Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad fired rockets on Israel Tuesday in retaliation for an Israeli strike on its members in the West Bank.
In Israel, the media focused on possible breakthroughs in which the US played no role, highlighting low expectations for Rice's trip.
Three Fulbright scholars are waiting to see if Israel will allow them to leave Gaza to study in the United States.
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.
Sixty roadblocks have been removed in the Palestinian territory, but critics say that isn't enough to improve life in the West Bank.
Yohannes Lemma Bayu provides practical aid for what the government recently called a 'tsunami' of African asylum seekers
Israel agreed Sunday to dismantle 50 West Bank roadblocks after talks with Secretary of State Rice.
Cairo is working hard for a cease-fire, partly to curb Iran's growing clout.
In the West Bank Tuesday, Secretary Rice urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not be the only issue on his visit to Israel.