A newspaper poll indicated that 53 percent of Likud party supporters favor talks with Islamist Hamas under certain conditions. Overall, 57 percent of Israelis back the idea.
Venezuela's fans cheer during their U-20 World Cup Group B soccer match against Spain at the al-Salam Stadium in al-Obour, Egypt, on Thursday.
In an interview, Baraah Malki – one of the first of 20 female Palestinian prisoners to be released by Israel in exchange for a video of kidnapped soldier Shalit – talks about her time in prison.
The swap boosts hopes on both sides that a broader prisoner-exchange deal could free Sergeant Shalit and end Israel's blockade of Gaza.
Israel has agreed to release 20 female Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a video of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who is being held in Gaza.
Hamas agreed 'in principle' to an Egyptian proposal Monday that would give Palestinians a united front in peace talks with Israel.
Its support base dropped to 19 percent after the war; many blame the Hamas-Fatah standoff for their plight. Egypt hosts the rivals for a final round of reconciliation talks July 25.
The former president met with Israeli settlers as well as top Hamas leaders on a week-long tour of the region that wrapped up Tuesday in Gaza.