Palestinian delegates said today, while an Israeli official said no progress had been made so far.
Israeli police reported a rocket was fired from Gaza and landed in southern Israel, breaking a three-day truce two hours before it was due to expire, while negotiations between Israel and Palestine continued.
An Italian journalist, three Palestinian bomb disposal experts and two other people were killed in Gaza when unexploded munitions blew up, medical officials and police said.
Israel said it was prepared for protracted military action in Gaza and would not return to Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks as long as Palestinians kept up cross-border rocket and mortar fire.
Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza starting at 2100 GMT, officials from the warring sides said.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed indirect talks mediated by Egypt today on ending a month-old Gaza war, Egypt's state news agency said, after a new 72-hour truce appeared to be holding.
Israel launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip today in response to Palestinian rockets fired after Egyptian-mediated talks failed to extend a 72-hour truce in the month-long war.
Israel launched more than 20 aerial attacks in Gaza, killing five Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to negotiate an agreement for an extended ceasefire.
Palestinian negotiators will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without setting conditions, the head of the delegation Azzam Ahmed said.
A senior Cairo based Hamas official said there was no agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians over the extension of a 72-hour Gaza ceasefire that took effect on Tuesday.
Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip today and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war.
Sayeeda Warsi, a senior minister in Britain's Foreign Office, resigned today, accusing Prime Minister David Cameron's government of taking a "morally indefensible" approach to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said there was "clear evidence" of war crimes by Israel during its offensive in Gaza as he met International Criminal Court prosecutors today to push for an investigation.
Israel said it would unilaterally hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and allow some of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced by an almost four-week-old war to go back to home.
Palestinians said Israel had bombed a refugee camp in Gaza City, killing an eight-year-old girl and wounding 29 other people, while Israel said at least four rockets had been fired at its territory from Gaza.
Israel and Hamas have agreed to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire to end four weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip, while Jerusalem was rocked by two attacks that appeared to be a backlash to the violence.
Israel and Hamas have agreed to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire to end four weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip, while Jerusalem was rocked by two attacks that appeared to be a backlash to the violence.
Israel will go on fighting Hamas in the Gaza Strip even after the army completes its core mission of destroying the cross-border tunnels used by Palestinian militants to attack its territory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Hadar Goldin, an Israeli soldier feared abducted by Hamas Islamist militants in the Gaza Strip, was determined to have been killed in action during Israel's operation in the Gaza Strip, an army statement said.
An Israeli air strike killed at least 10 people and wounded about 30 others in a UN-run school in the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said, as dozens died in Israeli shelling of the enclave and Hamas fired rockets at Israel.
The Hamas Islamist group's armed wing in the Gaza Strip said it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused them of abducting, adding he may have been killed during an ambush.
Egypt was due to host a Palestinian delegation later today to try to salvage the truce. Israeli envoys had also been expected in Cairo at the weekend, but Netanyahu officials did not say whether they would still go.
Some Israeli ground forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip, two Israeli television stations have reported, after the military said it was close to achieving its main war goal of destroying Hamas cross-border tunnels.
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip starting on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today.
A Gaza ceasefire crumbled only hours after it began with at least 40 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and Tel Aviv accusing militants of violating the truce by firing rockets and mortars.
The United Nations agency that looks after Palestinian refugees said it had found a cache of rockets at one of its schools in the Gaza Strip and deplored those who had put them there.
At least 19 Palestinian sheltering in a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp died today, victims of Israeli shelling. Hours later, the Israeli military offered a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire today in some areas of the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, has said he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that parties to the conflict in Gaza have "expressed serious interest" in his request for a further 24 hour humanitarian ceasefire, but "have not yet agreed on the timing of its implementation."
A grim-faced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a protracted war in Gaza, dashing any hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious cross-border raid and five Israeli soldiers were killed.
Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave. Health officials said at least 30 Palestinians were killed in some of heaviest bombardments from air, sea and land since the Israeli offensive began in response to Hamas rocket fire.
Militants resumed firing rockets into Israel from Gaza around two hours after the end of a 12-hour ceasefire, the armed wing of Islamist group Hamas said. Israeli police said warning sirens sounded across the country as rockets were fired as far as the Tel Aviv area.
Hamas Islamist militants have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in their conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the group has said, hours after fighting between the sides resumed.
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Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a UN requested 12 hour humanitarian truce to begin on Saturday morning, and efforts to secure a long-term cease-fire moved ahead.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets today to recover their dead and stock up on food supplies after a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas took hold.
Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war today with the lifting of a US and European ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700.
The United Nations leader said he was appalled by the shelling of a UN school in the Gaza Strip and made a vehement plea for sides to end the conflict.
Israeli security cabinet rejected today US Secretary of State John Kerry’s humanitarian cease fire proposal presented in El Cairo, Israel public TV announced.
Israeli forces pounded Gaza meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said ceasefire talks had made some progress.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today called for a referendum canvassing the Arabs and Jews that live in Israel in order to end the "Zionist state", but said until such a vote could be held, armed resistance was necessary.
At least 15 people were killed and many wounded when Israeli forces shelled a UN-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees in northern Gaza, said a spokesman for the Gaza health ministry.
US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas to seek peace negotiations based on an Egyptian truce proposal that the Islamist militant group has rejected.
Following reports of rocket falling near Ben Gurion airport, US and Europe airlines moved to ban all flights to Israel. The US Federal Aviation Federation (FAA) released a statement informing US airlines they "were prohibited from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.”
With the conflict entering its third week, the Palestinian death toll rose to 616, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians, Gaza health officials said.
Israel kept up its assaults in the Gaza Strip today, killing a Palestinian man in an air strike, as the death of a man in the town of Khan Younis raised the Palestinian toll to 537 killed.
Israel kept up its assaults in the Gaza Strip today, killing a Palestinian man in an air strike, as the death of a man in the town of Khan Younis raised the Palestinian toll to 537 killed.
President Barack Obama repeated today that Israel had the right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas militants but said he had serious concerns about the growing number of civilian casualties resulting from the conflict.
Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip saying no ceasefire was near as top US and UN diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 500 lives.
