Israel sealed off the West Bank over fears that its plans to authorize more housing settlements would ignite violence, just as Vice President Joe Biden returned home from a visit meant to kick-start peace talks. Ray Suarez reports.
In other news Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden met with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank as the international community pressures Israel to stop expanding settlements in east Jerusalem. Also, there are reports that much of the U.N.'s food aid…
Vice President Joe Biden is in the Middle East, meeting with Israeli officials about resuming peace talks after more than a year or deadlock in the region. He pledged commitment to Israel's security, but condemned plans to expand settlements eastward.
In other news, Los Angeles county detectives opened an investigation into the wildfires that claimed the lives of two firefighters this week, and Israel plans to speed up the pace of settlement expansion in the West Bank.
By Tom LeGro
President Obama said Tuesday after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that he is encouraged by progress in U.S. efforts to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.
Margaret Warner reports on reactions to the meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and President Barack Obama Thursday.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
In her first trip to the Middle East as the nation's top diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. will contribute $900 million in aid to efforts to help Palestinians rebuild.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
After the expiration of a three-hour truce Wednesday to allow in humanitarian aid, fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian gunmen resumed in the city of Gaza.
Gulf leaders are set to meet Wednesday in Cairo for an Arab League Summit amid increased international pressure on Israel to stop air strikes in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Two analysts probe both sides of the conflict.
As Israel continues strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza amid rocket fire, Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor and U.N. Palestinian Observer Riyad Mansour discuss the conflict.
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