UN tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and the Palestinians today to move away from unilateral actions stoking tensions and make the "tough compromises" needed to end their decades-old conflict.

Gaza ceasefire talks to restart next week: Hamas

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to resume talks on a durable Gaza ceasefire next week in Cairo, a senior official of the Islamist movement Hamas which rules the territory said Monday.

Hamas holds Gaza rally to 'defend' Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa

Hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza participated in a Hamas-organised rally on Friday over Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque, the scene of recurring clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in recent days.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urges probe into Gaza school shelling

UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded an independent probe into the deadly shelling of a school during the Gaza conflict and expressed shock at the extent of devastation during a visit today to the Palestinian enclave.

Recognition of Palestine `still long way off`

 Despite a highly-symbolic British vote to recognise Palestine as a state, the road to official recognition is still fraught with obstacles, experts say, with the hoped-for two-state solution a long way off.

In Gaza, UN chief pledges to stand by Palestinians

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in the Gaza Strip Tuesday and met members of the Palestinian unity government. He said his organisation stands with the Palestinian people.

Israel says UK Palestine vote undermines peace prospects
Israel says UK Palestine vote undermines peace prospects

Israel warned Tuesday that a vote by British parliament in favour of recognising a Palestinian state risked undermining the prospects for peace.

Israel to lift Gaza siege after Hamas ''neutralised''

 Israel would lift the eight-year blockade on the Gaza Strip only after the Islamist group of Hamas is "neutralised", President Reuven Rivlin has told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Donors pledge $5.4 billion for Gaza reconstruction

India has promised USD four million in the total USD 5.4 billion aid that the global donors have pledged at a donor conference here aimed at raising funds for rebuilding Gaza Strip that was destroyed by its 50-day conflict with Israel.

Norway foreign minister: USD 5.4B pledged for Gaza

A donor conference in Cairo to raise money to rebuild the Gaza Strip after this year's war between Hamas and Israel ended with pledges of USD 5.4 billion for reconstruction there, Norway's foreign minister said on Sunday.

US offers additional $212-mn aid for Gaza

US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday announced an additional $212 million in assistance to Palestinian people at a donors' conference for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

Kerry arrives in Cairo for Gaza aid talks

Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Cairo early Sunday to lend US backing to a high-profile conference aiming to raise billions of dollars to help rebuild the devastated Gaza Strip.

Palestinian unity government holds first Gaza meeting

The Palestinian unity government held its first ever meeting in the war-ravaged Gaza Strip on Thursday as its rival factions presented a common front ahead of a major donors` conference.

Israel must play role in rebuilding Gaza: US

Israel must play a role in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, a top US official said Wednesday ahead of key donor talks in Cairo, also pressing all sides to agree a lasting ceasefire.

500 Gazans visit Jerusalem first time in seven years

 About 500 Palestinians from Gaza over 60 years old visited Jerusalem Sunday to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city for the first time in seven years, officials said.

Sweden to recognize Palestinian state

Sweden's new prime minister said on Friday that his government will recognize a Palestinian state, a move that drew praise from Palestinian officials.

Abbas to seek USD 4 billion for Gaza reconstruction

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will ask for USD 4 billion for reconstruction in Gaza following the recent 50-day war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Palestinian govt calls for USD 4 bn for Gaza reconstruction

The Palestinian government on Thursday in a reconstruction plan for Gaza ahead of an October 12 donor conference called for USD 4 billion to rebuild the war-battered territory.

Netanyahu slams White House on settlements criticism

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at the White House after Washington criticised Israeli plans to build thousands more settler homes in east Jerusalem, Israeli media reported on Thursday.

Making bombs into flower vases: Remnants of war become art in Gaza

Four flower vases adorn the living room of Hossam al-Dabbus`s home. Initially inconspicuous, a closer look reveals they are made of Israeli tank shells collected by war-scarred Gazans.