Obama likely to return US to role of 'honest broker.' McCain sees fighting Islamic extremists as paramount.
The West Bank city of Jenin has been officially handed over to Palestinian control, but the Israeli army still goes in to arrest and assassinate militants.
One of the last cities remaining under the Israeli blockade hosts a rare showing of race cars – some of which predate the second intifada.
Can Gaza's ruling militants keep other armed groups from spoiling a six-month cease-fire with Israel intended to improve life in the impoverished coastal strip?
In Israel, the media focused on possible breakthroughs in which the US played no role, highlighting low expectations for Rice's trip.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is increasingly seen as the likely successor to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.