September 23, 2012 The Gaza Strip will be unlivable by 2020 if nothing is done to alleviate the situation there, a recent U.N. report found. By almost every indicator, Palestinians in Gaza today are worse off than they were in the 1990s — squeezed by a high birthrate, dwindling resources and trade and travel restrictions.
August 31, 2012 The country has featured prominently in past campaigns, but observers say it's different this time. The shift is partially attributed to the GOP's aggressive courting of the Jewish vote and the Israeli government's perceived taking of sides, a charge it denies.
August 14, 2012 The daytime fast during Ramadan is never easy. It's particularly tough when the holy month falls during the hottest days of summer. This appears to be causing some Muslims to forgo the fast this year — though they would prefer that their family and friends don't know.
August 9, 2012 Israel is welcoming Egypt's military efforts to stamp out Islamist militants in the Sinai following a deadly border attack. But calls in Egypt to modify the military provisions of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty — to strengthen its security in the Sinai — has led to concern in Israel.
August 6, 2012 The attack near the Rafah border crossing that left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead is having repercussions in the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the militant Islamist group Hamas. Its leaders hoped Egypt's new Islamist president would help Gaza break out of its isolation. Now, those efforts have suffered a major setback.
July 26, 2012 A longtime proponent of a peaceful solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is feeling the heat from Palestinians frustrated with the lack of progress in Mideast talks. Opponents also say the 77-year-old leader isn't addressing dire economic problems.
July 12, 2012 Israeli-Palestinian violence has been at a comparatively low level in recent years. But violence by Jewish settlers against West Bank Palestinians is up sharply, according to the report by U.N. agencies and Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups.
July 10, 2012 Israel's razing of homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem left 1,100 Palestinians homeless last year. Israelis say the homes were built without the proper permits. Palestinians say their applications are almost always rejected because Israel wants them to leave these areas.