President Sarkozy's launches his project Sunday of building a 44-state union in the region.
Israel's cabinet approved a controversial prisoner swap of 'terrorists' to recover two soldiers abducted in 2006.
The prime minister skirted a vote to dissolve Israel's parliament by agreeing to allow a September primary election within his centrist Kadima Party.
Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad fired rockets on Israel Tuesday in retaliation for an Israeli strike on its members in the West Bank.
The exercise involved more than 100 jet fighters, helicopters, and air-refueling tankers, according to a new report.
The temporary cease-fire deal bids to end attacks from Gaza militants and the Israeli army and improve life in the impoverished coastal strip.