With an impossible coalition of ministers who want to leave the West Bank and ministers who do not want to leave the West Bank, perhaps letting the people make the tough choices could be one way to keep the Israeli government from tearing itself apart.
In the heart of the West Bank, Israelis have started building a settlement. The area is where three Israeli teenagers were killed — allegedly by Hamas — back in June. While the settlers say this is a peaceful occupation, it may prove to be a roadblock during peace talks.
It’s a tale full of intrigue and danger. A Jewish group has bought 25 units in the predominately Arab area of East Jerusalem. Residents are incensed at both the Jews who occupied the homes and the Palestinians who sold the apartments. But no one is entirely sure who sold them or who bought them — or who’s moving in.
After the attack on a kosher market in Paris, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told French Jews that Israel is their home — and he wasn't alone. The country sent officials to Paris to help persuade French Jews to emigrate in the face of increasing threats.
In the last decade, Tel Aviv has been spared much of the rockets and sirens that are common for Israelis in the south and north. It escaped the worst violence of the second intifada last decade as well. But in recent days the bubble has been challenged by Hamas’ upgraded arsenal.
There's long been concern that the conflict in Syria could spill over into neighboring countries. Monday, Syrian mortar shells landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The World's Matthew Bell is in Jerusalem.
A bill under consideration by the Israeli Knesset would ban the use of loud speakers in religious ceremonies. Though it would apply uniformly across religions, most say it's targeting the call to prayer played from speakers at mosques.
Israel's Arab citizens are linked to Palestinians by history and, in many cases, by family ties. That puts them in an uncomfortable place — condemning Israeli airstrikes while having to dodge rockets fired from Gaza.