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Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi, who is leading mediation efforts between Hamas and Israel, says he expects Israeli forces to end air strikes on Gaza later on Tuesday

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Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi, who is leading mediation efforts between Hamas and Israel, says he expects Israeli forces to end air strikes on Gaza later on Tuesday. The comment came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to the region to support ceasefire efforts. Israel says it has put plans for a land invasion of Gaza on hold. But it has also told villagers in north, south and...

Israel launches new air strikes on Gaza today after accusing militants in the Palestinian territory for deadly attacks near Eilat on Thursday before noon

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...came hours after gunmen armed with heavy weapons and explosives killed at least 7 people in southern Israel.   Israel launches new air strikes on Gaza today after accusing militants in the Palestinian territory for deadly attacks near Eilat on Thursday before noon. According to the militants, 5 Palestinians were killed in today strikes. Israel launches new air strikes on Gaza today after acc...

The Israeli military and militants in Gaza are continuing to trade fire, with the round of violence that has followed Israel's killing of Hamas's military chief showing no sign of abating

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The Israeli military and militants in Gaza are continuing to trade fire, with the round of violence that has followed Israel’s killing of Hamas’s military chief showing no sign of abating. Israel hit 200 sites overnight, including PM Ismail Haniya’s office. Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel, including one at the city of Tel Aviv that was intercepted. Meanwhile,...

Sunday became the deadliest day since Israel launched an operation against Hamas militants this week

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An Israeli strike on a home in Gaza has killed at least 10 people, officials say, as Sunday became the deadliest day since Israel launched an operation against Hamas militants this week. The strike targeted a Hamas official and that a number of children were killed. PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is ready to expand its operation. Gaza militants continue to fire rockets at Israel, with injuries...

At least 26 people have died in the Gaza Strip as Israeli forces kept up air strikes

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At least 26 people have died in the Gaza Strip as Israeli forces kept up air strikes they say are aimed at stopping rocket attacks into Israel. Fewer rockets have been launched, but Israeli towns are still being hit. Ninety-five Palestinians and three Israelis have died in six days of violence, the latest including a militant group commander. Efforts to secure a ceasefire continue, with a senior...

Israel has begun voting in a general election, with polls suggesting PM Benjamin Netanyahu will return to office but with a reduced majority

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Israel has begun voting in a general election, with polls suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will return to office but with a reduced majority. Benjamin Netanyahu said the choice was between parties that would lead to “a divided and weak Israel or a united and strong Israel”. Analysts say he is likely to form a new right-wing coalition. Unlike previous elections, the Israeli...

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu called the new nuclear agreement with Iran as a historic mistake

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The new Iran nuclear deal has been called a “historic mistake”by Israel and some Republicans in US Congress. “What was achieved last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement. It was a historic mistake,” Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting Sunday morning. “Today the world become a much more dangerous place, because the most dangerous regime in the world...

Barack Obama has arrived in Tel Aviv for his first trip to Israel as US president

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Barack Obama has arrived in Tel Aviv for his first trip to Israel as US president. After landing in Tel Aviv, BarackObama also referred to the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, saying “peace must come to the Holy Land”. US officials have tried to lower expectations of any significant headway on restarting the peace process. Syria, and Iran’s nuclear ambitions are expect...

Israel and Hamas have agreed on a deal for releasing Sergeant Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held hostage by Palestinian militants since 2006

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Israel and Hamas group, which runs in Gaza, have agreed on a deal for releasing Sergeant Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held hostage by Palestinian militants since 2006. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said they agreed only after arduous talks, and that Sergeant Gilad Shalit, 25, would be back with his family “within days”. In exchange, Israel said will release hundreds of Palestinian...

Israel announces it will release a number of Palestinian prisoners as part of an agreement made with US Secretary of State John Kerry to resume peace talks

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Israel announces it will release a number of Palestinian prisoners as part of an agreement made with US Secretary of State John Kerry to resume peace talks. Yuval Steinitz, minister responsible for international relations, said it would involve “heavyweight prisoners in jail for decades”. John Kerry announced on Friday that initial talks would be held in Washington “in the next...

At least 21 people have been injured in an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv, in what one Israeli official described as a terrorist attack

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At least 21 people have been injured in an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv, in what one Israeli official described as a “terrorist attack”. After the incident, near a military headquarters, huge blasts were heard in Gaza – an apparent Israeli strike on the football stadium. Eleven people were killed in Gaza on Wednesday, the health ministry said. Efforts to broker a truce between...

Barack Obama defended Israel's airstrikes on the Gaza Strip

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President Barack Obama defended Israel’s airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, but he warned that escalating the offensive with Israeli ground troops could increase the death toll and undermine any hope of a peace process with the Palestinians. “Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory,” Barack Obama said at the start of a three-nation tour in Asia. “...

