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Israel 'ready for Gaza ceasefire'

Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers signalled today that they were looking to end a flare-up in violence that began this week with a missile attack on an Israeli school bus and has claimed the lives of 19 Palestinians.

Abducted engineer on missile charges

Israel charged a detained Palestinian engineer with hundreds of counts of attempted murder yesterday, accusing him of developing missiles that Islamist group Hamas fired from Gaza against Israelis.

Jerusalem rocked by deadly bomb blast

A bomb planted in a bag exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish district of Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a woman and injuring at least 30 people, in an attack police blamed on Palestinian militants.

Hamas and Israel in border clashes

Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel yesterday, while Israeli troops killed two Palestinians along the volatile border with Gaza. It came a day after Palestinian militants fired about 50 mortar bombs into Israel – the heaviest assault since an Israeli offensive two years ago.

Israeli troops kill two Palestinians

Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel on Sunday, while Israeli troops killed two Palestinians in a new outburst of violence along the volatile border with Gaza.

Abbas ready to visit Gaza Strip

The Palestinian President has offered to visit the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip for the first time in four years to try to help reunite the rival Palestinian governments.

'Dysfunctional' Palestinian cabinet resigns

The Palestinian cabinet resigned yesterday, in an apparent attempt by President Mahmoud Abbas to demonstrate political reform after the uprising in Egypt. The shake-up could bolster Mr Abbas's standing among Palestinians, dissatisfied with a cabinet regarded as dysfunctional.

Leaks destabilising for Palestinians, says Blair

The leaking of hundreds of documents covering decades of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations was designed to be "extremely damaging" to the peace process in the region, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said today.

Fresh papers allege MI6 helped to target Hamas

Britain's intelligence service, MI6, drew up plans to help the Palestinian Authority put down Islamist movement Hamas and armed groups in the West Bank, leaked documents reveal.

Palestinians wait for answers on Israeli war in Gaza

Human rights groups demand progress in inquiries over Israel's conduct in Operation Cast Lead, reports Donald Macintyre

Israeli troops shoot Palestinian man in botched Hamas raid

Israel has ordered an investigation after soldiers burst into a house and shot dead a Palestinian civilian.

British consulate staff 'linked to weapons plot'

Two local Palestinian employees of the British consulate general in Jerusalem have been charged on suspicion of arms trafficking as part of an investigation into an alleged plot by two Hamas militants to attack the city's most important football ground.

Tensions mount on Gaza border after increase in rocket attacks

Israel has appealed to the United Nations to send a strong message condemning an upsurge in rockets fired from Gaza, as tensions increase along its border with the Palestinian enclave.

Palestinians 'sided against Hamas'

A cable released by WikiLeaks yesterday suggested close cooperation between Israel and forces loyal to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas when militants from the rival Hamas group overran the Gaza Strip three years ago.

Mossad keeps Iran as Israel's 'number one priority'

The Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, has a long history of using targeted killings to attack the enemies of the Jewish state. For example in the 1970s and 1980s the Mossad tracked down and killed many Palestinian terrorists like Ali Hassan Salamah involved in the planning of attacks like the Munich Olympics massacre and other terror operations. In some cases the Israeli army's elite commando units would do the killing, in others the Mossad would employ car bombs or assassins. In 1998 a botched attempt was made to kill a senior Hamas official in Amman, Jordan, for which Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu was forced to apologize to King Hussein.

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