There are always tensions between Israel's Jewish and Palestinian communities. But last week, that tension took a serious turn when a group of Israeli Jewish teens attacked a group of Palestinian teens and sent one to the hospital with serious injuries.
In the contentious relationship between Israel and the Palestinians, prisoners in Israeli prisons play a major role. And they could prove to be both a stumbling block and an opportunity as the two sides consider restarting their peace process.
Mitt Romney spent the weekend in Israel, where he received an enthusiastic welcome from the Israeli leadership. But critics said Prime Minister Netanyahu's praise for the GOP presidential candidate crossed a dangerous line and threatened to strain Israel's relationship with the Obama administration.
The Palestinian Territories have been divided for years, with more extreme Hamas governing the Gaza Strip and more moderate Fatah ruling in the West Bank. But Wednesday, the two sides agreed to a power-sharing agreement. But it may be another setback for peace with Israel.
In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, women and human rights groups are demanding that Palestinian leaders do more to stop violence against women. The call comes in the wake of a murder in Bethlehem last week that has shocked the Palestinian public. Activists hope the case will raise awareness of domestic violence.
Residents of the Palestinian West Bank are restless after a series of moves have dramatically raised their cost of living while wages are not being paid. Several protests have been held, leading Palestinian leaders to promise changes.
Chris Stevens was not just known and liked in Libya, but in fact all across the Middle East. And with him gone now, killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, American efforts in the region will be hampered.
Daniel Estrin reports on the resignation of the Palestinian parliament. Members of the ruling Fatah party hope the move will give them more credibility ahead of scheduled legislative and presidential elections in September.
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.