The Hamas leader's return to Palestinian territory, his first visit since 1967, coincides with the party's increased sway after an eight-day conflict with Israel and UN recognition of Palestine.
By refusing to support the Palestinian bid at the UN, President Obama has essentially endorsed a No State Solution between Israel and Palestine. Changing course is possible. A good place to start would be threatening to remove US aid to Israel, given its plans for more settlement building.
Demonstrators against a proposed Egyptian constitution in Cairo have devolved into confrontations between pro- and anti-Muslim Brotherhood protesters.
Why Iran's iron ayatollah distrusts the US and what that means for nuclear talks and the possibility of war with the West.
Armed resistance to Israel wins Hamas friends in the streets and among Arab neighbors.
Neither Israel nor Hamas has budged on long-held principles that make coexistence difficult and the prospects for lasting peace remote.