A gathering of Nobel Prize Winners in Jordan will be the venue for an historic meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert. The organisers said the Palestinian President and Israeli Prime Minister will have breakfast with King Abdullah the Second this morning, but bi-lateral talks are not scheduled.
However, during the course of an interview, Abbas claimed there were signs that the militant group Hamas could be about to acknowledge Israel as a state. Meanwhile, a senior UN official has renewed a plea for an end to Israeli air strikes against the Palestinian territories.
Palestinians have warned that the attacks would fuel more violence, but Israel says they are necessary to stop the cross-border rocket attacks launched from Gaza. Two Palestinians were killed and 13 wounded in the latest of a series of botched Israeli missile strikes against militants in Gaza.
Bystanders in the militant stronghold of Khan Younis say the target was a nearby car, but the shell landed on a house instead, killing the occupants. It brings to 14 the number of Palestinians to die in recent days. More than 170 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel in the past month.