Israeli officials have criticized a reconciliation deal between the rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas. Under the agreement, an interim Palestinian government will be formed and a date fixed for elections. Matthew Bell reports.
Gaza Strip residents have struggled to get fuel for their vehicles because of a variety of factors that have led to a severe shortage of gasoline and diesel. Perhaps worse, though, the only power plant in Gaza runs on diesel so a fuel shortage has meant 18 hours a day without electricity.
Palestinians are expected to ask for recognition of statehood from the United Nations in September. But as The World's Matthew Bell reports, activists are divided on whether that would actually lead to the statehood Palestinians so desperately desire.
Palestinian prisoners agree to end their hunger strike after winning significant concessions from the Israeli government. Some 1,500 prisoners were demanding better conditions in jail and an end to administrative detention.
In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, women and human rights groups are demanding that Palestinian leaders do more to stop violence against women. The call comes in the wake of a murder in Bethlehem last week that has shocked the Palestinian public. Activists hope the case will raise awareness of domestic violence.
Palestine's economy suffers under the weight of the long-running Israeli occupation. And while it's resumed growth, that growth is tied to foreign aid. Economists say to achieve true stability, it needs a vibrant private sector economy -- and that requires a peace agreement with Israel.