On his second trip to Israel, President Bush will address the issue of settlement building and try to push for progress on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ashkelon, an Israeli city 11 miles north of Gaza, has become a new target for Palestinian rocket fire.
President Abbas halted negotiations Sunday. Secretary of State Rice arrives this week.
A series of rocket attacks have spurred calls in the Israeli government for an invasion of Gaza.
In an interview, key Hamas strategist Mahmoud Zahar discusses how his movement has been preparing for a potentially imminent Israeli assault on Gaza.
A visit to a rocketmaker shows a reliance on very basic materials. The range of rockets fired at Israel has slowly been growing.
Ahead of President Bush's trip to the Middle East, Israel intensifies operations in Gaza and the West Bank.