Mortar shell marks seen on a wall
Mortar shell marks seen on a wall as a person closes a broken window of his house in a community along the Israel Gaza border, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Photo by AP
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Israel is preparing for a series of offensive measures against Hamas and the other Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip, amid continued fire from the coastal enclave into the Negev. Among other options, Israeli officials are considering such moves as targeting prominent militants as well as a systematic attack on Gaza's infrastructures and Hamas institutions in the Strip.

Kidneys, Karaites, Crohn’s disease and ketubot: The offerings at the annual Jewish General Assembly's marketplace range from the ridiculous to the sublime. But it’s not always easy telling which is which.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai has asked the state to reimburse him NIS 326,000 for preparing his reply to the state comptroller's report accusing him of bearing much of the responsibility for the worst forest fire in Israel's history - 16 times the maximum amount set by the treasury for reimbursement of this kind.

While most other countries in the world have made significant strides promoting gender equality in recent years, Israel has been sliding backward, according to the World Economic Forum's latest annual global gender gap index published last month, which shows Israel dropped to 56th place out of 135 countries, a decline of 21 places since 2006.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent estimates that 2.5 million people are internally displaced within Syria by civil war, doubling the previous figure of 1.2 million used by aid agencies, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Work began Tuesday to open Yasser Arafat's grave, ahead of exhuming his body in an attempt to determine the cause of his death, a senior official on the committee investigating the 2004 demise of the former Palestinian president said.

In a farewell column concluding 35 years at Haaretz, Akiva Eldar urges Israelis to keep the two-state solution alive.

China said on Tuesday it supports the Palestinian bid for UN observer status, with a vote on the matter at the United Nations later this month. China has traditionally had close relations with the Palestinians, but in recent years also has had good ties with Israel, especially in the field of defense.