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July 22, 2014 | NPR · Two weeks into the conflict in the Gaza Strip, more than 600 Palestinians — mostly civilians — and 29 Israelis have been killed. Two recent Israeli strikes, on a school and a hospital, reflect the scope of Israel's offensive.
 
July 22, 2014 | NPR · U.S. airlines have canceled flights to Israel after reports of Hamas rockets landing near Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.
 
July 22, 2014 | NPR · Secretary of State John Kerry has finished his first full day in Cairo, where he's trying to help forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Scott Simon talks with David Herzsenhorn of The New York Times about the latest developments in Ukraine, where a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was downed on Thursday, killing 298 people.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from correspondent Corey Flintoff at the site of last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Eastern Ukraine.
 

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Mideast peace process

Jul 2, 2014 — Just over a year ago, NPR's Emily Harris packed up and moved to Jerusalem. She covers Israel and the Palestinian territories, which means plenty of politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Apr 24, 2014 — The Israeli Cabinet on Thursday endorsed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to suspend talks because the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas are moving to form a unity government.
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Apr 3, 2014 — More than 1 million Arabs are Israeli citizens. About 350,000 Jewish Israelis live in the West Bank. What happens to them if a formal border is ever set between Israel and the Palestinians?
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Jun 30, 2013 — "With a little more work, the start of final status negotiations could be within reach," the secretary of state said Sunday after four days of shuttle diplomacy. He met with Israeli and Palestinian officials.
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Oct 18, 2011 — A "dazed ... thin and pale" Gilad Shalit is home in Israel after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas. Palestinians are celebrating as Israeli authorities begin releasing some of the hundreds of prisoners who are being set free in exchange.
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Sep 22, 2011 — What does seem to be certain is that on Friday, Palestinian officials will ask to be admitted to the United Nations. The U.S. opposes that move, saying statehood should come through negotiations with Israel.
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Sep 21, 2011 — The president said, "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N. ... Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians - not us - who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and security; on refugees and Jerusalem."
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Sep 21, 2011 — Obama has been getting sharp criticism from the right for allegedly not being pro-Israel enough and from the left for appearing to be inconsistent by supporting self-determination in some Arab countries but not for Palestinians.
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May 24, 2011 — The initial official Palestinian reaction to the Israeli leader's address to Congress is negative.
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May 24, 2011 — The Israeli prime minister's speech came on the heels of the very public disagreement he has had with President Obama over returning to Israel's pre-1967 war borders. Netanyahu said Israel wants and needs peace but repeated his flat rejection of a return to what he called the "indefensible" borders.
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