Israeli troops in the West Bank arrested more than 30 senior Hamas members Thursday, the army said, including a Cabinet minister, legislators and mayors.
Hamas militants fired a barrage of rockets toward Israel on Tuesday and said they considered a five-month truce with Israel to have come to an end.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on April 15 that he is willing to talk with representative of Arab States to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, local daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on its website.
Arab leaders will formally relaunch a five-year-old initiative on Thursday to trade peace for land and end the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Israel has agreed to resume face-to-face talks with a moderate Palestinian leader who is sharing power with Islamic Hamas militants.
US made its first contact with the new Hamas-Fatah coalition Tuesday, ending a yearlong diplomatic boycott of the Palestinian government.
Rival factions signed a power-sharing accord, agreeing that Hamas would head a new coalition government that would "respect" peace agreements with Israel.
Israeli Vice Premier says that Israel does not intend to use military force against Iran, which Israel suspects is building nuclear bombs.
Israel and Syria have reached understandings on a future peace deal between the two countries following a series of secret talks between its representatives, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Tuesday.
Israel has approved a new settlement in the West Bank, breaking a promise to the US to halt home construction in the Palestinian territories.
Visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Monday said that she accepted the idea of a Palestinian state.
The new UN Human Rights Council said it will hold a third special session Wednesday on Israel, focusing on alleged rights abuses in Gaza.