Campaigners have called for next year’s contest to be boycotted.
Mahmoud Abbas met President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney today.
Israel did not confirm the ceasefire, which supposedly came into effect at midnight.
Mary Lou McDonald has said that the Israeli Ambassador should “pack his bags and go” after recent deaths in the Gaza Strip.
59 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem.
55 Palestinians - including children under 16 - killed by Israeli troops as US opens its new embassy in Jerusalem
The surge in fatalities led South Africa to recall its ambassador in Israel “with immediate effect until further notice”.
The Israeli military confirmed the authenticity of the video today.
The protests are in support of refugees, including those in the Palestinian enclave who want to return to their former homes.
Benjamin Netanyahu called Israel’s soldiers “the most moral army in the world”.
The bombing was carried out by a suspected jihadist who rammed a checkpoint with his explosives-packed vehicle.
The Seanad is now calling on the Dáil to do the same.
Around 60 airstrikes have been carried out by Israeli forces today. The US says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked for fresh help brokering a ceasefire.
Also hit was a Hamas-run television and radio station.
Eight children were killed earlier when a missile slammed into a public playground at a refugee camp.
The Tánaiste said that “viable ceasefire” is needed in the Middle East after a weekend of violence.
Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said he registered the Government’s strong concern that over Israel’s ground operation.
The Israeli soldier is the second Israeli to die in the fighting, while 260 Palestinians have been killed.
Israel has agreed to a five hour ceasefire, at least 220 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza.
Earlier today Israel accepted the Egyptian peace deal while Hamas rejected it.
Around 1,500 people turned out for today’s solidarity march, as the two sides in the Gaza conflict continued to trade fire.
President Obama said the US would “facilitate a cessation of hostilities”.
The deaths bring to 70 the number of Palestinians killed since Tuesday.
The death toll has risen since Israel began air strikes on the region.
Air strikes by the Israeli military are continuing today, leaving scores injured.
The photo of the party’s newest member was taken when the former Fianna Fáil TD visited Syria in 2009 and has re-emerged online in recent days.
The decision was made after demonstrators angry at aid cuts stormed a UN depot.
The veteran Democratic senator will succeed Hillary Clinton in the new year provided he is confirmed by his colleagues in the senate.
The general assembly last night voted overwhelmingly to give Palestine non-member observer state status.
There had been rumours that Barak planned to form a new political party but he has now announced his intention to leave politics altogether.
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Israel is pushing for a long-term solution to the crisis as attacks on both sides of the Gaza border continued overnight.
The images, taken earlier this morning, show soldiers asleep on military tanks, reading holy books and doing other everyday tasks such as brushing their teeth.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this morning that Israel is “extracting a heavy price from Hamas and the terror organisations”.
Israeli said the death of Ahmed Jabari was the beginning of an operation to target militant groups throughout the Gaza Strip.
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The Egyptian military sent more tanks and armoured vehicles to Sinai in an unprecedented campaign to capture or kill Islamic militants behind an attack on an army outpost that killed 16 soldiers on in early August.
Palestinian woman Hana Shalabi was on hunger strike for 43 days to protest against Israel’s policy of “administrative detention”. She must remain in the Gaza Strip for three years.
Violence flared last week after Israel killed a militant commander in Gaza. In response, Palestinians fired rockets into areas along the border.