Two Israeli soldiers were killed in a cross-border attack by Hamas militants today, the army said, as the Palestinian death toll from the conflict rose above 300 with no diplomatic solution in sight.
Israel fired shells into the Gaza Strip and militants kept up rocket fire into the Jewish state on Sunday with no sign of a diplomatic breakthrough to end the worst fighting between Israel and Hamas in two years.
Hamas's armed wing said it had captured an Israeli soldier, as fighting in Gaza led to the bloodiest losses in a nearly two-week military offensive, with some 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed.
Pope Francis has telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to express his "very grave concerns" over the conflict in Gaza, the Vatican said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Middle East on Saturday in a bid to end the fighting between Israel and Palestinians, alarmed at a serious escalation that includes a ground offensive by Israel, said a senior UN official.
Israeli forces on Saturday pressed ahead with a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinian militants kept firing rockets deep into Israel's heartland, pushing the death toll past 300 in almost two weeks of conflict.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel to do more to stop Palestinian civilian deaths as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza.
Israel launched a Gaza ground campaign after 10 days of bombardments from the air and sea failed to stop militants' rocket attacks, stepping up an offensive that already has taken a heavy toll in civilian lives.
Israel intensified its land offensive in Gaza with artillery, tanks and gunboats and warned it could "significantly widen" an operation Palestinian officials said was killing ever greater numbers of civilians.
Israeli shelling killed four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach today, an incident the military called tragic, and Israel and Hamas said they would cease attacks for five hours on Thursday for a humanitarian truce requested by the United Nations.
Palestinians rushed to shops and banks as a five-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas came into force, hours after the Israeli military said it had fought off gunmen who infiltrated from Gaza. The break in 10 days of fighting has been requested by the UN.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said.
Israel resumed air strikes in the Gaza Strip today after agreeing to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks.
Israel urged the evacuation of several Gaza Strip areas threatening ground operations after briefly holding fire under an Egyptian truce proposal that failed to stop Palestinian rocket salvoes.
Israel said it would temporarily halt fire in the Gaza Strip on Thursday for a five-hour period, citing humanitarian reasons.
Israeli forces dropped leaflets into the town of Beit Lahiya near Gaza's northern border with Israel. They read: "Those who fail to comply with the instructions to leave immediately will endanger their lives and the lives of their families. Beware."
Three Israeli Jews arrested for the murder of a Palestinian teenager have confessed to abducting him and burning him alive, officials said, an incident that helped trigger a week of Israeli-Hamas fighting around the Gaza strip.
Egypt has launched an initiative to halt fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants, proposing a ceasefire to be followed by talks in Cairo on settling the conflict in which Gaza authorities say more than 170 people have died.
Rockets were fired at northern Israel from Lebanon today and Israel's army responded with artillery fire, Lebanese security sources and the Israeli military said, in the second such incident in two days.
Israeli navy commandos clashed with Hamas gunmen during a raid on the coast of the Gaza Strip today, the first such gunfight of a six-day Israeli offensive on the territory aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket fire.
Israeli naval commandos have clashed with Hamas militants in a raid on the coast of the Gaza Strip, in what appeared to be the first ground assault of a six-day Israeli offensive on the territory aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket fire.
Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed four more Palestinians before dawn today, raising the death toll to at least 85, while a Palestinian rocket hit a fuel tanker at an Israeli petrol station causing a huge blaze.
An airstrike outside a family home early Saturday pushed the Palestinian death toll past 100 in four days of cross-border fighting as Israel showed no sign of pausing despite international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire with the militants.
Israel has rushed an eighth missile interceptor battery into service to counter stronger-than-expected rocket fire from Gaza as the military pounded positions in the Palestinian enclave for a fifth day, killing 15 people.
By Nadia NasanovskySpeaking with Buenosairesherald.com, Ronny Edry, an Israeli graphic designer that became worldwide known in 2012 for his “Israel Loves Iran” campaign cannot hide his despair for this “new cycle of war”.
At least 74 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said today, and militants kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and other cities in warfare showing no signs of ending soon.
President Barack Obama expressed concern to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today about the risk of an escalation of hostilities in the region and said the United States was ready to help bring them to an end, the White House said.
At least 23 people were killed across Gaza, by a bombardment Israel said may be just the start of a lengthy offensive against Islamist militants whose rockets struck deeper than ever before into Israel.
Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland in intensifying warfare that Palestine said has killed at least 53 people in the Hamas-dominated enclave.
The UN Security Council will meet at 11 am (1400 GMT) on Thursday to discuss escalating Israel and Palestinian hostilities and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is likely to brief the 15-member body, diplomats said.
Israeli air strikes killed six Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip today, the Islamist group said, in the deadliest attacks in a surge of violence exacerbated by the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths and a Palestinian teen.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the United States and Israel were playing "good cop, bad cop" to intimidate his country into making concessions on the nuclear dispute with the West.
Israel bombarded dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip today, stepping up what it said might become a long-term offensive against Islamist Hamas after a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns.
Initial autopsy findings from the body of an East Jerusalem youth who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and killed by far-right Jews showed that he was burned alive, the Palestinian attorney-general has been reported as saying.
The United States called for speedy investigation of an incident in which it said a US citizen of Palestinian descent appeared to have been badly beaten by Israeli paramilitary police during riots in East Jerusalem this week.
Israel has arrested six Jewish suspects in the abduction and killing of a Palestinian teenager whose death sparked violent protests in Jerusalem and Israeli Arab towns.
After the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, Tel Aviv intensified its strikes to Hamas, blaming the Palestinian Islamist group for the abduction and killings. “We will continue to pursue the murderers of the teen,” Israeli defence minister said.
The discovery of a body in a Jerusalem forest has raised suspicions that a missing Palestinian youth had been killed by Israelis avenging the deaths of three abducted Jewish teens.
Israeli air strikes wounded 15 people in the Gaza Strip, local residents said, and militants kept up rocket fire on Israel, damaging two homes, in rising border tensions following the death of a Palestinian youth.
Israeli air strikes on Syrian military positions killed at least 10 members of Syria's army, a monitoring group has said, a day after Israel said an attack from inside Syria killed an Israeli boy in the Golan Heights.
