A brief overview of the recent developments in the region:
- Israel successfully launched the Ofek 16 spy satellite into the space from Palmachim base;
- Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, announced his was ready for negotiations with Israel on the basis of United Nations resolutions and under the auspices of the international Quartet;
- In response to 3 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, Israeli fighter jets twice targeted a Palestinian watchtower in the Zaytoun area east of the Gaza Strip.
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