With women having an average of eight children each, the ultra-Orthodox communities of Beiter Illit and Modiin Illit are case studies in why the settlement issue is not getting any easier.
If the building blocks of the Palestinian state-in-waiting are allowed to fall apart, the prospects for peace will collapse, too.
Some see the Israeli prime minister's demand that Arabs recognize Israel as a Jewish state as a simple quid pro quo, but critics say it's a new obstacle.
Israeli restrictions and dependence on foreign aid have stifled the all-important business sector.
King Abdullah II of Jordan, embraced by the West and his Arab allies, is emerging as a facilitator for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A train engineer's take on retirement slips into the absurd in this surreal Norwegian comedy from director Bent Hammer.
The US and Israel agreed this week to establish a joint committee on how to implement a freeze outlined in the 2003 road map.
US solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reportedly include UN administration of Jerusalem's holy sites and no right of return for Palestinian refugees.
The presidents leading either side of the divided island are longtime allies.