Israeli aircraft has attacked at least six militant targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after rockets fired from the Palestinian territory set a factory in Israel on fire, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.
Israeli forces found the bodies of three missing teenagers in the occupied West Bank after a nearly three-week-long search and a sweep against the Islamist Hamas group that Israel says abducted them.
Israel said Hamas militants had abducted three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank, warning of "serious consequences" as it pressed on with a search and detained dozens of Palestinians.
Israeli armed forces has swept through half a dozen Palestinian towns and arrested more Hamas officials, expanding a search for three teenagers into a crackdown on the Islamist group accused of abducting them.
Israeli forces traded gunfire with Palestinians today, the military said, in the fiercest street battles in the occupied West Bank since a search began for three Israeli teenagers missing for a week.
Reuven Rivlin, a right-wing legislator opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state, has been elected Israel's president and will replace the dovish Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post.
Israeli forces are searching for three Jewish teenagers who went missing in the West Bank late on Thursday, the military said on today.
Israel has sent more troops to the occupied West Bank to step up searches for three Israeli teenagers believed to have been abducted by Palestinians, with a military source saying it was not known if they were dead or alive.
The Israeli and Palestinian presidents began an unprecedented meeting with Pope Francis to pray together in the hope that the gesture will relaunch the Middle East peace process.
Pope Francis told the Israeli and Palestinian presidents that they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace in the Middle East and find "the strength to persevere undaunted in dialogue", at the end of an unprecedented prayer meeting in the Vatican gardens that marked the first time the two presidents have met in public in more than a year.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the now-moribund Palestinian peace negotiations drew criticism from both sides of his own coalition today, and one partner said relations with the United States had plunged to an all-time low.
"We will work together, Jews, Christians and Muslims to bring an end to the conflicts," Peres said, speaking alongside the pope, a choir of children standing behind them.
Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican and pray for peace together at an unprecedented gathering on June 8, the Vatican said.
Israel announced plans to build some 3,000 more settler homes in response to the inauguration of a Palestinian unity government formed with the backing of Hamas Islamists opposed to Israel's existence.
Israel's ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in jail today for taking bribes in a real estate deal, a crime the judge said was akin to treason. "A public servant who takes bribes is akin to a traitor," said Judge David Rozen.
"In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace," the pontiff said as he made a surprise visit to the wall separating Bethlehem from Jerusalem.
Pope Francis navigated the minefield of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and humbly bowed to kiss the hands of Holocaust survivors today, the last day of a Mideast trip laden with bold personal gestures.
After a six-hour closed-door meeting, Israeli Security Cabinet “decided unanimously that the government of Israel will not hold negotiations with a Palestinian government that is backed by Hamas, a terror organisation that calls for Israel's destruction.”
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has signalled that he remains committed to troubled US-backed peace talks, saying that any unity government agreed with the militant group Hamas would recognise Israel.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the Nazi Holocaust "the most heinous crime" against humanity in modern times, in an apparent bid to build bridges with Israel days after troubled peace talks collapsed.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the US State Department said.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over just-revived unity talks with Hamas, saying he had to choose between peace with Israel or its Islamist enemy.
The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed to implement a unity pact and to hold national elections, both sides have announced.
US Secretary of State John Kerry bristled at fierce criticism from US senators, saying he would accept blame for foreign policy failures but was at least trying to make progress on Middle East peace and the crises in Syria and Ukraine.
Israel announced a partial freeze in high-level contacts with the Palestinians and also threatened economic steps after they signed international conventions, deepening a crisis menacing US-brokered peace talks.
Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate US efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline.
Mahmoud Abbas has signed more than a dozen international conventions citing anger at Israel's delay of a prisoner release, in a move that could jeopardise US efforts to salvage fragile peace talks.
Washington was evaluating whether to continue its role in Middle East peace talks, signaling his patience with the Israelis and Palestinians was running out. John Kerry said there was a limit to US efforts if the parties themselves were unwilling to move forward.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, threatening to punish the Palestinians for unilateral moves towards statehood, said Israel was willing to press on with US-brokered talks but not "at any price".
Israel's parliament toughened a law requiring a public referendum on potential land-for-peace deals involving withdrawals from land annexed by Israel.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a series of rocket attacks against Israel that originated in the Gaza Strip and provoked swift Israeli retaliation.
Four rockets launched from the Gaza Strip struck Israel despite an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire announced by Palestinian faction Islamic Jihad after the most intense cross-border violence since 2012.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama that Israelis expected their leader not to compromise on their security even as the US president sought to reassure him on Iran diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers today not to allow Iran to retain the ability to enrich uranium, saying it must be stripped of all nuclear technologies with bomb-making potential.
A pending US framework proposal to propel stumbling Israeli-Palestinian peace talks forward chipped away at a troubled alliance between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and an ultranationalist ally in his governing coalition.
Israel's finance minister halted the transfer of government funds to West Bank Jewish settlements, and ordered a probe into allegations that money meant to support municipalities had been funnelled to a pro-settler political group.
Iran's military has successfully test-fired two new domestically made missiles, one of them a long-range ballistic missile, the defence minister said today.
Israel's hawkish defence minister drew rare US condemnation over reports he had denounced Secretary of State John Kerry's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.
Israel's hawkish defence minister apologised to US Secretary of State John Kerry after a newspaper quoted him scorning the diplomat's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proposed today that Israel carry out a gradual three-year withdrawal from the occupied West Bank as part of any future peace deal, an offer that fell short of Israeli demands.
President Barack Obama said on Saturday he joined Israelis in honoring the late Ariel Sharon's commitment to Israel and he affirmed traditional US support for Israel's security.
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's body lay in state outside parliament in Jerusalem, where thousands of Israelis waited to bid farewell to the maverick warrior-statesman who reshaped the Middle East.
Israel paid homage to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the first of two funeral services being held for a man celebrated as a war hero at home but seen by many in the Arab world as a war criminal.
The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a coma since 2006, has deteriorated sharply in recent hours and he is close to death, the hospital treating him told today.
