John McCain leads Barack Obama by 12 percent in one Israeli poll, a reflection of security concerns.
On Thursday in Egypt, Israeli President Shimon Peres backed the 'spirit' of a Saudi proposal that offers Arab recognition of Israel.
An Israeli human rights group hopes the 150 video cameras it gave to West Bank Palestinians deter the rising tide of attacks by radical settlers.
In Arab East Jerusalem, Islamist groups are gaining more of a foothold through charity, such as free iftar meals during Ramadan, opening schools, and offering services.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni won the Kadima Party primary to replace Ehud Olmert who has been beset by corruption charges.
But the ruling Kadima Party, which votes on a new leader Wednesday, may not buy into the former army chief's security policy.
Exit polls showed that Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni won with roughly 48 percent of the vote to take over the party led by Ehud Olmert.
Forming a single binational state is among the alternatives being raised to the two-state solution.
Enduring peace must be built from the bottom up.