The Islamist militant group has controlled the coastal strip for a year now and says it will not relent to international pressure.
Mobile phone service in Gaza Strip and the West Bank could spur investment – and bolster prospects for peace.
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.'
The third annual Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival showcases the growing cultural split between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
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.
Cairo is working hard for a cease-fire, partly to curb Iran's growing clout.