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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)
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)

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.


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Singer Leonard Cohen Caught Up in Israeli-Palestinian Rift (Post, September 24, 2009; 3:45 PM)

White House Rebukes Israel Over Plans to Approve New Housing in Settlements:  Israeli Leader's Plans For Expansion Before Freeze Decried by U.S. (Post, September 5, 2009)

Israel's Netanyahu Defends Planned Jewish Housing Development in East Jerusalem (Post, July 20, 2009)

Palestinian Authority Forces Clash With Hamas:  West Bank Battle Leaves Six Dead (Post, June 1, 2009)

Backers of Jewish Settlements Step Up Pressure on Netanyahu Over Demolition Plan (Post, May 28, 2009)

Israeli Parliament Approves Netanyahu as Prime Minister (Post, April 1, 2009)

Clinton Criticizes Israel's Eviction, Demolition Plans (Post, March 5, 2009)

As Constraints on Gaza Ease, New Reports of Misery (Post, January 22, 2009)

Israel Begins Pullout; Gazans Survey Debris:  Hamas Joins Truce but Warns of Renewed Fighting (Post, January 19, 2009)

Israelis Announce Cease-Fire In Gaza:  Olmert Declares Success; Hamas Vows to Fight On (Post, January 18, 2009)

Gaza War Generates Debate on Civilians:  Questions Reflect Asymmetry of Fight (Post, January 15, 2009)

Progress Reported in Gaza Truce Talks; Palestinian Toll Exceeds 1,000 (Post, January 15, 2009)

Offensive Unlikely to Put End to Hamas, Israel Says:  Group Is Weakened, Military Officials Assert; Goal Is to Apply Pressure and Force a Truce (Post, January 14, 2009)

Israel, Aid Groups Have Long Feuded:  Tensions Only Heightened by Gaza War (Post, January 14, 2009)

At Cairo Hospital, Injured Palestinians Increasingly Voice Support for Hamas (Post, January 14, 2009)

Israelis Push to Edge of Gaza City:  Move Could Signal A Long Urban Battle (Post, January 12, 2009)

Combat May Escalate In Gaza, Israel Warns:  Operation in Densely Packed City, Camps Weighed (Post, January 11, 2009)

The View From Israel: Victors in a Necessary War (Post, January 11, 2009)

Hamas Pulling Back Into Crowded Cities, Beckoning Israelis:  For Army, Pursuit Is Tempting but Risky (Post, January 8, 2009)

Red Cross Reports Grisly Find in Gaza:  Israel Accused of Blocking Aid to Wounded (Post, January 8, 2009)

At Main Gaza Hospital, a Scene of Chaotic Desperation:  Israel's Strategy Of Dividing the Strip Hinders Relief Efforts (Post, January 6, 2009)

Israel Rejects Intensified Push for Cease-Fire (Post, January 6, 2009)

Israeli Forces Enter Gaza Strip:  'This Will Not Be Easy or Short,' Top Official Says; Hamas Calls for Suicide Attacks (Post, January 4, 2009)

As It Continues Attacks on Gaza Strip, Israel Is Poised for a Long Fight:  Palestinian Deaths Near 300; Hamas Calls for Suicide Strikes (Post, December 29, 2008)

Israeli Warplanes Pound Gaza:  Hundreds Killed in Reprisal Airstrikes Targeting Hamas Security Facilities (Post, December 28, 2008)

Livni Abandons Effort to Form Israeli Coalition:  Foreign Minister Urges 2009 Elections (Post, October 27, 2008)

Gazans' Access To Care Faulted:  Israeli Interrogation Criticized in Report (Post, August 5, 2008)

Another Rampage in Jerusalem:  Palestinian Injures 16 in Reprise of July 2 Earthmover Attack (Post, July 23, 2008)

Gazan Rockets Threaten Truce:  Islamic Jihad Cites Israeli Operation in West Bank (Post, June 25, 2008)

In Gaza and Israel, a Wary Quiet:  As First Day of Cease-Fire Passes, Hamas Faces Questions About Intentions (Post, June 20, 2008)

