John F. Kennedy was an early and deep supporter of Israel. His support dates back to 1958, when he encouraged people to send trees to reforest Jerusalem. The move endeared him to Israelis and a memorial to him still stands in the forest he helped build.
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.
Clashes broke out in Jerusalem on Wednesday after the murder of a Palestinian teenagers. His death came shortly after the bodies of three missing Israeli teens were found near Hebron this week, and the killings have ratcheted up tensions in Israel and Palestine to new heights.
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.
Traffic cop "love notes" in Israel generally follow a standard format. They begin with a courteous greeting: “Dear Officer.” Then they explain why the offender is parked illegally, and why that’s OK, and why they do not deserve parking tickets.
In what might be a first, Israeli settler leaders will be attending the inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday. And these settlers see hopeful signs for big changes in US policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.
It's a rare love story that breaks so many boundaries in the Middle East. An Israeli and a Palestinian fought physical barriers in traveling between Jerusalem and the West Bank. They fought the Israeli-Arab cultural barriers. And they fought the social barriers of being gay.