There are theories among Israelis and Palestinians about what has propelled the two sides towards their second war in four years.
African migrants chosen for deportation from Israel are nervously awaiting a knock on the door or a tap on the shoulder to begin their departure.
Israel has begun rounding up African migrants in the first stage of an "emergency plan" to deport thousands deemed a threat to the Jewish character.
A major forest fire killed at least 40 people in northern Israel on Thursday, including prison guard cadets trapped in a bus.
Israel and the Palestinians were waiting on Friday to study the wording of a US statement inviting them to start direct talks on a peace treaty.
Mahmoud Abbas faced a wave of anger on Wednesday from Palestinians who accuse him of selling out the national cause in favour of Israel.
The first congress in 20 years of Fatah that would seal a future peace pact with Israel was in danger on Friday of fizzling out in discord.
Israel rejects charges that its January invasion of the Gaza Strip inflicted civilian death and destruction on an unjustifiable scale.
Serbia's neighbours in Croatia, Hungary and Bulgaria dealt a blow to the Serb campaign to overturn Kosovo's month-old independence on Wednesday by announcing they would recognise the new republic. In a joint statement issued in Zagreb, Budapest and Sofia, they said the decision was based on "thorough consideration".
Europe's biggest states recognised the independence of Kosovo on Monday, ending hours of suspense after Prime Minister Hashim Thaci assured his new republic that Western recognition would come "any minute". France was first to announce its move after a European Union foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels.