As the US pulls troops out of Syria, neighboring Lebanon, with its history of sectarian politics, struggles to find national unity in its approach to the ongoing refugee crisis created as the result of seven years of war.
Former military general Benny Gantz seems eager to make it clear that he can be Israel’s next Mr. Security, distinguishing himself from Benjamin Netanyahu with a strong anti-corruption message while the prime minister faces corruption charges and a looming indictment.
“The abolition [of UNRWA] means erasing the existence of the refugee issue. We say to them that we insist on the existence of the agency as long as the issue of refugees is not resolved," says Taha al-Biss, leader of the al-Amari refugee camp in the West Bank.
Airbnb has announced it will remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move Israel called a "wretched capitulation" to boycotters and Palestinians hailed as a step toward peace.
The Israeli undercover operation in Gaza led to fighting that killed a Hamas commander among others. Hamas said it dealt a blow to Egyptian, Qatari and UN efforts to broker a long-term ceasefire and ease an Israeli blockade that has deepened economic hardship in Gaza.
Correspondent Daniel Estrin reports on a heavy metal band Orphaned Land based in Tel Aviv whose music is providing a soundtrack for social change as young Egyptians rally for democracy across the Middle East.
Israel has been anxiously following events in Egypt, worried about how the unrest could affect the peace treaty between the two countries. But as Daniel Estrin reports, Israelis are now worried about their energy security, too.
Now that Mubarak is gone, Israel is hoping that its fragile peace with Egypt can survive. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with The World's Matthew Bell who is back in Jerusalem after spending some time in Cairo.
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.
The BBC's Jon Donnison provides a view of happenings on the ground in the strip of Palestinian territory. Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern/ Islamic Studies and History at New York University, helps explain the recent democracy movements.
The World's Matthew Bell reports on today's cancelled "Day of Rage" in the West Bank. The protests were called off over concern that popular anger could instead turn against Palestinian officials themselves.