Palestine's economy suffers under the weight of the long-running Israeli occupation. And while it's resumed growth, that growth is tied to foreign aid. Economists say to achieve true stability, it needs a vibrant private sector economy -- and that requires a peace agreement with Israel.
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.
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.
When Israel 50 years ago occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and other parts of land that Palestinians hope will be their own state, they quickly implemented a series of laws to govern the land. Those laws were expected to be temporary, but decades later they persist, and they've amounted to a bizarre, and sometimes contradictory, system.
Palestinian prisoners agree to end their hunger strike after winning significant concessions from the Israeli government. Some 1,500 prisoners were demanding better conditions in jail and an end to administrative detention.