The wife of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail gave birth to a boy born from sperm smuggled into Gaza, her family said, the first successful pregnancy of its kind in the embattled coastal enclave.
Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards reaching a framework peace agreement but they are not there yet, US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters.
US Secretary of State John Kerry asserted today that Israelis and Palestinians were making some progress in peace talks, though there was still a chance no accord would be reached.
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, slipped closer to death after a sharp decline in the condition of the ex-general who long symbolized Israel's military might.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, is close to death as his health continues to decline, the head of the hospital treating him has said.
The Israeli government's Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor denied the statements made by former ambassador Itzhak Avirán, who assured yesterday that Israel had already killed the terrorists responsible for the bombing of the Israeli embassy in 1992 and the AMIA attack in 1994.
Senior Israeli, Lebanese and United Nations military officers met today to defuse tension a day after a "rogue" Lebanese soldier shot dead an Israeli soldier on the border.
British and US spies targeted a senior European Union official, German government buildings, and the office of an Israeli prime minister, according to the latest leaked documents from Edward Snowden published today.
Israeli officials said they were not surprised by allegations the United States and Britain had spied on the country's leaders and played down the importance of any information its allies may have gleaned.
Senior Iranian officials indicated today that progress was being achieved in expert-level talks between Tehran and six world powers over the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal.
Shrugging off gloomy predictions of failure, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israelis and Palestinians remained committed to peace talks and were on course to wrap up a full deal by April.
An Israeli soldier was killed when a Lebanese sniper opened fire in a normally quiet area of the border between the two countries, and a UN peacekeeping force said it was working with both sides to keep the incident from escalating.
President Barack Obama defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main coalition partner publicly prodded him to show "historic courage" and reach a peace deal with the Palestinians even at the risk of his government's collapse.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the United States and other world powers to demand that Iran change what he called its "genocidal" anti-Israel policy as part of negotiations with Tehran on a final nuclear deal.
Israel's top security adviser plans to go to Washington to discuss a comprehensive nuclear deal that the United States and five other powers hope to negotiate with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.
A Hezbollah commander who fought in Syria's civil war was shot dead outside his home in Lebanon in an attack which the militant Shi'ite group blamed on Israel.
A member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government and former defence chief flew to Istanbul, becoming the first Israeli cabinet minister to visit Turkey since ties ruptured in 2010 over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Russia to insist world powers set tough terms for Iran in any deal reached in the standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the big powers' nuclear deal with Iran as a historic mistake that left the production of atomic weapons within Tehran's reach, and he said Israel would not be bound by it.
Palestine's Mahmoud Abbas said his delegation of peace negotiators has resigned over the lack of progress in US-brokered statehood talks with Israel.
Since Hassan Rouhani became president, Iran has stopped expanding its uranium enrichment capacity, a UN inspection report showed, in a potential boost for diplomacy to end the Tehran-West nuclear dispute.
President Francois Hollande has assured Israel that France would continue to oppose an easing of economic sanctions against Iran until it was convinced Tehran had given up any pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case against a nuclear accord with Iran directly to the US public today, denouncing "a very bad deal" that he feared the Obama administration was pursuing.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a reassessment of plans to build nearly 24,000 settler homes, saying he feared an international outcry that would divert attention from Israel's lobbying against a nuclear deal with Iran.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his peace negotiators had resigned over the lack of progress in US-brokered statehood talks clouded by Israeli settlement building.
Israel issued tenders for construction of more than 1,700 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank today, moving ahead with projects opposed by the United States and others ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband's corpse.
US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Israeli leader delivered a stinging rebuke to Washington over a deal taking shape in talks between Iran and world powers seeking to curb Tehran's nuclear program.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today met with Pope Francis and invited him to visit the Holy Land, matching a standing invitation from Israel.
Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help US-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered officials to press ahead with plans to build 3,500 more homes for Jewish settlers, hours after Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of US-brokered peace efforts.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged President Barack Obama today to keep sanctions in place against Iran and to even tighten them if Tehran continues its nuclear advances during a coming round of negotiations with the West.
Israel urged Western powers not to give up economic sanctions on Iran until Tehran proves it is dismantling its nuclear program that the United States and its allies believe is aimed at developing atomic weapons.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a television interview, said his country is not seeking war but harshly criticized Israel for bringing "instability" to the Middle East and for questioning his government's intentions toward nuclear arms.
Israel said a US television interview in which Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged that Tehran would never develop nuclear weapons was an Iranian attempt to deceive the world.
Kenya said its security forces had taken control of the Nairobi shopping mall where Islamist fighters killed at least 62 people, and that police were doing a final sweep of shops after the last of the hostages had been rescued.
An Israeli cabinet panel decided today to free 26 Palestinian prisoners over the next few days under a deal that led to a resumption of US-brokered peace talks last month after a three-year hiatus, an official statement said.
Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners to keep US sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state.
Russia detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean Sea but Israel said it had carried out a joint missile test with the United States.
Israel and the Palestinians will seek to reach a peace agreement within nine months and negotiators will meet again within two weeks after holding a "positive" first round of talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today.
Iran's president-elect today said Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands was a "wound" on the Muslim world, in remarks shown on state television that differed sharply from an earlier local news agency report on his comments.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume peace talk in Jerusalem on August 14, the US State Department said.
Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners to help restart peace talks with the Palestinians and end nearly three years of diplomatic stagnation.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators plan to resume peace talks in Washington this week after nearly three years, according to the US State Department.
US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for Israel and the Palestinians to make "reasonable compromises" for peace as he prepared to preside over their first direct negotiations in nearly three years.
Israel and the Palestinians have laid the groundwork for resuming peace talks after an almost three-year stalemate, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, though he cautioned the deal was not final and required more diplomacy.
Israel has agreed to a long-standing Palestinian demand to release Palestinian prisoners in order to resume peace talks, but will not yield on other central issues, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry held separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials today and acknowledged there was considerable scepticism that the two sides would resume peace negotiations.
Israeli and Palestinian leaders are nearing crunch time, when they must decide whether to revive long-dormant peace negotiations to end their decades-old conflict, US John Kerry said.
