The World's Matthew Bell reports that the Israeli government has announced new Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank. The announcement came after five members of an Israeli family were stabbed to death over the weekend in a West Bank settlement.
At first glance, the Palestinian economy appears to be booming: People are out on the streets, and small shops are packed. But the territory is under Israeli military control, and heavily dependent upon international aid.
U.S. presidents often talk of their hope to find peace in the Middle East and they practically always talk about their support for Israel's security. But on the ground there, expectations are much lower. And perhaps with good reason.
Former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon has died after spending nearly eight years in a coma that followed a stroke. Sharon was highly controversial — both loved and hated. And few individuals in recent memory have had as much of an influence on the recent history of the Middle East.
For years the Arab world was inspired by scenes of the Palestinian intifada. But now many in the West Bank say it's unlikely that Palestinians will be inspired to protest by the waves of unrest sweeping the Arab world. Daniel Estrin reports from Ramalla