Thousands of Israeli supporters mark Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's fifth birthday in captivity in the Gaza Strip on Saturday at a rally outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem. Shalit was captured by Hamas-allied militants in 2006, when he was 19. Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama denounces an attack on Israeli settlers as he stands beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. Netanyahu said the attack will not derail direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Ron Sachs/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinians enjoy the Mediterranean Sea at a Hamas-run beach resort in Gaza City. Ventures such as beach clubs, wedding halls and a shopping center are one way the militant Islamist group is strengthening its rule over the Gaza Strip. Andrea Bruce/VII Network for NPR hide caption

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In the Gaza Strip, many homes remain in ruins after Israel's military incursion at the end of 2008 crippled the territory. The war destroyed thousands of buildings, but the Israeli government won't allow construction materials in even though there is a dire need. Andrea Bruce/VII Network for NPR hide caption

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A screenshot of Egyptian riot police, taken from a video about protests on the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights' YouTube channel. EIPR/YouTube hide caption

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