Russia will not scrap plans to deliver an air defence system to Syria despite Western opposition because it would help deter "hotheads" intent on intervention in the two-year-old conflict, the deputy foreign minister said today.
Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion.
Israel played down weekend air strikes close to Damascus reported to have killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, saying they were not aimed at influencing its neighbour's civil war but only at stopping Iranian missiles reaching Lebanese Hezbollah militants.
Israeli troops shot at a target across the Syrian frontier today in response to gunfire that struck its forces in the Golan Heights, the Israeli military said.
President Barack Obama warned Syria that its use of chemical weapons would be a "game changer" for the United States but made clear he was in no rush to intervene in the Syrian civil war on the basis of evidence he said was still preliminary.
Pope Francis urged Israelis and Palestinians to resume talks and make "courageous decisions" to bring peace after his first meeting with Israel's President Shimon Peres and accepted an invitation to visit the Holy Land.
Explosions shook Damascus early and Syrian state television said Israeli rockets had struck a military research center on the outskirts of the capital.
Rebels seized an air defence base near Syria's strategic southern international highway, activists said, bolstering access to supply routes to the capital Damascus.
Israel said it fired into Syria and destroyed a machinegun position in the Golan Heights from where shots had been fired at Israeli soldiers in a further spillover of the Syrian civil war along a tense front.
Israel pressed Hamas to rein in rocket-firing militants in the Gaza Strip after the most serious outbreak of cross-border hostilities since the ceasefire that ended an eight-day war in November.
Iran's most powerful authority said the Islamic Republic would destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel launched a military attack against it.
US President Barack Obama visited Israel's most powerful national symbols, paying homage at the Holocaust memorial and the graves of the founder of modern Zionism and assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman before flying to Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he seeks ways to revive long-stalled peace talks.
Israeli President Shimon Perez congratulated Pope Francis on his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church and officially invited him to Israel in order to promote peace in a “stormy region."
Making his first official visit to Israel, President Barack Obama pledged unwavering commitment to the security of the Jewish State where concern over a nuclear-armed Iran has clouded US-Israeli relations.
US President Barack Obama said today he had told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that continued Jewish settlement activity was not constructive and did not "advance the cause of peace."
Syrian rebels have captured the site of a suspected nuclear reactor which Israeli warplanes destroyed six years ago, opposition sources in eastern Syria said.
Israeli building on occupied land poses the most serious threat to the creation of a Palestinian state, EU diplomats said in a report leaked on Wednesday, urging Europe not to fund any settlement activities.
Renewed international efforts to negotiate curbs on Iran's disputed nuclear program have backfired by giving it more time to work on building a bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Iran told Israel it would regret its air strike against Syria last week, without spelling out whether Iran or its ally planned any military response.
The Iranian people are ready to march on Israel to "wipe it out" if the Jewish state attacks the Islamic republic, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in statements published today by Egypt's state news agency.
Israel gave final approval for 90 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, driving another wedge into a rift with Washington ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama.
Any sign that Syria's grip on its chemical weapons is slipping as it battles armed rebels could trigger Israeli military strikes, Israel's vice premier said.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry communicated to be “surprised” by the deal signed between Argentina and Iran to establish an independent international “truth commission” in the investigation of the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.
Syria warned of a possible "surprise" response to Israel's attack on its territory and Russia condemned the air strike as an unprovoked violation of international law.
A car exploded near a bus in Tel Aviv today, injuring several people. Police suspect it was an attempt to kill an alleged criminal kingpin.
Israeli security forces evacuated about 100 Palestinians early from tents pitched in an area of the West Bank as a protest against Israeli plans to build a settlement there.
Hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers.
Syria's chemical weapons are still secure despite the fact that President Bashar al-Assad has lost control of parts of the country, a senior Israeli defense official said.
Israel eased its blockade of Gaza, allowing a shipment of gravel for private construction into the Palestinian territory for the first time since Hamas seized control in 2007.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled to hold back an opinion-poll surge by a far-right party, appealing in rare radio interviews for his supporters to stand by him in the January 22 election.
Sales of a citrus-scented perfume marketed in Gaza have soared since it was named in honour of the rockets that Palestinians shot at Israel during a war last month, the manufacturer said.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned today after being charged with fraud and breach of trust, in a move that could have repercussions on next month's election.
Israel charged an Israeli Arab citizen today over a bomb explosion on a Tel Aviv bus during Israel's November military offensive in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, the Justice Ministry said.
Germany's Angela Merkel and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to disagree on the question of Israeli plans to build more Jewish settlements, the chancellor said.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, in an uncompromising speech during his first ever visit to Gaza after decades of exile, told a mass rally he would never recognise Israel and pledged to "free the land of Palestine inch by inch"
Hamas's vow to vanquish Israel after claiming "victory" in last month's Gaza conflict vindicates Israel's reluctance to relinquish more land to the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Israel rejected concerted criticism from Europe over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations' de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.
European Union states struggled to agree on a common response to Israel's plans to expand settlements in the West Bank, highlighting the divisions within the bloc over how to tackle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Israel remains committed to a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today, despite worries among the Jewish state's European allies over its plans to build more settlements.
Hours after the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to grant de-facto statehood to Palestine, Israel responded today by announcing it was authorising 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Hamas accused Israel of violating the shaky, Egyptian-brokered Gaza truce of Nov. 21 after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian taking part in a protest at the enclave's border fence.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Israel of her country's support, two days after Berlin disappointed the Jewish state by abstaining in a UN vote on the Palestinians' status.
Israel eased restrictions on Gaza fishermen and farmer Palestinian officials said, advancing a three-day-old truce brokered by Egypt after a week of fierce fighting.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel on Sunday that thousands of rockets would rain down on Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities if Israel attacked Lebanon.
The 193-nation UN General Assembly today overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the world body to issue its long overdue "birth certificate."
Following is the verbatim English text of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza that was reached with Egyptian mediation. The text was distributed by the Egyptian presidency.
Israel began withdrawing the army that had been poised to invade the Gaza Strip to go after Hamas, with both sides declaring they had won their eight-day battle.
Israeli gunfire at the Gaza border killed one Palestinian today and wounded several others, medics said, two days after a ceasefire between the territory's Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel took hold.
