The Israeli government's latest settlement expansion, just days before another round of peace talks, is nothing to worry about, according to Secretary Kerry.
The Monitor looks at which Palestinian prisoners are being released and why, and how that is playing with both publics.
It's like a never-ending upside-down waterfall of groundhog days.
A number of Israelis and Americans say that fear of being cast as rejectionist may keep the parties at the table.
The opportunity to own a restaurant in his homeland brought Mazen Saadeh back to the West Bank, where he is serving food that comes straight from his backyard.
Palestinian teenage girls instead have Mohammed Assaf, a Palestinian contestant on 'Arab Idol' who has them glued to their phones, texting in votes for him.
One man alone used to employ more than 2,000 fishermen to bring in Gaza's daily catch, but Israel has reduced the areas in which Palestinians may fish, curbing the number of accessible fish.
Umm Abdullah, whose husband is on his 14th turn in prison and has been imprisoned herself, is angry with Palestinian officials for cooperating with Israelis to arrest Palestinians.
Palestinian Mohammed Dajani, a former Fatah fighter from a prominent Jerusalem family, has become a vocal advocate for pragmatism and peace.
The language barrier makes it hard for non-Arab tourists to understand the Bedouin lifestyle, but Abdullah Zhaeka's English and Hebrew skills are bridging the gap.
Abu Elias, a Jericho farmer, cultivates cucumbers, eggplants, ingenuity, and a good sense of humor.