Rice Urges Israel to Desist on Settlements:  Despite Expansion, Secretary Sees 'Chance' For Peace Deal in '08 (Post, June 16, 2008)

Born at the Dawn of a New State:  Two Men's Lives Reflect Divergent Fortunes of Jewish, Palestinian Peoples (Post, May 8, 2008)

2 Israeli Guards Killed at Plant Near West Bank Line (Post, April 26, 2008)

Bush Tells Palestinian Leader Peace Is Possible (Post, April 25, 2008)

Fighting Breaks Out in Gaza Strip:  18 Palestinians, 3 Israeli Soldiers Killed in Clashes (Post, April 17, 2008)

TWO ISRAELIS, SEVEN PALESTINIANS KILLED:  Gaza Fighters Attack Fuel Depot Inside Israel (Post, April 10, 2008)

Israel to Remove 50 West Bank Barriers:  Rice Calls Pledge 'a Very Good Start' (Post, March 31, 2008)

U.S. Urged to Push Hamas-Israel Truce:  Fatah's Abbas, Cheney Meet in West Bank (Post, March 24, 2008)

Cheney Focuses on Mideast Talks:  Meetings With Olmert, Abbas Aimed at Reinvigorating Process (Post, March 23, 2008)

Israel Mourns Eight Slain Students:  Thousands Attend Service for Victims of Gunman Described as Despondent Over Gaza (Post, March 8, 2008)

Gunman Kills Eight at Seminary in Jerusalem:  Attack Could Strain Already Faltering Peace Negotiations (Post, March 7, 2008)

Abbas Agrees to Resume Peace Talks With Israel; Monitoring Group to Meet (Post, March 6, 2008)

Abbas Stays Noncommittal on Peace Talks:  Rice Presses for Resumption 'Quickly'; Egypt Urges Cease-Fire by Israel, Hamas (Post, March 5, 2008)

Rice to Raise Humanitarian Issues With Israelis (Post, March 4, 2008)

Israel Pulls Ground Troops Out of Gaza:  Hamas Keeps Up Rocket Attacks (Post, March 4, 2008)

Palestinian President Suspends Peace Talks:  Deaths in Gaza Strip Top 100 As Israel Counters Rocket Fire (Post, March 3, 2008)

Strikes Destroy Ministry in Gaza, Kill 10 Palestinians:  Rocket Attacks By Hamas Leave One Israeli Dead (Post, February 28, 2008)

Hezbollah Chief Warns Israel of Wide War:  Fiery Speech Broadcast at Commander's Funeral; Elsewhere in Beirut, Slain Ex-Premier Is Remembered (Post, February 15, 2008)

Israel to Intensify Strikes If Rocket Fire Continues:  6 Gunmen, 1 Civilian Killed in Gaza Raid (Post, February 8, 2008)

High Court Affirms Plan To Reduce Power to Gaza (Post, January 31, 2008)

Israel Briefly Eases Grip on Gaza:  E.U., U.N. Allowed to Truck In Limited Supplies on Fifth Day of Blockade (Post, January 23, 2008)

Gazans Fear Crisis After Four Days of Blockade:  Israel Agrees to Single Shipment Of Fuel, Other Aid (Post, January 22, 2008)

Bush Alters Stand on Palestinians:  Compensation Backed to Address Refugee Issue; President Again Urges Israel to End 'Occupation' (Post, January 11, 2008)

On First Trip to Israel, Bush Hopes to Inject Vigor Into Peace Talks:  Escalating Violence Dampens Expectations (Post, January 8, 2008)

Israeli Attacks Kill 8 Palestinians (Post, January 3, 2008; 2:23 PM)

U.S. Withdraws Draft On Mideast at U.N.:  Move Seen as Blow to U.S. Ambassador (Post, December 1, 2007)

Moscow May Host Middle East Follow-Up:  Interest Growing in Talks On Israel-Syria Relations (Post, November 29, 2007)

Nearly 50 Parties Invited to Mideast Peace Talks Tuesday in Annapolis (Post, November 21, 2007)

Israel Takes Steps to Attract Arab States to Peace Talks (Post, November 20, 2007)

