Sana Haraz, 48, holds a photograph of her husband, who is jailed in Israel, at her home in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. Haraz's husband Nafez was jailed by Israel 24 years ago for killing an Israeli citizen in 1982. She hopes that her husband will be released as a part of a prisoner swap with Israel in exchange for Hamas militants freeing captured soldier Sgt. Gilad Schalit, seized three years ago in a crossborder raid. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Background on Israel's ongoing conflict with militant groups.
The Obama administration hailed the Israeli government's announcement Wednesday that it intends to temporarily halt residential construction in Palestinian areas of the West Bank, even though the plan falls short of the administration's demand for a full freeze and Palestinian officials rejected ...
JERUSALEM, Sept. 30 -- Kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is alive, according to a newly recorded videotape that will be provided to Israel by the Islamist Hamas movement in return for Israel's release of 20 Palestinian women prisoners, government officials said.