A nation bid a controversial leader goodbye on Sunday as preparations are made for Ariel Sharon's funeral at his family home on Monday.
The Australian government might join the US and Guatemala in moving its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said. Rivals accused him of a "desperate" ploy to sway Jewish voters.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended plans to demolish a Bedouin village in the West Bank amid international concern. The ICC has warned that evacuating Khan al-Ahmar could constitute a war crime.
The Israeli defense minister said a crippling strike against the Gaza-ruling Islamist group is the only way to reduce violence. With a growing army presence near the Israeli-Gaza border, that option is becoming likely.
The Palestinian president has said the US decision undermined the two-state solution to its conflict with Israel. Abbas also said the Palestinians will not accept a "biased" US as the sole mediator in the peace process.
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