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Israel vs. The Palestinians : Controversy
A Palestinian ambassador lays a wreath before a portrait of the late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat during a 2010 ceremony marking the sixth anniversary of his death.

Was Yasser Arafat murdered?

After the late Palestinian leader's widow suggests that Arafat might have been poisoned eight years ago, France opens an investigation to suss out the truth

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Winners and Losers
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz shake hands before announcing the new coalition government in Jerusalem on May 8.

Benjamin Netanyahu's Israeli power play: Winners and losers

In a surprise move, the prime minister creates a unity government with a centrist opposition party, effectively making himself "king of Israel." What's the score now?

Israel vs. The Palestinians : The Bullpen
Dana Liebelson

Dana Liebelson: Why the Mitt-Bibi bromance won't affect world affairs

Mitt Romney and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu are pals, says The New York Times. But don't expect them to forge a Mideast peace accord anytime soon

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Opinion Brief
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is trying to woo Israeli expats to come home with an ad campaign that suggests there's something wrong with being Jewish in America, critics argue.

Does Israel have a problem with American Jews?

Benjamin Netanyahu's government unveils an ad campaign urging expats to come home, and some Jews in the U.S. find the message insulting

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Opinion Brief
Presidents Sarkozy and Obama were caught bad-mouthing Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which may further cripple their countries' relationship with Israel.

Calling Netanyahu a 'liar': How damaging was Sarkozy's gaffe?

The French president, unaware his mic is on, badmouths Israel's prime minister — and President Obama does not exactly leap to Bibi's defense

Israel vs. The Palestinians : The List
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki and Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO Elias Sanbar during Monday's announcement of Palestine's membership into the U.N.'s cultural agency.

UNESCO's 'divisive' decision to recognize Palestine

After a landslide vote, the U.N.'s cultural agency welcomes Palestine as a member state. What will it mean for the key players? Here, 5 theories

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Analysis
Israel soldier Gilad Shalit was freed in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in a trade some say was a gamble for both sides.

Gilad Shalit's release: Did Israel get a bad deal?

Although Israelis are elated to see the young soldier come home, some contend that the 1,000-to-1 prisoner swap is a huge victory for Hamas

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Instant Guide
Israelis wearing "Free Gilad Shalit" T-shirts react to the news that the Israeli soldier will be released after five years in prison.

The 'painful' deal to free Israel's Gilad Shalit: Winners and losers

Israel strikes an agreement with Hamas, freeing 1,000 Palestinians in exchange for a single Israeli soldier

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Opinion Brief
A laborer works on Israel-owned settlements in the West Bank.

Israel's 'provocative' new settlement plans

After Palestinian leaders ask the U.N. for statehood, Israel plays hardball by approving new homes on contested land

Israel vs. The Palestinians : The Bullpen
David Frum

David Frum: Is Obama's defense of Israel too little, too late?

After years of frustrating Israel and its supporters, the U.S. president finally takes a firm stand — though his motives are suspect

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Burning Question
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be partially to blame for his nation's increasing isolation, but others say President Obama is at fault, too.

Israel's isolation: Whose fault is it?

With a contentious U.N. debate on Palestinian statehood looming, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be feeling lonely this week

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Instant Guide
Palestinians celebrate ahead of their bid for statehood at the U.N.: The U.S. has vowed to use its Security Council veto to block admittance.

The U.N.'s 'momentous' Palestinian statehood dilemma

World leaders are gathering in New York for what could be the most dramatic showdown since Israel was created in 1947

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Opinion Brief
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announces his planned bid for Palestinian statehood recognition at the UN next week, which some say will lead only to war.

Would a U.N.-recognized Palestine create 'endless Mideast conflict'?

A showdown is looming over a United Nations vote on the Palestinians' official status, and the long-stymied peace process hangs in the balance

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Analysis
Egyptians stormed the Israeli consulate in Cairo last week, and some say the North African nation's anti-Israel anger has existed for decades, but was largely kept in check during Hosni Mubarak's rule.

Why anti-Israel anger is mounting in Egypt: 4 theories

After the sacking of Israel's embassy in Cairo, the Egyptian-Israeli peace is in jeopardy. Why the sudden tension?

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Opinion Brief
A soldier threatens Egyptians who try to get close to the Israeli embassy in Cairo: Demonstrators tore down a concrete wall and stormed the government building over the weekend.

Trouble in Cairo: Is Egypt turning on Israel?

Tensions rise between the Middle Eastern neighbors after protesters break into Israel's embassy in Cairo

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Opinion Brief
The Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara after a deadly raid by Israeli soldiers in May 2010: In a new report, the U.N. largely exonerates Israel for the assault.

Turkey vs. Israel: An irreparable rift?

After the United Nations deems Israel's Gaza blockade legal, a diplomatic feud breaks out over Turkey's demand for an apology

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