South Africa must use its influence to take down the ineffective quartet and reach a two-state solution, writes Bongie Mcakuvana.
We present some of the most outstanding photographs shot across the world this week, from the Gaza Strip and Israel to Mexico and the Congo.
US President Barack Obama on Sunday said it was "preferable" for the Gaza crisis to be ended without a "ramping up" of Israeli military action.
An Iranian lawmaker has denied his country had supplied Palestinian Islamist militants with missiles capable of hitting Israel's commercial centre.
Palestinian elections due on January 24 were effectively cancelled on Thursday after the independent electoral commission recommended postponement.
In the Gaza Strip Richard Goldstone's name is sewn on to souvenir Palestinian headscarves in honour of his controversial war inquiry.
Amnesty said in a report on Tuesday that Israeli restrictions prevent Palestinians from receiving enough water in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The UN Human Rights Council has endorsed a report that accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, passing a resolution that singled it out for censure.
Hamas on Thursday asked for more time to consider a unity deal and demanded that it include a clause on the right to resist Israeli occupation.
A radical Islamist sheikh was among 22 people killed and 120 hurt when Hamas police stormed a Gaza mosque, emergency services said on Saturday.
The audience in the Gaza Strip cheered as the actor delivered the movie's most memorable line. "To kill Israeli soldiers is to worship Gog."
Israel rejects charges that its January invasion of the Gaza Strip inflicted civilian death and destruction on an unjustifiable scale.