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.
On his second trip to Israel, President Bush will address the issue of settlement building and try to push for progress on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In the West Bank Tuesday, Secretary Rice urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.
President Abbas halted negotiations Sunday. Secretary of State Rice arrives this week.
Al-Masri's new Palestine Forum reflects public desire to reconcile Hamas and Fatah.
A series of rocket attacks have spurred calls in the Israeli government for an invasion of Gaza.
An Israeli defense official said 'targeted assassinations' may be used to respond to the increase in attacks.