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Lebanon has begun deporting or refusing entry to Palestinian-Syrians seeking refuge in Lebanon. But the door seems to remain open to Syrian nationals.
It is against the law for Lebanese to visit Israel, but Cardinal Beshara Rai – the first patriarch of the Lebanese Maronite church to do so – says he has a duty to meet followers.
Israel wants Pope Francis to promote peace on his visit. But with Christians increasingly backing opposite sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they may be calcifying the divide.
The uptick in extremist vandalism of non-Jewish property comes ahead of the pope's high-profile visit to Israel, shining an uncomfortable spotlight on a growing problem.
Today is the deadline for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, and the two sides won't even talk to each other. A look at how things went wrong – again – and what the options are now.
For now, unilateral moves – like the Israeli annexation of West Bank settlements and Palestinian applications for international recognition – are the only options.
Israel criticized Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for siding with a terrorist group instead of pursuing peace with Israel. But Mr. Abbas can’t enforce peace without unity.
Extremist Jewish settlers attacked a nearby IDF encampment after several mobile homes in a settlement outpost were demolished. Israeli security officials called for harsh measures.
Many Palestinians, as well as some Israelis, support President Mahmoud Abbas's refusal to keep talks brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry going after months of inaction.
Khaled Asakreh was released seven months ago, after 22 years in an Israeli prison. Another batch of veteran Palestinian prisoners is awaiting release as part of John Kerry's peace efforts.
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