Israel/Palestine

Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad (right) and Saleh al-Aruri (left) of Hamas shake hands after signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Oct. 12. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep.

US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the podium at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on May 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Mea Culpa: I Said Trump and Bibi Would Blow Up

But eight months in, the U.S. president is still playing nice with Israel — thanks to a moribund peace process.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15:  U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) participate in a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S Vows to Fund a U.N. Agency For Palestinian Refugees Israeli Leader Wants Shuttered

The Trump administration defies Bibi in hopes of restarting peace talks and averting upheaval.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 23:  (ISRAEL OUT) US President Donald Trump (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leave after delivering a speech during a visit to the Israel Museum on May 23, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. U.S. President Donald Trump spend his second and final day visited Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, then visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and delivering an address at the Israel Museum, both in Jerusalem, before departing for the Vatican.  (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Is Trump’s Middle East Peace Effort Dead in the Water?

Whatever faint hopes there were of a breakthrough in the Israel-Palestine conflict are beyond reach right now. 

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Jerusalem’s Forever Crisis

The epicenter of the Arab-Israeli crisis will always be the Temple Mount, where both sides struggle over ancient history and modern-day politics.

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The Smart Way to End ‘Pay to Slay’

Washington wants to stop the Palestinian Authority from incentivizing violence. But if it's not careful, it could push the region further into chaos.

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In Jordan, a Killing Threatens to Upend Peace with Israel

As tensions simmer in Jerusalem, a linchpin of Israel’s security relationship with the Arab world is put to the test.

Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinian Muslim worshippers, who refuse to enter Al-Aqsa mosque compound due to newly-implemented security measures by Israeli authorities which include metal detectors and cameras, pray outside the Lions Gate, a main entrance to Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in Jerusalem's Old City on July 18, 2017.
Israel reopened the ultra-sensitive holy site, after it was closed following an attack by Arab Israeli men in which two Israeli policemen were killed. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI        (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Tensions Rise in Jerusalem After Israel Installs Metal Detectors at Mosque

The new security measures spark clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces.

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Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan is Crashing Against Political Reality

Both Israelis and Palestinians are chafing under the Trump administration's plans to revive the long-moribund peace process.

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The Squeeze Is On Against Hamas

The Islamist movement's Arab neighbors, together with Israel, are cutting off its few remaining lifelines — and hoping not to spark a war.

TOPSHOT - A Palestinian boy walks along the sea during a foggy day in Gaza City on February 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Minister Plans a Floating Island Off the Coast of Gaza

Why build a seaport in Gaza when you could build a brand new island? Security, that’s why.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump (C) makes his way to board Air Force One in Riyadh as he head with the First Lady to Israel on May 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Making the Middle East Worse, Trump-Style

American presidents have generally been pretty good at botching things in the Middle East, but this one is winning at it.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 23:  (ISRAEL OUT) US President Donald Trump (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after delivering a speech during a visit to the Israel Museum on May 23, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. U.S. President Donald Trump spend his second and final day visited Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, then visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and delivering an address at the Israel Museum, both in Jerusalem, before departing for the Vatican.  (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Trump’s Plan for Middle East Peace Could Actually Work

If only the president were willing to put some effort into it.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 23:  (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout photo provided by the Israel Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with US President Donald Trump prior to the President's departure from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. Trump arrived for a 28-hour visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority areas on his first foreign trip since taking office in January.  (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)

Donald Trump Playacts Peace in the Middle East

On his first visit to Israel, the president stressed his “personal commitment” to ending the country’s conflict with the Palestinians but did nothing to prove it.

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