A bomb exploded on a bus in central Tel Aviv today, wounding at least 10 people in what officials said was a terrorist attack that could complicate efforts to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers took hold today after eight days of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.
The UN chief called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip today and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to the region with a message that escalation of the conflict was in nobody's interest.
Israel bombed dozens more targets in the Gaza Strip today and said that, while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire.
Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip targeted Tel Aviv today in the first attack on Israel's commercial capital in 20 years, raising the stakes in a showdown between Israel and the Palestinians that is moving towards all-out war.
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi denounced Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip as "a blatant aggression against humanity" and said Cairo "would not leave Gaza on its own", the state news agency MENA reported.
Israel's army fired tank shells into Syria today and scored "direct hits" in response to a Syrian mortar shell that struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas repeated an offer today to restart peace talks with Israel after a UN vote to recognise Palestine as an observer state later this month.
Israel killed the military commander of Hamas in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip today, bringing the two sides to the brink of a possible new war.
Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza and an Israeli air strike killed a militant in a surge of violence after the Emir of Qatar embraced the enclave's Hamas leadership with a visit.
Israel killed a Hamas gunman it accused of preparing to fire a rocket from the Gaza Strip and a separate Palestinian salvo struck a southern Israeli city, causing no damage.
Israel said it was poised to escalate attacks on the Gaza Strip following a surge of rocket and mortar salvoes by Hamas and other factions in the Palestinian enclave.
Israel killed three Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, a day after two men identified as the most senior al Qaeda affiliates in the enclave died in an Israeli air strike as they rode a motorcycle.
The Israeli navy seized an international pro-Palestinian activist ship in the Mediterranean sea on Saturday to prevent it breaching its blockade of the Gaza Strip, a military spokeswoman said.
Israeli forces killed two Palestinian militants during an incursion in the northern Gaza Strip that touched off clashes with gunmen from the governing Hamas movement, local officials said.
Israeli forces shot dead an American man who opened fire in a seaside hotel packed with tourists today, killing one person.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned his defence minister, Ehud Barak, on Saturday to discuss allegations he had undermined the premier during recent trips to the United States, raising further speculation of an early election.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for an early election, seeking to strengthen his political position after signalling that any military action against Iran could be months away.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew his "red line" for Iran's nuclear program - the point at which Iran has amassed nearly enough highly enriched uranium for a single atomic bomb - and voiced confidence that the United States shares his view.
US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a show of unity on preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, seeking to tone down the acrimony between the two leaders that has become an issue in the final stretch of the US presidential race.
Iran's economy is edging towards collapse due to international sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike on Israel if it was sure the Jewish state were preparing to attack it, a senior commander of its elite Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad disregarded a UN warning to avoid incendiary rhetoric and declared ahead of the annual General Assembly session that Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be "eliminated."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the "door may be closing, for good" on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the continued growth of Jewish settlements undercuts peace.
Arab states said they had decided as a "goodwill gesture" to refrain from targeting Israel with a resolution over its assumed nuclear arsenal at the UN atomic agency's annual assembly this week.
Israel will eventually go beyond threats and will attack Iran, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Saturday.
A senior Iranian lawmaker accused the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog of passing confidential information about Iran's nuclear activities to Israel.
An influential Israeli rabbi has called for prayers for Iran's destruction, a week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to court his support for a possible attack on a nuclear program Israel sees as an existential threat.
Iran makes no distinction between US and Israeli interests and will retaliate against both countries if attacked, an Iranian military commander said.
US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program and reaffirmed their united determination to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, the White House said.
Hezbollah said it could kill tens of thousands of Israelis by hitting targets with what it described as precision-guided missiles in a declaration that seemed aimed at deterring Israeli strikes on Lebanon or its regional backer Iran.
The EU foreign policy chief said that comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called Israel a "cancerous tumour" with no place in a future Middle East, were "outrageous and hateful".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran today of making "accelerated progress towards achieving nuclear weapons", adding that it was "totally ignoring" Western demands to rein in its atomic programme.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose a former security chief as his new civil defense minister amid heightened public debate over a possible strike on Iran.
War with Iran would probably turn into a month-long conflict on various fronts with missile strikes on Israeli cities and some 500 dead, Israel's civil defense minister said in an interview published.
Many thousands of Iranians shouted "Death to America, death to Israel" during state-organized protests and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told them there was no place for the Jewish state in a future Middle East.
The Palestinians will next month renew a bid to upgrade their status at the United Nations, their foreign minister said on Saturday, a move which could strengthen their statehood claims after talks with Israel stalled.
Israel is upgrading its Arrow II ballistic missile shield in a US-backed "race" against Iran, Syria and other regional enemies, a senior Israeli defense official said.
Islamist gunmen killed at least 15 Egyptian policemen and seized an army tank in an assault on a Sinai police station near the border with Israel on Sunday, the deadliest attack in the region in at least two decades.
An Islamic Jihadi group based in Egypt's Sinai has posted a video showing it carried out a cross-border attack in June, killing one Israeli at a border barrier construction site and raising doubts over Egypt's security control over the desert peninsula.
US Republican candidate Mitt Romney, presenting himself as Israel's best friend in the Nov. 6 presidential election, said that "any and all measures" must be used to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Palestinians accused US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of undermining peace prospects by calling Jerusalem "the capital of Israel", ignoring their own claims to the city and most world opinion.
Iran has threatened to destroy US military bases across the Middle East and target Israel within minutes of being attacked, Iranian media reported, as Revolutionary Guards extended test-firing of ballistic missiles into a third day.
Gunshots fired across the border from Egypt hit an Israeli army bus but caused no casualties, a military spokeswoman said.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of weakness in the face of US adversaries and promised he would be firm against Iran and China as he prepares to head overseas to boost his foreign policy credentials.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he was ready to hold dialogue with Israel if it freed prisoners and re-armed his police, but there could be no full peace talks without a freeze on West Bank settlements.
Gaza militants said on Wednesday they were ready to sign up to an Egyptian-brokered truce to end three days of cross-border fighting after Israeli air strikes killed a Palestinian militant and a 14-year-old boy.
