Hamas officials in Egypt Monday considered terms of a possible 'tahadiyeh,' or calming, in recent fighting with Israel even as violence flared on both sides of the border.
At the Knesset on Thursday, the president spoke in visionary terms of Israel's future, saying that the core of the current regional conflict 'was an ancient battle between good and evil.'
Palestinian officials met in Egypt Tuesday to hammer out possible terms for a six-month truce between the Islamist militants and Israel.
Israel agreed Sunday to dismantle 50 West Bank roadblocks after talks with Secretary of State Rice.
In the West Bank Tuesday, Secretary Rice urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.
A series of rocket attacks have spurred calls in the Israeli government for an invasion of Gaza.
An Israeli defense official said 'targeted assassinations' may be used to respond to the increase in attacks.
The Palestinian attack on Monday has prompted many to say the wall should extend to the border between Israel and Egypt.