Israel had seriously considered a full military reoccupation of the Gaza Strip and viewed it as "the only alternative" if Egypt failed to broker a truce and Hamas continued firing rockets, a top Israeli minister said.
Israel on Tuesday pressed on with its air raids on high-rise buildings in Hamas-ruled Gaza killing two Palestinians even as both sides were still considering a new Egyptian ceasefire proposal to end the 50-day war that has left over 2,200 people dead.
Israeli troops Monday demolished the homes of the families of two suspects in the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in June, a military spokesperson said in a statement.
Israel on Sunday said it will not "negotiate under fire" and the military campaign in Gaza will continue, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, amid threats from Palestinian negotiators to abandon efforts to broker the ceasefire talks in Cairo if no Israeli delegation showed up.
Palestine is ready to establish a progressive relationship with Israel if it agrees to peacefully co-exist with Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, Palestinian Ambassador to India Adli Shaban Hasan Sadeq said on Sunday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East Saturday called for an extension to the temporary truce between Israel and the Hamas, as the toll in the Gaza strip violence rose to over 1,000 with the recovery of 130 bodies of Palestinians Saturday.
Israeli forces shelled a UN-run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza strip, the Gaza health ministry said on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and raising the conflict`s death toll to nearly 750.