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Israeli law enforcement officials, concerned about virulent divisions between left- and right-wing groups in the country, have warned that a political assassination could be imminent. Read more»

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Dec. 15.

For the first time in years, the people of Bethlehem have something more to celebrate at Christmas than the recollection of an important birth in their town 2,000 years ago. Relative quiet in the Palestinian city has bolstered tourism and the local economy. Read more»

St. George's Monastery

ST. GEORGE'S MONASTERY — Gathered in the chapel of this outpost in the Judean Desert on Tuesday, the Orthodox priests chanted "Lord, have mercy" in Greek, in a service of blessing for a new road that makes the venerable building accessible to the growing number of tourists willing to dare a visit to the troubled Holy Land. Read more»

A Jewish family watch the sun set over the West Bank from their settlement, 2003.

If you asked about a moment that encapsulates the tragedy of the Israelis and Palestinians, there'd be no shortage of incidents, fatal and wrathful, from which to choose. Here's an occasion that was less shocking but just as poignant. Read more»

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel leave through the doorway in the Cabinet Room of the White House, as the President walks the Prime Minister to his car following their meetings, July 6.

More and more Israelis and Palestinians acknowledge (or fear) that it's too late to effectively divide the land as the Israeli and Palestinian populations grow and merge geographically. Read more»

An Israeli barrier wall in the West Bank, 2009.

Indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were set to resume this week, as Mideast envoy George Mitchell prepared for yet another round of shuttle diplomacy intended to revive the peace process. Read more»

Israeli police deploy in the Palestinian village of An Nabi Salih, March 2010.

The nonsensical sequence of recent events in the Middle East has started to fall into a comprehensible pattern. It's not a pleasant pattern, because it leads to war. Read more»