Rocket attacks near the Israeli towns of Sderot and Eilat have raised concerns of escalating Israel-Hamas tensions. But while Hamas could be a potential spoiler in peace talks, it also has an interest in avoiding a fresh clash.
The mood is tense in Gaza after Israeli airstrikes in response to Palestinian rocket attacks injured scores and killed a top Hamas commander. Analysts say Hamas launched the attacks to scuttle direct peace talks.
Sderot, Israel, was practically a ghost town a year ago, as daily rocket attacks from Gaza drove residents away. Today, it's rebuilding and its residents are looking toward 2010 with some hope.
Former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, now leader of Israel's opposition party, unveiled a new peace plan Sunday – and aspirations of replacing Netanyahu.
Israel's offensive in Gaza largely stopped the Hamas rocket fire. But residents are reluctant to let down their guard.
Isolated by Israel and alienated by Hamas, they see little room for constructive lives in a society that is disintegrating.
Israelis and Palestinians question the credibility and effectiveness of 'unprecedented' public hearings about last January's attacks.
In Sderot, Purim holiday fun masks stresses of rocket attacks from Gaza militants.
Israeli groups that focus on Jewish and Arab coexistence are just beginning to wrestle with the fallout from the Gaza war.