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Israeli security forces point their weapons toward Palestinian protestors during clashes in Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem, on July 2, 2014, after a Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of three Israeli youths.  (Photo credit AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Suspected Revenge Killing For Murder Of 3 Israeli Teens Sparks Jerusalem Clashes

Tensions have mounted between Israel and the Palestinians after the bodies of three Israeli teens were found in the West Bank more than two weeks after they went missing.

07/02/2014

Israelis hold Israeli flags along the road of the funeral procession of Gilad Shaer, 16, on July 1, 2014 in Hashmonaim settelment, West Bank. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

As Israel Buries Teens And World Mourns, Airstrikes Target Hamas

Hundreds of people participated in separate memorial services in the hometowns of the three teens — Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel ahead of a joint funeral.

07/01/2014

Slain Israeli teens: Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrah (family photos)

New Yorkers Mourn As Bodies Of 3 Kidnapped Israeli Teens Are Found

Gilad Shaar, 16, Naftali Frankel, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, disappeared while hitchhiking home near the West Bank city of Hebron late at night on June 12 and were never heard from again.

06/30/2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry announces that he has selected former US ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, to head the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks,  July 29, 2013.  (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli, Palestinian Talks To Resume Amid Deep Skepticism

Secretary of State John Kerry appointed a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, to shepherd Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that begin Monday evening in Washington.

07/29/2013

President Barack Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 21, 2013, the second day of Obama's three-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Meets With Abbas, Says U.S. Still Committed To A 2-State Solution

On the second day of his visit to the Middle East, President Barack Obama was greeted by the president of the Palestinian Authority, and rockets were fired by militants into a southern Israeli town.

03/21/2013

President Barack Obama is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official welcoming ceremony on his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on March, 20, 2013 near Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Marc Israel Sellem-Pool/Getty Images)

President Obama Vows Unwavering Support, Says U.S. ‘Stands With Israel’

Putting aside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration that he will go it alone in the defense of Israel if he has too, the normal tensions with President Barack Obama seemed to have been wiped away.

03/20/2013

President Barack Obama speaks at an interfaith vigil on December 16, 2012 at Newtown High School, Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Biden: Obama Prepared To Do Whatever’s Necessary To Prevent Iran From Getting Bomb

As President Barack Obama continued preparations for his first trip to Israel as commander in chief, there was a shift in tactics Monday.

03/04/2013

In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the prime minister's office. (credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty Images)

Diplomatic Push To End Middle East Crisis Gaining Momentum

Earlier Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in the region, renewing America’s commitment to Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at her side.

11/20/2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu Warns World Iran Is Close To Crossing His ‘Red Line’

He wanted to get the world’s attention and he did it with a simple diagram that could be shown in elementary schools, only to the Israeli prime minister there was nothing elementary about the stakes at hand — stopping Iran from getting the bomb.

09/27/2012

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel (Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)/Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Netanyahu Blasts UN As ‘House Of Lies,’ Implores Abbas To Drop Application, Resume Talks

There was a dramatic and defiant move at the United Nations on Friday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sidestepped two decades of failed negotiations and surged ahead with demands for Palestinian statehood.

09/23/2011

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Abbas Backs Down, Won’t Call For Immediate Vote On Palestinian Statehood

President Obama said in public what he is also saying in private — that a Palestinian state can only be achieved by the Israelis and Palestinians going to the bargaining table and tackling the hard questions that face them.

09/21/2011

Flags of Israel, Palestine and U.S.

Israel Floats ‘Interim Solution’ Proposal At UN To Stem Palestinian Statehood Tension

The Israeli proposal would allow the Palestinians to establish a state within existing borders in Gaza and the West Bank and deal with all the tough stuff later.

09/20/2011

Flags of Israel, Palestine and U.S.

Palestinians, Israelis Just A Week Away From UN Confrontation

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared he’ll travel here, to fight a Palestinian bid for United Nations membership as President Barack Obama tried to defuse a difficult situation.

09/15/2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg presides over a bill signing - May 24, 2011 (credit: Kristen Artz / Mayor's Office)

Obama’s Position On Israel Could Cost Him Support Of Mayor Bloomberg

With former mayor Ed Koch saying he cannot vote to re-elect Obama unless the president changes his recent stands on Israel, Bloomberg was asked whether it was a litmus test for him as well.

05/25/2011

President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas delivers his address on September 25, 2010 during the 65th session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. (Photo credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian President Talks Mideast Peace At U.N.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the Mideast peace process in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.

09/25/2010