Mideast peace process
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
May 24, 2011 — The initial official Palestinian reaction to the Israeli leader's address to Congress is negative.
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.
Jan 25, 2011 — Palestinian Authority officials have challenged the accuracy of the leaked documents. Their rivals are accusing PA leaders of treason.