The armed conflict in Palestine, born out of weeks of tensions which followed the kidnapping and the subsequent murder of three Israeli teenagers and the killing of a Palestinian teen apparently done as an act of vengeance, continues to escalate, despite the repeated urgings by the UN and the US to cease hostilities. After airstrikes and bombardments from sea failed to stop the repeated rocket attacks by Palestinian militants, Israeli ground forces launched a major offensive which already resulted in significant civilian casualties.
Tobias Ellwood stressed that settlements were illegal under international law and such initiatives complicated the issue of the disputed territory.
A Palestinian missile launched from the northern Gaza Strip hit on Wednesday the Israeli city of Sderot, prompting the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to open retaliatory fire, The Times of Israel reported.
Arab members of the Knesset protested Washington's position because the US' words do not meet the actions, a deputy speaker said. He said Russia should play a more significant role in the resolution of the crisis.
Replacing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a one-state variant would create a lot of problems both for the Palestinians and the Israeli citizens, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.
The Israel Defense Forces shot down a drone launched by the Hamas movement over the Gaza Strip.
Israeli servicemen on Tuesday killed a Palestinian, after he tried to attack them with a knife near the city of Hebron, The Times of Israel reported.
An Israeli soldier was stabbed on Saturday near the Tel Rumeda neighborhood in the West Bank city of Hebron by a Palestinian attacker, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The German Foreign Office expressed concern over Israel's settlement construction policy in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Russia is ready to host direct talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestine's leader Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi said in an interview that is expected to be published on Monday.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) arrest some 4,300 Palestinians annually for crossing into the country from the West Bank, IDF chief Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said at a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday.
The Hamas Islamist group denies Israeli accusations of "exploiting" the UN resources in Gaza following an arrest of UN employee on terrorism-related charges, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas reportedly refused to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
Palestine has no expectations on the progress of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as Israel rejects all peace initiatives that have been proposed, Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal told Sputnik on Tuesday.
Israeli self-defense forces have levelled a Palestinian house in the occupied West Bank after its owner was killed while on a stabbing rampage in Tel Aviv two months ago, Israeli media said Tuesday.
Palestine did not expect any "magic results" from the international meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian settlement in Paris, but thought it could trigger a process to restart the negotiations between the conflicting sides, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki told Sputnik on Wednesday.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki said the international community would have to ask the UN Security Council to take measures if Israel tried to disrupt the French initiative on the Israel-Palestine conflict settlement
The EU will not object Egyptian initiative in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Friday.
In case of the Palestinian state creation, one of the Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition partners promised to leave the government.
The Palestinian ambassador to Russia accused the Israeli government of attempts to derail the international ministerial meeting on Israeli-Palestinian peace scheduled for June 3.
Israel is ready to discuss the Arab Peace Initiative to reach a settlement of the conflict with Palestine, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
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