Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration is pushing back against increased US pressure to halt the growth of Jewish communities in the West Bank.
Many Israelis see the president's decision to bypass Jerusalem as part of a broader shift in US priorities in the region.
The US and Israel agreed this week to establish a joint committee on how to implement a freeze outlined in the 2003 road map.
With no clear guidelines for what Israel will allow in, aid groups have run into trouble with everything from 90 tons of pasta to nutritional bars mistranslated as steel bars.
He was politely received at Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem Tuesday, but clerics, judges, and Hamas representatives want stronger statements on Israeli policies and Palestinian suffering.
As he landed in Tel Aviv, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of need for a 'just resolution' for Israelis and Palestinians
Benedict remembered the victims, but did not visit an exhibit that criticized Pius XII for not doing more to help Jews during the Holocaust.
In Jordan, Pope Benedict XVI sought to stress the importance of religion in public life as a way to find common ground with Jewish and Muslim groups.
Palestinians are building a stage to receive the pope beside Israel's separation barrier, but the Vatican says he will now speak at a nearby school.
Syrian diplomats say Damascus is serious about making peace, and hope Washington will lean on Israel's new government.
Arab League likely support Sudan's Bashir against war crimes charge, but discourage ties with Iran.
Patrons at 'Stars and Bucks' critique her statements. 'We already know the quotes by heart,' one says.
On Syria, Iran, and a Palestinian state, Israel's new leadership disagrees with the Obama administration.
Israel has plans to demolish Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem to make way for a tourist site. Activists say it's a demographic play that amounts to ethnic cleansing.
The US envoy arrives at a time when Israelis and Palestinians seem most absorbed with fixing their own houses before dealing with their neighbors.
As anniversary of Hezbollah commander Mughniyah's assassination looms, Israel tightens security.
Gaza doctors add to the growing number of accounts that suggest Israel used white phosphorus munitions against international norms of war.
In the wake of the Gaza war, Israel is preparing to defend itself and its soldiers against possible criminal charges in European courts that claim 'universal jurisdiction.'
Hassen Chalghoumi, from Tunisia, pioneered a religious exchange in France.
Israel temporarily closed its crossings into Gaza Tuesday after a soldier was killed by a roadside bomb. After the attack, Israeli forces killed one Palestinian and wounded a senior militant.
Hamas may not be able to prevent other factions from attacking Israel, analysts say.
Hamas and Israel have not agreed to terms of a mutual cease-fire agreement, worrying many that the war will soon start up again.
The UN headquarters in Gaza was struck by Israeli fire. Fissures are emerging among Israeli civilian and military leaders over how and when to end the campaign.