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  • Israeli soldiers pause during a patrol of an area near the scene of a shooting near the Tarqumiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Hebron, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police say assailants opened fire on an Israeli vehicle in the West Bank Monday, killing one person and wounding two.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

    The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss his budget and the status of diplomatic hot spots. Lawmakers' questions focused on Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Syria. Kerry, a former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, threatened Russia with tougher economic sanctions if it fails to back down from its chaotic involvement in Ukraine. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    MAY: The Mideast peace process peters out

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Time for Obama to prod Palestinians

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  • ** FILE ** In this Tuesday April 1, 2014 photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, joined by Palestinian chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat, signs an application to the U.N. agencies in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

    Israel says it won't release Palestinian prisoners

    Israel will not free an expected fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners because of the Palestinians' push for recognition at the United Nations, Israel's chief negotiator said Thursday.

  • FILE - This March 29, 2014 file-pool photo shows Secretary of State John Kerry arriving in Paris. More than a week into what had been a scheduled five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, Kerry sat in a Paris hotel suite last Monday morning contemplating his next moves on multiple crisis fronts. Despite a hastily arranged emergency meeting with his Russian counterpart in the French capital the night before, Moscow was still massing troops on Ukraine’s border, apparently threatening invasion, and Kerry’s pet project, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, was teetering on the brink of collapse. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File-Pool)

    U.S. backs off peace talks as impatience mounts with Israelis, Palestinians

    Secretary of State John Kerry's canceling of a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is sign of the Obama administration's growing impatience with its inability to forge a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior U.S. aide said.

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas taks to journalists during a press conference on the sidelines of the Arab League Summit at Bayan Palace, Kuwait on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.(AP Photo/Nasser Waggi)

    Mideast peace bid stalls amid Abbas maneuver

    Secretary of State John F. Kerry's full-court press to revive the Middle East peace process appeared to be floundering on Tuesday with the cancellation of a meeting between the secretary and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who applied to join 15 international agencies in a move strenuously opposed by the U.S. and Israel.

  • In this March 30, 2014, photo U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference in Paris. The United States is talking with Israel about the possibility of releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard early from his life sentence as an incentive in the troubled Mideast peace negotiations, a person familiar with the situation said Monday March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    American spy's release in play for Mideast peace

    Every president since Ronald Reagan has refused to release Jonathan Pollard from prison. A CIA director once threatened to resign when Bill Clinton briefly considered freeing the convicted spy as part of Mideast peace talks. But now, in a gamble to extend negotiations that appear on the brink of collapse, the Obama administration is bringing the U.S. closer than it has been in years to granting Pollard an early release.

  • MANDEL: A fatal flaw in the Palestinian peace process

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Amman, Jordan on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Kerry arrived in Jordan in hopes of jump-starting foundering Mideast peace talks just as Arab leaders released a communique saying they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    Kerry to meet with Palestinian leader in Jordan

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jordan Wednesday in hopes of jump-starting foundering Mideast peace talks just as Arab leaders released a communique saying they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

  • Palestinians shout slogans to support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, calling him "Abo Mazen," his name locally known, ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama next week, while holding a rally in the West Bank town of Tubas on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The pictures at center and far right is Abbas and late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, center right. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

    Obama, Palestinian leader meet as deadline nears

    A deadline fast approaching, President Barack Obama is seeking to ease the logjam in elusive Mideast peace talks and keep Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from walking away, despite few signs that either Palestinians or Israelis are prepared to budge on key sticking points.

  • ** FILE ** In this Sept. 21, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are seen during a meeting in New York. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Obama, Abbas to meet Monday morning regarding peace talks

    President Obama will sit down with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House on Monday morning, a key meeting that comes just weeks before a U.S.-imposed April deadline to complete a framework for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

  • President Barack Obama listens as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 17, 2014. President Barack Obama said a Mideast peace solution remains elusive but he's hoping to see progress in coming days and weeks. Obama spoke as he sat down Monday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the path forward.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Abbas tells Obama window for Israel peace deal is closing

    President Obama pushed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday for a breakthrough in the peace process, saying all sides know what sacrifices need to be made as they hurtle toward a U.S.-imposed April deadline for concrete progress.

  • **FILE** Israeli police headquarters is seen in the E-1 construction site near the West bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem on Dec. 2, 2012. (Associated Press)

    U.S. to demand partial Israeli settlement freeze: report

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  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, top left, and Israeli Labor party lawmaker Hilik Bar, top second left, arrive for a meeting with a delegation of mostly Israeli university students and activists in dovish political parties, at his compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Abbas said that he does not want to "drown Israel with millions of (Palestinian) refugees to change its nature." Abbas' comment Sunday was his most conciliatory yet on the fate of Palestinian refugees who were uprooted from homes in what is now Israel, including in the 1948 war over Israel's creation. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    Abbas signals flexibility on Palestinian refugees

    The Palestinian president on Sunday reassured a group of young Israeli activists visiting his West Bank compound that he has no intention of flooding Israel with Palestinian refugees - his most ambitious attempt yet to directly influence Israeli public opinion over the heads of a largely hard-line Israeli leadership.

  • **FILE** Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas enters his car after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Sept. 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Palestinians give Israelis 4 years to leave, citing 'red line' for peace

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent out a list of "red line" requirements for a peace deal with Israel, preempting an American-forged agreement that was supposed to take shape in the next few weeks.

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  • Here's the real stunner: Mr. Abbas still refuses to acknowledge Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people — a people with a history, culture, language and religion dating back three millennia in this corner of the Middle East.

    MAY: The Mideast peace process peters out →

  • "We don't want to clash with the U.S. administration, but we are left with no choice," Mr. Abbas said, according to a report in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

    Mideast peace bid stalls amid Abbas maneuver →

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