A beauty contest for Holocaust survivors stirred deep emotions in Israel, with organizers hailing it an affirmation of life and detractors calling it a macabre spectacle.
Israeli archaeologists said they had discovered the first physical evidence supporting Old Testament accounts of Bethlehem's existence centuries before the town became revered as the birthplace of Jesus.
International nuclear talks with Iran have achieved nothing, a senior Israeli official said, suggesting that some Western nations were happy to see the negotiations drag on.
Israel will pay the salaries of non-Orthodox rabbis for the first time, the Justice Ministry said, a move hailed by reformed Jews as "historic", but one that keeps the Orthodox in control of much of the country's religious services.
Israeli naval forces intercepted a cargo ship in the Mediterranean on Sunday then boarded the vessel to search for suspected weapons, military officials and media reports said.
In a surprise move, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a unity government today which has been negotiated secretly over the past days and sealed at a private meeting overnight.
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails agreed to an Egyptian-brokered deal aimed at ending a mass hunger strike that challenged Israel's policy of detention without trial and raised fears of a bloody Palestinian backlash if any protesters died.
US President Barack Obama spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time in six months to discuss the long-stalled Middle East peace process, the White House said.
The Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers will meet later this month, officials said on Wednesday, but the rare talks may only sharpen differences that have brought peace negotiations to a standstill.
The Palestinian prime minister plans to use a rare meeting set for Tuesday with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a letter detailing Palestinian grievances on stalled peace talks.
US President Barack Obama issued his most direct threat yet of US military action against Iran if it builds a nuclear weapon, but in a message to Israel's leader ahead of White House talks he also cautioned against a pre-emptive Israeli strike.
Benjamin Netanyahu assured President Barack Obama that Israel has not made any decision on attacking Iran's nuclear sites, sources close to the talks said, but the Israeli prime minister gave no sign of backing away from possible military action.
Israel killed four Gaza militants as violence sparked by the death of a militant leader a day earlier escalated with gunmen firing more than 90 rockets at Israel, injuring four people, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.
Bombers targeted staff at Israel's embassies in India and Georgia today, wounding four people, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of being involved in the attacks. Israel had put its foreign missions on especially high alert.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Washington to address the annual policy conference of the influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which will be held on March 4-6.
Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinians who threw rocks and firebombs towards them in a West Bank clash that erupted after a funeral for a protester killed a day earlier.
Israeli-Palestinian talks aimed at reviving peace negotiations ended in Jordan without achieving any progress and President Mahmoud Abbas plans to consult fellow Arabs on his next move, Palestinian officials said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to offer Palestinians goodwill gestures to keep peace talks alive.
US President Barack Obama said on Sunday there were important risks to consider before any military strike against Iran and made clear he does not want to see more conflict in the oil-producing Gulf region.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meet in Jordan alongside international mediators trying to revive their stalled peace talks, but neither side is raising hopes they can end more than a year of deadlock.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators made no breakthrough during their first high-level discussions in more than a year, but agreed to hold further talks in Amman on a confidential basis, Jordan's foreign minister said.
Israeli soldiers arrested senior Hamas official, Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Palestinian parliament on suspicion of involvement with terrorist groups, the Israeli military and Hamas said.
Israeli archaeologists said today they had found a 2,000-year-old clay seal near Jerusalem's Western Wall, confirming written accounts of ritual practices in the biblical Jewish Temple.
Israel killed the leader of an al Qaeda-inspired faction in the Gaza Strip, accusing him of involvement in firing rockets and a planned attack on the Jewish state from the neighboring Egyptian Sinai.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet this week after more than a year of deadlocked peacemaking, officials said, but both sides played down prospects of any imminent resumption of talks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the full extent of Iran's nuclear programme was not reflected in a recent UN report, which said that Tehran appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb.
Saboteurs blew up Egypt's gas pipeline to Jordan and Israel, witnesses and security sources said, a few hours before the country holds its first free election since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Egypt's future rulers to preserve a peace treaty with Israel after Islamists took the lead in the Arab country's first round of elections.
Israeli authorities began deporting pro-Palestinian activists who tried to breach the Jewish state's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Envoys of the "Quartet" of Middle East peace mediators will meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials on November 14 in Jerusalem, their latest effort to jump-start the stalled peace process, the US State Department said today.
The White House sought to limit damage to US-Israel relations following revelations that French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel "a liar" in a private conversation with President Barack Obama.
Egyptians crossed the border home today and some bowed down in prayer during a prisoner exchange involving an American-Israeli man who Egypt charged with spying and who was on his way by plane to Tel Aviv.
Israeli forces attacked an Islamic Jihad camp in the southern Gaza Strip, killing a commander of the Palestinian faction and four other militants, officials on both sides said
Israel decided to accelerate Jewish settlement building and withhold Palestinian Authority funds, moves likely to further hold up international efforts to revive peace talks.
A deal between Israel and Hamas to exchange hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was on course for Tuesday after Israel's highest court rejected petitions to block it.
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinians crossed Israel's borders in opposite directions as a thousand-for-one prisoner swap brought joy to families but did little to ease decades of conflict.
Israel's security cabinet approved unanimously the freeing of 25 Egyptian prisoners to secure the release of an Israeli-American held by Cairo on suspicion of espionage, the government said.
Israel and Gaza's Hamas Islamist rulers agreed to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit, resolving one of the most emotive and intractable issues between them.
Israel bused 430 Palestinian prisoners under heavy guard to a holding facility in the Negev desert in preparation for them to be exchanged on Tuesday for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, officials said.
Egypt expects to swap US-Israeli dual national Ilan Grapel, detained in June on spying charges, for Egyptian prisoners held in Israel, an Egyptian security source said.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he expected the Security Council to finish debating his nation's application for full UN membership within weeks, not months.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called for "bold action" today from Israeli and Palestinian leaders to achieve peace after cautioning that Israel was becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East.
A spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas confirmed today a prisoner swap deal had been reached with Israel in exchange for soldier Gilad Shalit.
A last-ditch international push began in New York today to try to re-launch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and avert a crisis over Palestinian statehood at the United Nations.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Turkey to "keep the door open" to better ties with Israel, a US official said, seeking to prevent relations between two US allies from deteriorating further.
