The violence between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in Gaza escalated on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Israeli military is continuing to hit militant targets in Gaza. Anchor Aaron Schachter speaks with the BBC's Paul Danahar in Gaza for the latest.
Anchor Aaron Schachter talks to Steven Cook, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about what is at stake in Israel's neighboring countries, in light of the new conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Rachel Corrie, an American student, went to the Gaza Strip in 2003 to protest Israel's destruction of Palestinian homes. She died in the protest. A court in Israel on Tuesday ruled that the driver of the bulldozer that ran her over was unable to see her and therefore isn't liable for her death.
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.
There's more trouble unfolding this week in Egypt, as its newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, confronts violence on the Sinai Peninsula. The emerging crisis has become one of the biggest tests for Morsi's two-month-old presidency.
At first glance, the Palestinian economy appears to be booming: People are out on the streets, and small shops are packed. But the territory is under Israeli military control, and heavily dependent upon international aid.
Egypt this week moved to block access to the country from the Gaza Strip in the wake of an assault on an Egyptian border station over the weekend. The attackers attempted to flee into Israel but were halted by the Israeli Air Force.