Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered no permanent damage from a mild stroke and will be released from the hospital on Tuesday, his doctors said on Monday. Although Sharon is expected to make a full recovery, the illness raised questions about his ability to lead the country.
The Israeli government is considering moving up its mid-August withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, senior government officials said on Thursday, after a three-day mass protest against the pull-out tied up tens of thousands of security forces. The evacuation originally was to have begun in mid-July.
Israel was not warned about possible terror attacks in London before at least six blasts ripped through the city, Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom said on Thursday. A foreign ministry official had said earlier that British police warned the Israeli embassy in London of possible terror attacks minutes before the first explosion.
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas expressed satisfaction on Wednesday after United States President George Bush warned Israel against expanding any of its settlements in the occupied territories. Bush warned Israel that there could be ''no expansion'' of settlements in Palestinian territories under the US-backed road map to Middle East peace.