Israel has cancelled its last release of Palestinian prisoners because of the Palestinians' push for recognition at the United States, Israel's chief negotiator said. Tzipiz Livni said the decision to seek accessions through the UN violated the terms set for the prisoners' release.
The impasses over the prisoners throws further doubts about the outcome of the US-led peace negotiations. The talks had been scheduled to last until the end of the month, but both sides appear to be wavering.
For the families of those Palestinians due for release, the decision brings fresh heartache as their hopes are dashed at the last minute. Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports.
The Israeli army says it has seized a large shipment of munitions being sent from Iran to Palestinian groups on the Gaza Strip.
An Israeli Defence Forces Twitter account shared the following images:
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The Prime Minister has cancelled his trip to Israel and Palestine scheduled for next week.
In a press conference David Cameron said: "Nothing is more important than dealing with these floods."
Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank celebrated the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Saturday.
In Gaza, crowds gathered to burn pictures of Sharon, and hand out sweets.
Women ululated while others stamped a photograph of Sharon into the ground.
Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards reaching a framework peace agreement but they are not there yet, US Secretary of State John Kerry has told reporters.
Kerry was speaking after about three hours of talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the West Bank.
Kerry is on his tenth trip to the region in the past year as he seeks to secure a peace deal. He said he would visit Saudi Arabia on Sunday to discuss the talks with King Abdullah.
Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal that set in motion the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
The decision to release the 26 has triggered anguish and anger in Israel, where many view the men as terrorists who have committed terrible crimes against Israelis.
But there were celebrations on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, where the prisoners are seen as heroes who fought for independence, and were received by their families and Palestinian leaders.
The release was part of an agreement brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry that brought Israel and the Palestinians back to the table for peace talks that had been paralysed since 2008.
A group of Israeli soldiers who were filmed dancing to Gangnam Style with Palestinians while on patrol in the West Bank have been disciplined by their superiors.
The Israeli military said it considered the incident "serious" and added: "The soldiers exposed themselves to unnecessary danger and were disciplined accordingly".
The footage, posted on YouTube and aired on Israeli TV, showed the armed soldiers in uniform dancing hand in hand and on the shoulders of Palestinian partygoers in Hebron, a common flashpoint for violence in the conflict.
One YouTube commenter suggested the soldiers should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has held a "very frank" phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to keep the move towards Middle East peace on track.
Mr Kerry said he held a "very frank and open, direct discussion of (Israel's announced new) settlements" that Palestinian negotiators said had threatened to "undermine" talks, which are set to resume tomorrow in Jerusalem.
He also spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who he said was "committed to continue to come to this negotiation," despite the building of 1,000 new apartments in Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.