President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations' top official he would seek full UN membership for a Palestinian state, a move the United States and Israel warn could lead to disaster and shatter chances for resuming peace negotiations.
US President Barack Obama is concerned about the storming of the Israeli embassy in Cairo by protesters and told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States is taking steps to help resolve the situation without further violence, the White House said in a statement.
Hundreds of Egyptians stormed the building housing Israel's mission in Cairo and threw embassy documents and its national flag from windows, while airport sources said that Israel's envoy was set to fly out of the country.
Egypt's army rulers vowed today to try those behind the violence that drove Israel to evacuate its ambassador from Cairo, struggling to contain public fury against the Jewish state while fending off US criticism
Israeli aircraft struck Hamas outposts in Gaza and Palestinians fired rockets into southern Israel as violence escalated following deadly gun attacks along Israel's porous border with Egypt.The first of more than 20 dead were eight Israelis killed on Thursday in assaults on a normally tranquil desert road.
Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, agreed to a ceasefire after five days of cross-border violence, officials said.
A long-awaited UN report on an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship that killed nine Turks declares that Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip was legal but that the Jewish state used unreasonable force.
Israeli leaders holed up in a new underground nuclear bunker today as part of annual nationwide maneuvers to prepare for a possible missile war with Iran, Syria and their Lebanese and Palestinian guerrilla allies.
Israel backtracked today on a threat to bar foreign journalists from entering the country for 10 years if they board a new international aid flotilla that plans to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said it was "unthinkable" to normalise ties with Israel unless the Jewish state apologised for the killing of nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists aboard a Turkish ship bound for Gaza last year.
President Barack Obama sought to soothe Israeli fury over his new Middle East peace proposals by making clear that the Jewish state would likely be able to keep some settlements in any final deal with the Palestinians.
Israel is prepared to make "painful compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, including the handover of land they seek for a state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the US Congress.
Israel accused Syria today of orchestrating lethal confrontations on the once-quiet ceasefire line between the two countries as a distraction from Damascus's bloody crackdown on an 11-week-old revolt. Syria said 23 people, including a woman and a child, were killed.
Israel said a Palestinian unity deal would sabotage prospects for peace and stemmed from panic by Hamas and Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas over popular uprisings in Syria and Egypt.
Israeli troops shot Palestinian protesters who surged toward its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza, killing at least 13 people on the day Palestinians mourn the establishment of Israel in 1948.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told President Barack Obama his vision for the borders of a future Palestinian state would leave the Jewish state with an "indefensible" frontier.
A bomb planted in a bag exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish district of Jerusalem, killing a woman and injuring at least 30 people, in an attack police blamed on Palestinian militants.
Robert Gates became the first US Defense Secretary to visit the West Bank, meeting Palestinian leaders keenly aware of every little nod to their hopes of achieving statehood.
Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel after a brief lull in violence along a frontier where tension has risen this week.
The United States vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory after the Palestinians refused to withdraw the Arab-drafted text.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would continue to cooperate with the United States despite Washington's veto of a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements on occupied land.
.Israel has given preliminary approval for renovations at a contested holy site in East Jerusalem where rebuilding has triggered violence in the past, a city official said.
"I welcome this American decision. It is good for Israel. It is good for peace," Netanyahu, who resisted US, Palestinian and international calls for a construction moratorium, told an economic forum hours before the arrival of a US peace envoy.
Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian who approached them at a West Bank checkpoint holding a bottle, the Israeli military and Palestinian officials said.
An envoy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Washington next week to discuss ways to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a statement from Netanyahu's office said.
Chile said it had recognized a Palestinian state, joining an endorsement by Latin American peers the United States has called premature and Israel has warned is harmful to the Middle East peace process.
Doubles pair Federico Delbonis and Horacio Zeballos could not take Israeli doubles Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, who beat the Argentine couple 3 sets to 2 in a Davis Cup World Group permanence match held in Sunrise City, Florida, in the US. Israel now leads the series 2-1.
The Argentina tennis team came back from the brink of relegation to finish triumphant against Israel, winning 3-2 in a thrilling final day to preserve their status in the Davis Cup's premier World Group.
Leonardo Mayer will kick off Argentina's key Davis Cup World Group play-off, as the world No. 25 prepares for the tie's opening match against Israel youngster Bar Botzer in the United States.
Leonardo Mayer has beat Israeli Bar Bozter in 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, and 6-1 and gave Argentina the first point in the Davis Cup match for World Group permanence held in the Florida city of Sunrise.
Carlos Berlocq could not outplay Israeli first singles Dudi Sela and lost 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 and 6-2. With the win, Israel tied the series 1-1, as Leonardo Mayer had beat Bar Bozter in 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 and 6-1 earlier.
Argnetina's Davis Cup tie against Israel originally scheduled for Tel Aviv next month has been moved to Florida, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said.
Argentina's Davis Cup tennis captain Martín Jaite has named his final squad for the international tournament, after announcing that he will step down after the World Group play-off with Israel in September.
Juan “Pico” Mónaco has announced he will not take part in the Argentine Davis Cup team that will face Israel in the US for World Group permanence due to an injury in his right wrist.
The Europa League match between Hapoel Kiryat Shmona and Athletic Bilbao, postponed on Thursday for security reasons, has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, UEFA said in a statement today.
The Davis Cup play-offs between Argentina and Israel will not take place in Tel Aviv as it was planned for September 12-14 due to the ongoing armed conflict in Gaza, the International Tennis Federation said.
Israel today presented the US city of Sunrise as their preferred venue to play the upcoming Davis Cup play-off against Argentina, with Cyprus capital Nicosia another possibility for the World Group relegation tie.
Justin Bieber is not getting much spiritual peace on his eagerly anticipated visit to Israel.The Canadian teen idol bitterly complained that paparazzi had ruined his visits to holy sites, saying on Twitter that he was "super frustrated" by the intrusions.
An Israeli university awarded Oscar-winning filmmaker brothers Joel and Ethan Coen a million-dollar prize, as the duo made their first visit to a country their mother had long urged them to see.