Rocket fired from Gaza lands near Ashkelon

(JTA) – A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in southern Israel.

The rocket fired Tuesday evening landed in an open area near Ashkelon, causing no damage or injuries, according to the Israeli military.

No group claimed responsibility, though Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from the coastal strip.

The Code Red rocket alert siren sounded in Ashkelon and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council before the attack.


Palestinians show growing support for two-state solution, poll finds

(JTA) – A small and nearly equal majority of Israelis and Palestinians back a two-state solution, a new poll shows, but the Palestinians’ support is rising.

Support among Israelis is at 53 per cent, a decline of two percentage points since December, and at 52 per cent among Palestinians both in the West Bank and Gaza, an increase of eight points, according to the Palestinian-Israeli Pulse: A Joint Poll published Monday. [Read more…]


Middle East Quartet, in first Trump-era statement, expresses concerns about Gaza

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The first meeting of the co-ordinating body that oversees Middle East peace since U.S. President Donald Trump took office expressed its concerns over the “worsening humanitarian situation” in the Gaza Strip.

The Middle East Quartet, which represents the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union, met Thursday in Jerusalem to discuss current efforts to advance peace in the region. [Read more…]