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BETHLEHEM, Israel — Jesus’ traditional birthplace has long been linked to tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. On Sunday, around 1,000 athletes took a step towards transforming Bethlehem’s modern image by running in the first official Palestinian marathon.
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PETRA, Jordan — President Barack Obama marveled at the sights of Jordan’s ancient city of Petra on Saturday as he wrapped up a four-day Middle East tour by setting aside weighty diplomatic matters and playing tourist for a day.
President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Israeli people to put themselves in the shoes of Palestinians and recognize their “right to self-determination, their right to justice.”
In a televised speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center, Obama said there should be “two states for two peoples.”
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During a wide-ranging press conference in Jerusalem, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed Middle East conflicts and a potential two-state solution.
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Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both spoke of the “unbreakable” bond between their two countries, after the president arrived in Israel on Wednesday.
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Incoming Secretary of State John Kerry had a busy first weekend on the job, calling Palestinian, Israeli, Turkish, Canadian and Mexican officials.
In his conversation Sunday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry said President Barack Obama “is very interested in the peace process and aware of the economic hardships of the Palestinian people,” Abbas spokesman Nabel Abu Rdeneh said.
With truce holding, children in Gaza return to school for the first time since fierce fighting began
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Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children headed back to school for the first time Saturday in 10 days, in another indication normal life was returning after cross-border violence in which 166 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.
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Thousands of Palestinians filled Gaza City’s main square on Thursday to celebrate their “victory” in the latest round of violence with Israel, even as rescue workers were still sifting through the rubble of a home in the neighborhood of El Nasr on the city’s outskirts.
BREAKING: Egypt and US announce cease fire between Gaza and Israel
BREAKING NEWS: Egypt announces cease-fire between Israel, Hamas effective Wednesday evening at 9pm Cairo time (2pm ET). More details to come on this developing story at www.nbcnews.com
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As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Tel Aviv, a Hamas official said a truce with Israel would not be reached Tuesday because the Israeli government had yet to respond to proposals.
Despite rumors of an imminent truce, Israel and Hamas remain miles apart in coming to a real deal. Each side is blaming the other for starting the current conflict – and both are insistent that the other stop first.
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Israel was prepared to substantially broaden its operation in the Gaza strip, the country’s prime minister said on Sunday as its military planes continued to bomb targets in Gaza City.
As Israeli and Palestinian forces clash in Gaza this week, those same armies are engaging in a real-time battle of hashtags and twitpics, trying to win the hearts and minds of watchers around the globe.