Sidestepping the bad optics of a handshake with the crown prince deemed to have approved the operation that led to the death of Jamal Khashoggi, President Biden opted for a fist bump.
An ex-Palestinian intelligence chief and an attorney filed complaints against the Palestinian Authority after an anonymous document alleged the government tapped their calls for the U.S. spy agency.
If the Egyptian-brokered deal succeeds, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza will be reunited under one leadership for the first time since Hamas wrested control of Gaza 10 years ago.
Ten years ago, the Islamist group Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in a bloody coup. Now, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is cutting back on financial support to pressure Hamas leaders.
"I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Let's see if we can prove them wrong," he said alongside Palestinian leader Abbas.
The secretary-general's visit comes as recent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians have left dozens dead.
The head of FIFA visited Israel and the West Bank this week, where Palestinians are petitioning to expel Israel from soccer's governing body — and its biggest international tournaments.