Middle East conflict

Smoke rises after a building is hit by an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip. (SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S., U.N. Announce Deal On 12-Hour Gaza Cease-Fire

Humanitarian cease-fire begins Friday; organizers hope it will lead to peace talks.

07/31/2014

The Israel Defense Forces have declared their “mission accomplished” as they withdraw their ground forces on Tuesday for a three-day cease-fire in Gaza. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Poll: Twice As Many Americans Blame Hamas For Gaza Violence Than Israel

Amid calls for a cease-fire in in the Gaza Strip, more than twice as many Americans say that Hamas (40 percent) is responsible for the current violence in comparison to just 19 percent who blame Israel.

07/29/2014

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