Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain (r.) talks with Samuel Joseph 'Joe the Plumber' Wurzelbacher, who made news during the 2008 presidential campaign when he asked Barack Obama about taxes, before speaking at a tea party rally at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 16. Mr. Wurzelbacher has filed papers to run for Congress in his home state of Ohio.
Israel's foreign ministry rejected the allegations and questioned why Hamas wasn't accused of terrorism. The report was published on the day of another apparent terror attack along Jerusalem's rail line.
Police said the Palestinian man attempted to assassinate Yehuda Glick, a controversial rabbi who advocates for greater Jewish access to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, a holy site for both Muslims and Jews.
Even before the trigger kidnapping incidents, tensions were on a downward spiral. Both sides were losing hope that renewed US-brokered peace talks could bring about any result.