Today, President Obama meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for the first time since either leader took office. Joining The Takeaway is Aaron David Miller, former adviser on the Middle East.
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Israel today after spending three days in neighboring Jordan. But the Pope's visit is not without controversy. For more we turn to the BBC's Rome correspondent and Pope watcher, David Willey.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Israel, where Iran, China and the annexation of occupied Palestinian territories is on the agenda. Europe is optimistic about a summer travel season. But Lebanon, facing a potential resurgence of the novel coronavirus, has locked down. And Malaysia is applying lessons from its experience with the Nipah virus. In Shanghai, Disneyland is reopened — but pandemic precautions are making their mark on the magical place.
Under a United States peace plan unveiled earlier this year, Israel had the US's green light to annex large parts of the West Bank. If that happens, life for the Palestinians and Israeli settlers who live there could get even more complicated.