Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed his country will not tolerate the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli terrority. He has even threatened to expand operations despite warnings from regional leaders.
In a raid on a ship allegedly bound for the Gaza Strip, the Israeli navy has seized rockets it claims to be from Iran. Israel said the weapons were destined for Palestinian militants, adding the evidence was "clear cut."
US President Barack Obama and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Monday (03.03.2014) to discuss Iran and the Middle East. Their positions have hardened, but movement on Israel's settlement policy seems possible.
German Chancellor and most of her ministers have arrived in Israel for two days of joint cabinet talks. Flying separately from Madrid, Germany's foreign minister has criticized Israel's settlements policy.
The German cabinet has met its Israeli counterpart for the fifth German-Israeli government consultations. But the relationship between the two countries has become more difficult - rightly so, says Bettina Marx.
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