The highly touted Arrow 2 is considered central to Israel's defense against an unconventional attack.
Far from suicide bombers and West Bank settlements, the cosmopolitan city is an economic engine – and out of step, some say.
It is reportedly planning to dismantle the outposts in a single day to minimize the violence and bad PR that marred the last major evacuation, in 2006.
The Israeli prime minister airs a US demand to halt building in E. Jerusalem, where US bingo magnate's hotel is slated for conversion into 20 Jewish apartments.
Frederic C. Hof, author of a March report suggesting an environmental preserve and other initiatives in the disputed Golan Heights, is meeting with Israeli officials.
As tens of thousands marched in Tehran Wednesday, the government moved to recount ballots and crack down on bloggers and news websites.
The former president met with Israeli settlers as well as top Hamas leaders on a week-long tour of the region that wrapped up Tuesday in Gaza.
Palestinian negotiator Erekat calls it a 'slap in the face,' while the White House calls the speech 'an important step forward.'
The Israeli leader is not likely to suggest radical changes in dealing with Palestinians, analysts say.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration is pushing back against increased US pressure to halt the growth of Jewish communities in the West Bank.