Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held talks on Tuesday to prepare for a US-sponsored Middle East conference.
An Israel helicopter fired three missiles at the disused control tower at Gaza's defunct airport Tuesday, Hamas officials said, adding that there were no casualties.
The Israeli military said
Iraq's political crisis worsened Monday as five more ministers announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings - leaving the embattled prime minister's unity government with no members affiliated with Sunni political factions.
Israel's Education Ministry said Sunday it was offering a new textbook for Arab third-graders acknowledging for the first time that the creation of the Jewish state was a tragedy for Palestinians.
Bush said he would call Israel, the Palestinians and others in the region to a peace conference aimed at restarting talks and moving faster toward a Palestinian state.
The 22-country Arab League will send envoys on a historic first mission to Israel this week to discuss a sweeping Arab peace initiative.
Israel's prime minister promised Monday to free 250 Palestinian prisoners and promised to improve life in the West Bank.
Israel agreed to release funds to Palestinian President Abbas, a day before the moderate leader planned to meet the heads of Egypt, Israel and Jordan in a summit.
Bush and Olmert sided emphatically Tuesday with Abbas, hoping extra money would give him primacy over the Islamic militant Hamas in the newly divided Palestinian territories.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that his country would be a "genuine partner" of a new Palestinian government and promised to consider releasing hundreds of millions of dollars in frozen tax funds.
Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday said the world would witness the destruction of Israel soon, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
Hamas militants wounded four soldiers in a mortar attack on a base near the Gaza Strip on June 3, shortly after Israel's prime minister vowed to press ahead with military operations against Palestinian gunmen.