Israel president wouldn`t rule out Hamas talks

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin appeared to challenge a longstanding taboo on talks with the militant Islamic Hamas on Wednesday, saying he favoured dialogue with everybody.

Palestinians say they number 12.1 mn people worldwide

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics said on Monday it has recorded a population of 12.1 million people, of whom 4.6 million live in the occupied territories and the remainder abroad.

Hamas jails Gazan for 15 years for spying for Israel

A military court in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Monday jailed a Palestinian convicted of "spying" for Israel to 15 years, judicial sources said.

Jihadist group claims mortar attack on Hamas in Gaza

A jihadist group that recently emerged in the Gaza Strip claimed on Friday a mortar attack on a base belonging to the Islamist Hamas movement in charge of the blockaded territory.

1 injured in militant attack in Egypt's North Sinai

 At least one person was injured in a militant attack on a security checkpoint in Egypt's restive North Sinai, security officials have said.

Israeli FA to meet Sepp Blatter in effort to avert suspension
Israeli FA to meet Sepp Blatter in effort to avert suspension

Israel`s top soccer administrators will meet FIFA President Sepp Blatter in Zurich on Wednesday in a late bid to avert a vote called by the Palestinians to suspend Israel from the world body.

UN envoy urges Palestinian unity, end to Israel blockade

The UN`s new Middle East peace envoy on Thursday urged Palestinian factions to unite and Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip, on his first visit to the territory.

Israel returns 15 seized fishing boats to Gaza

Israel has returned 15 fishing boats seized from Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, both sides said on Thursday, the latest measure cast as shoring up the coastal enclave`s shattered economy.

Israel responsible for Gaza shelter attacks: UN report

A United Nations inquiry on Monday blamed the Israeli military for seven attacks on UN schools in Gaza that were used as shelters during the 2014 war.

Palestinian reconciliation hits rock bottom

A year after rival Palestinian nationalist movements Hamas and Fatah agreed to end their bitter divisions, the unity deal they signed appears to be on the brink of collapse.

Israel launches West Bank manhunt over kidnap fears

Israeli security forces were sweeping villages Thursday near Hebron in the southern West Bank fearing that a missing Israeli may have been kidnapped by Palestinian militants, the army said.

Palestinian economy chief tasked with Gaza rebuilding quits

The Palestinian official tasked with the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a devastating 50-day war with Israel has resigned, following criticism of the pace of work.

Palestinians to ask FIFA to suspend Israel
Palestinians to ask FIFA to suspend Israel

The Palestinian Football Association will ask the FIFA Congress in May to suspend Israel, accusing it of continuing to hamper its soccer activities.

Palestinian rockets killed Gaza civilians during war: Amnesty

In a damning report released today, Amnesty International said Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians inside the Gaza Strip than inside Israel.

Roadside bomb kills two soldiers in Egypt`s Sinai

A roadside bomb killed two soldiers and wounded six others on Tuesday as it struck a passing armoured vehicle in the restive Sinai peninsula, Egyptian military and medical officials said.

Israel allows 1,000 tonnes of cement for Gaza reconstruction

Israeli authorities allowed 1,000 tonnes of cement paid for by Qatar to enter the devastated Gaza Strip on Thursday, officials said, in the first serious step towards rebuilding the territory.

Gazan gets 15 years` hard labour for `spying` for Israel

A court in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip has handed a Palestinian convicted of "spying" for Israel 15 years` hard labour, a judicial source said on Monday.

Hamas Twitter campaign backfires with torrent of abuse

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas launched a campaign on Twitter on Friday aimed at improving its image, but was immediately hit by a barrage of sarcastic and mocking messages.

Palestinian fisherman killed by Israeli fire: Medics

A Palestinian fisherman was shot dead by Israeli forces on Saturday off the coast of the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Palestinian health services said.

Five hurt in car attack on pedestrians in Jerusalem

A driver ploughed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem Friday, injuring five people in an attack that further inflamed tensions a day after the Palestinians vowed to halt security coordination with Israel.