Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: reported to have told his aides that Israel’s call for the demilitarisation of Gaza “doesn’t appear to be attainable in either the short term or the long term”. Photograph: Reuters/Baz Ratner

Israel risks abrogating the Gaza ceasefire agreement if the government does not send an envoy to Cairo for negotiations slated to begin this month,(...)

Israeli justice  minister  Tzipi Livni:   “We took a place that was not controversial and turned it into a place that was controversial.”  Photograph:  Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s doveish justice minister Tzipi Livni has criticised the government’s decision to appropriate a large swath of West Bank land near Bethlehem, (...)

No victors in Gaza

After fifty days of fighting and more than 2100 dead in Gaza, both Israel and Hamas are claiming victory following this week’s announcement of an inde(...)

Palestinians take cover as smoke rises after Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the Al-Shatea refugee camp in the west of Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Israel has expanded its military attacks in Gaza and is now targeting high-rise residential buildings where it says rockets have been launched or stor(...)

Hamas militants grab Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, before executing them in Gaza City on Friday. Photogtaph: Reuters/Stringer

International and Palestinian human rights organisations have condemned yesterday’s killing, by Hamas, of 21 suspected informants in response to Israe(...)

Roba Abu Shamallah, (centre), the daughter of Mohammed Abu Shamallah, mourns during a funeral for the senior Hamas figure, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, yesterday. Photograph: Wissam Nassar/The New York Times

Fierce cross-border attacks continued yesterday as Israel claimed a significant military success, killing two leading members of the Hamas military(...)

Palestinians bury the bodies of the wife of Mohammed Deif, Hamas’s military leader, and his infant son Ali, whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike, at a cemetery in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

Hundreds of Palestinians turned out yesterday for the funeral of the wife and son of the Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif, who were killed overnight(...)

Palestinians wait to receive food supplies from a United Nations food distribution center in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Egypt was desperately trying to salvage ceasefire efforts last night after Palestinian militants renewed rocket fire and Israeli air raids left a chil(...)

A plume of smoke  after what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City  today. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

A two-year-old Gaza girl and a woman were killed in an Israeli air strike today, making them the first Palestinian deaths in the conflict since the br(...)

After 28 days of fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas militants in Gaza, a ceasefire at last looks like holding and there are some indications th(...)