Not only are Fatah and Hamas deadlocked in a power struggle. Abbas’s own Fatah bloc has rejected his new government.
On the eve of the Palestinian president's Oval Office visit, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the administration meant zero growth, period.
On Sunday, Netanyahu's government votes on two bills designed to shore up support for Israel as a Jewish state.
The US and Israel agreed this week to establish a joint committee on how to implement a freeze outlined in the 2003 road map.
On Thursday, Israel commemorated its 1967 capture of East Jerusalem – an area where Jewish settlements and Arab home demolitions could complicate Palestinian aspirations for statehood.
US solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reportedly include UN administration of Jerusalem's holy sites and no right of return for Palestinian refugees.
Two recent polls show that Arab nations have not embraced the president the way other areas of the world have.
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