Experts are understandably skeptical about success for the renewed peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. But key conditions and circumstances are different than in the past. Here are seven reasons to be optimistic about the latest round of Mideast peace talks.
It's unlikely that the little-known jihadi group could launch a rocket attack on a heavily fortified Israeli town, but that won't stop them from claiming it.
The Monitor looks at which Palestinian prisoners are being released and why, and how that is playing with both publics.
As talks between Israelis and Palestinians get underway, the international community has a window of opportunity to pressure an increasingly isolated Hamas to reconcile with the Palestinian Authority – a move that would help Gazans, support a peace deal, and stabilize the region.