Israeli air strikes have targeted the headquarters of Gaza's Hamas leaders

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Israeli air strikes have targeted the headquarters of Gaza’s Hamas leaders, as the bombardment of the coastal enclave moved into a fourth day. Witnesses reported extensive damage to the building, which Egypt’s PM Hisham Qandil had visited on Friday. At least 38 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since Israel killed Hamas’s military chief on Wednesday. Israel earlier put 7...

Syria has formally complained to the United Nations over a reported Israeli attack within its borders

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Syria has formally complained to the United Nations over a reported Israeli attack within its borders. Syria’s army said Israeli jets had targeted a military research centre north-west of Damascus on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding five. It denied reports that trucks carrying weapons bound for Lebanon were hit. Russia has called the attack unacceptable, while a Syrian official an...

Israel has confirmed it imprisoned Prisoner X, an Australian-Israeli man under a false identity, for security reasons, and that he died in custody

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Israel has confirmed it imprisoned Prisoner X, an Australian-Israeli man under a false identity, for security reasons, and that he died in custody. The justice ministry did not name the man – previously known as Prisoner X, and recently identified by Australian media as Ben Zygier – but said his family was notified of his detention. Ben Zygier was held following a court order and his...

The second of four batches of 26 Palestinian prisoners have been released in Israel as part of a deal for the resumption of peace talks

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The second of four batches of 26 Palestinian prisoners have been released in Israel as part of a deal for the resumption of peace talks. Five prisoners were released in Gaza, while the other 21 were sent to the West Bank. Those freed were all convicted of murders and had spent between 19 and 28 years in prison. Israeli and Palestinian officials resumed direct talks in Jerusalem in August after a...

Under the ceasefire deal, Israel has agreed to end all hostilities and targeted killings, while Hamas will stop attacks against Israel and along the border

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A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement has come into effect. Under the deal, Israel has agreed to end all hostilities and targeted killings, while Hamas will stop attacks against Israel and along the border. At least 157 people have died since the flare-up of violence began last week. Both sides continued to fire on each other as the 21:00 ceasefire deadline approached, but...

Barack Obama is concluding his trip to Israel and the West Bank by paying his respects to victims of the Holocaust and visiting Bethlehem

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President Barack Obama is concluding his trip to Israel and the West Bank by paying his respects to victims of the Holocaust and visiting Bethlehem. Barack Obama went to the Yad Vashem museum after seeing the graves of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and former Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin. He is touring Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity before flying to Amman for talks with Jord...

Representatives of Israel and Hamas have begun indirect talks on ceasefire deal that ended the recent violence in Gaza

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Representatives of Israel and Hamas have begun indirect talks on ceasefire deal that ended the recent violence in Gaza. The negotiations are being led by Egyptian intermediaries in Cairo. Hamas is expected to press for an end of the Israeli blockade on Gaza, while Israel wants arms smuggling to cease. At least 158 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed in the eight-day offensive which Israel s...

Israel has carried out a strike near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia

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Israel has carried out a strike near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, a US official says. The official said the strike targeted Russian-made missiles intended for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Latakia is a stronghold of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an important port city where the Alawite community to which he belongs is concentrated. Israel is widely reported to have carried out...

Israel has freed a group of 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a US-brokered agreement to resume direct peace talks

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Israel has freed a group of 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a US-brokered agreement to resume direct peace talks. The prisoners were greeted by cheering crowds on their return to the West Bank and Gaza. Israel approved the releases on Saturday, but they were delayed to allow victims’ families to appeal. The prisoners committed murder or attempted murder before the 1993 Oslo accords and...

The United Nations General Assembly has voted to grant the Palestinians non-member observer state status

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...embly has voted to grant the Palestinians non-member observer state status – a move opposed by Israel and the US. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the assembly the vote was the “last chance to save the two-state solution” with Israel. Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, said the bid “doesn’t advance peace – it pushes it backwards”. The...

Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza appears to have calmed after an unofficial truce was reached following days of violence

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Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza appears to have calmed after an unofficial truce was reached following days of violence. Israel said a mortar shell landed in the south of the country on Thursday after no reports of exchanges fighting. Five Israelis have been wounded since Tuesday amid some of the heaviest barrage of rocket and mortar fire from Gaza in months. Six Palesti...

Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was Hamas prisoner for five years in Gaza, has been released today in a thousand-for-one deal

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Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was Hamas prisoner for five years in Gaza, has been released today. Sergeant Gilad Shalit was freed as part of an exchange between Israel and Hamas. In return, Israel will release 477 Palestinian prisoners as part of the deal. The Israeli soldier was taken across the frontier from the Gaza Strip into Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, where he was handed over to...

Yityish Aynaw and Barack Obama were introduced by Israeli President Shimon Peres

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President Barack Obama and Miss Israel Yityish Aynaw, an Ethiopian Jewish immigrant, dined together at an official state dinner in Jerusalem, where the White House had requested her presence. Barack Obama was in Jerusalem as part of a four-day trip to Middle East, visiting Israel, Jordan and the West Bank. Yityish Aynaw, who goes by “Titi”, made history last month by becoming the first black Miss...