President Mahmoud Abbas
Israel’s prime minister has ordered authorities to destroy the homes of the attackers who killed four people in a Jerusalem synagogue.
Israeli police said four worshipers were killed and six wounded on Tuesday in an attack on a synagogue in an ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood in west Jerusalem.
The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday.
The Chinese government says it is willing to set up a meeting between the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president when the two leaders visit Beijing next week, if the sides expressed interest in doing so.
When President Barack Obama steps into the Middle East’s political cauldron this coming week, he won’t be seeking any grand resolution for the region’s vexing problems.