On the Road to Nowhere, Merchants Pay the Toll:  Fence Cuts Lifeline of West Bank Town (Post, October 21, 2007)

Rice Pushes Mideast Parties On Plan to Revive Peace Talks (Post, October 16, 2007)

Israel Declares Gaza 'Hostile Entity':  Security Cabinet Says It Will Cut Electricity, Fuel to Hamas Territory (Post, September 19, 2007; 4:22 PM)

Olmert, Abbas Discuss 'Core Issues' for Peace (Post, August 29, 2007)

Olmert, Abbas Hold 'Promising' Talks Ahead of Proposed Summit (Post, August 7, 2007)

Arab League Envoys Hold Talks in Israel:  Peace Initiative Is Focus of Historic Visit (Post, July 26, 2007)

Israel Releases 255 Palestinian Prisoners:  Move Is Intended to Boost Popularity of Fatah's Abbas (Post, July 21, 2007)

With Hamas Takeover, Tough Calls for Israel:  New Military, Human Questions in Gaza (Post, June 30, 2007)

Olmert, Abbas to Meet Arab Leaders:  Egypt Hosting Talks That Include Jordan but Exclude Hamas After Gaza Takeover (Post, June 22, 2007)

Hamas, Fatah Launch Separate Governments:  Split Deepens Between Gaza, West Bank (Post, June 16, 2007)

Hamas Bolsters Its Hold In Gaza:  Fatah Is Pressed To Abandon Posts (Post, June 14, 2007)

Former U.N. Envoy Chides U.S., Israel For Hamas Efforts (Post, June 14, 2007)

Bonded in Resistance to the Barrier:  Palestinian Villagers, Jewish Neighbors Warily Join Forces (Post, June 8, 2007)

Olmert Pledges More Attacks on Hamas (Post, May 27, 2007; 12:20 PM)

Israeli Airstrike Kills Five Hamas Gunmen:  2nd Palestinian Cabinet Minister Seized (Post, May 27, 2007)

Gaza Rocket Attack Kills an Israeli:  Officials Threaten Severe Reprisals Against Palestinian Fighters (Post, May 22, 2007)

Fatah Troops Enter Gaza With Israeli Assent:  Hundreds Were Trained in Egypt Under U.S.-Backed Program to Counter Hamas (Post, May 18, 2007)

Deadly Fighting Resumes Between Hamas and Fatah (Post, May 16, 2007)

Hamas Fires Missiles Into Israel (Post, April 25, 2007)

Palestinian Government Shows Strains as Interior Minister Seeks to Quit (Post, April 24, 2007)

Hamas Calls For Revenge In Killing of Palestinians:  Weekend Incidents Leave Nine Dead in Territories (Post, April 23, 2007)

Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Discuss Outlines of Statehood (Post, April 16, 2007)

Rice Presses Arab States on Peace Plan (Post, March 25, 2007)

Israel Rebuffs Palestinian Unity Government (Post, March 19, 2007)

Palestinian Legislators Approve Unity Cabinet:  Hamas, Fatah Diverge in Policy Remarks (Post, March 18, 2007)

Rice Looks Back for a Way Forward on Mideast Peace (Post, February 21, 2007)

Palestinians Riot at Jerusalem Shrine:  Protests Also Erupt In Cairo, Elsewhere Over Israeli Digging (Post, February 10, 2007)

Palestinian Suicide Bomber Kills 3 in Israeli Resort City (Post, January 30, 2007)

Abbas Rejects Concept of 'Temporary Borders':  Permanent State Favored Over Israeli-Backed Proposal, Rice Is Told at West Bank Meeting (Post, January 15, 2007)

Rice Begins Push In the Middle East:  Modest Goals Set for Peace Effort (Post, January 14, 2007)

Israeli Arrest Raid in West Bank Kills 4 Palestinians:  In Gaza, Hamas-Fatah Clashes Leave at Least 6 Dead; Olmert, Mubarak Meet (Post, January 5, 2007)

Palestinians Clash; Photographer Seized (Post, January 2, 2007)

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