King Abdullah II of Jordan, embraced by the West and his Arab allies, is emerging as a facilitator for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The controversial idea – though not new – could still undermine Netanyahu and erode Israel's relations with moderate Arab countries.
Hamas has vowed revenge on Fatah after a shootout between the two factions in the West Bank that left six dead.
Though pleased with Obama's meeting with Palestinian President Abbas Thursday, they are waiting to see if the US president will break from decades of failed US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Not only are Fatah and Hamas deadlocked in a power struggle. Abbas’s own Fatah bloc has rejected his new government.
On the eve of the Palestinian president's Oval Office visit, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the administration meant zero growth, period.
On Sunday, Netanyahu's government votes on two bills designed to shore up support for Israel as a Jewish state.
The US and Israel agreed this week to establish a joint committee on how to implement a freeze outlined in the 2003 road map.
On Thursday, Israel commemorated its 1967 capture of East Jerusalem – an area where Jewish settlements and Arab home demolitions could complicate Palestinian aspirations for statehood.