The Trump Mideast plan would recognize Israeli sovereignty of settlements and lands Palestinians want for a future state, but the administration urged Israel to hold off until after Israel's election.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro warns of "severe ramifications" from the plan. The major problems, he writes, "result from having talked to only one side in the conflict — Israel."
Even before President Trump's peace deal comes to light, an informal arrangement between Israeli and Hamas leaders eased some restrictions on travel and trade out of Gaza.
Lea Tsemel, 75, has lost case after case for decades and has received death threats as a Jew representing Arabs. Her notoriety in Israel has grown since last year's release of a documentary about her.
Evangelicals are emerging as the most reliable U.S. supporters of the Israeli government and as the fastest-growing segment of the Israeli tourism market.
Israel has begun using the technology at its West Bank checkpoints to verify Palestinians' identities as they cross into Israel. The new system means shorter wait times but is drawing criticism.
Gaza has been off-limits to tourists since Hamas took over in 2007. A veteran Palestinian tour guide leads NPR to see the sites, including a palace, a mosque and a bathhouse.
The protests were spurred by the closure of two Palestinian-owned businesses amid a larger government crackdown on Syrian refugees. Palestinians make up about 10% of Lebanon's population.
"We are aiming for a comprehensive solution," Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt tells NPR. "We're prepared to weather criticism from all sides."