Egypt's grand mufti, Ali Gomaa (center, with scarf), visits the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem in April. The Dome of the Rock, which is part of the same compound, is shown behind him. Many Muslims have boycotted the site because Israel claims sovereignty. But Palestinian religious figures now say they welcome such visits, a move that has sparked controversy. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Change, Palestinians Now Seek High-Profile Visits
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Israeli soldiers stand in front of Palestinian and foreign activists during a demonstration on the 64th anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel, at the Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus, West Bank, on Tuesday. APAimages/Rex Features/AP hide caption

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After Palestinian Prison Deal, A Push For Nonviolence
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Palestinian Prisoners End Mass Hunger Strike
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Israeli Election Canceled, Kadima To Join Netanyahu
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a Likud party convention in Tel Aviv, May 6. Netanyahu said Monday that the next general elections would be held on Sept. 4, instead of the original schedule of October 2013. Yin Dongxun/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Israel Plans September Vote That Favors Netanyahu
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Israelis who support Jewish settlements in the West Bank rally against a demolition order for the outpost of Ulpana on Sunday. Israeli courts have ordered the outpost torn down, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is looking to keep it intact. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images hide caption

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West Bank Outpost Ignites Political Battle
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Israel Sounds Alarm As Iran Engages In Nuclear Talks
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Palestinian children play next to Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank town of Abu Dis in 2011. As peace talks between Israel and Palestine remain at a standstill, people are looking to other possible solutions. Bernat Armangue/AP hide caption

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'One-State' Idea Gains Support Of Some Palestinians
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A Palestinian youth breaks up stones for construction in Gaza City. Despite restrictions on imports including building material, the area is going through a construction boom. Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite Restrictions, Gaza Finds A Way To Build
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Palestinian artist Mohammed al-Dairi paints a mural of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (right) and late Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (left), in Gaza City. Hamas leaders are divided on what direction to take the Islamist movement, with some calling for reconciliation with Arafat's Fatah movement. Mahmud Hams /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Gaza, Calls For Change Put Hamas At A Crossroads
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The Israeli military says its Iron Dome system has been extremely effective against Palestinian rockets coming out of the Gaza Strip. Here, an Israeli missile is launched Monday near the city of Ashdod in response to a Palestinian rocket. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images hide caption

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Israel: Rocket Shield Is Deflecting Gaza Attacks
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No Let Up In Gaza-Israel Violence
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Evangelical Christians from the U.S. are living and working at Jewish settlements in the West Bank for weeks at a time. The Christians see Jewish expansion in the area as fulfilling biblical prophecy, though the settlements are a contentious issue between Israelis and Palestinians. Here volunteers harvest grapes. Courtesy of Heather Meyers hide caption

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Christians Provide Free Labor On Jewish Settlements
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Some Palestinians Critical Of U.S.-Israel Talks
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Ordinary Israelis Ponder An Attack Against Iran
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