They may be talking peace in Jerusalem, but Israel and the Palestinians are still fighting in Gaza. Israeli forces killed at least eleven people, including the son of a prominent Hamas leader. Tanks and soldiers went in to eastern Gaza City hunting militants who fire rockets over the border into Israel.
Senior Hamas member Mahmoud al-Zahar has now seen two sons killed by Israel. He blamed American meddling in the Middle East: “This is one of the results of the Bush visit, he encouraged the Israelis to kill the Palestinian people, and we are going to defend ourself by all means.”
Israel pulled its troops and settlers out of Gaza in 2005, but frequently mounts raids to stop cross-border rocket attacks.
In Israel itself, a Palestinian sniper killed a kibbutz volunteer as he worked in fields near the border fence. He had come to Israel from Ecuador, and was just 20 years old.