Israel has intensified its bombing of Gaza, destroying the headquarters of the Hamas government in the city and dozens of other buildings. A ground offensive might be imminent
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he has to choose between peace with Israel or Hamas. It comes after Hamas and Fatah agreed to a unity government.
The leaders of the Palestinian Hamas and Fatah factions are expected to meet in Gaza in an attempt to finalize reconciliation efforts and to pave the way for elections.
The Palestinian Authority has unveiled plans to explore for oil in the West Bank, which it says is a key step toward developing the local economy and gaining independence from Israel.
The Obama administration is reassessing its mediating role in the Middle East peace process after seeing little progress. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who had brokered talks, has drawn criticism for his role.
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