The rare closing of Jerusalem's Temple Mount — or Noble Sanctuary to Muslims — lasted only a day. But anger over the closure and the shooting of a Palestinian suspecting of killing a Jewish activist became a "day of rage," with Palestinians scuffling with Israeli security forces in the city and across the West Bank.
Two Palestinian men armed with meat cleavers and firearms killed four worshippers at a synagogue in West Jersualem on Tuesday. While it was the deadliest attack of its kind in the city since 2008, it was also yet another sign of rising violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
The situation in Gaza is open-ended, with only the Israelis knowing when they will have achieved their objectives and end their ground invasion. But, regardless, the current situation presents the best opportunity in years for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to assert himself.
The World's Matthew Bell reports that the Israeli government has announced new Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank. The announcement came after five members of an Israeli family were stabbed to death over the weekend in a West Bank settlement.
Israel's prime minister says if anything comes of peace talks, the public would get the chance to vote yes or no on it. But even though polls suggest Israeli's support peace with the Palestinians, it's unclear how they might vote in a referendum.
On Sunday, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas hosted an unprecedented meeting with several hundred Israeli students and activists at his Ramallah headquarters. The Israeli Army ordinarily forbids visits of its Jewish citizens to the Palestinian city. And Abbas had conciliatory words for his visitors.
Samer Issawi had been on a hunger strike for more than 200 days while in an Israeli prison. Issawi is one of the nearly 5,000 Palestinians being jailed in Israeli prisons for various charges. The World's Matthew Bell reports.
Israel and the Palestinians are blaming each other for dragging US-sponsored peace talks to the brink of collapse. After spending eight months trying to keep the two sides at the negotiating table, Secretary of State, John Kerry appears to be frustrated. "The leaders have to lead," Kerry said on Thursday. Host Marco Werman gets the latest from The World's Matthew Bell.
Israeli officials have criticized a reconciliation deal between the rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas. Under the agreement, an interim Palestinian government will be formed and a date fixed for elections. Matthew Bell reports.