Regions / Palestinian Territories
Both Israel and the United States seek to quash expectations that the visit will jump-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Two recent polls find that Palestinians are drifting towards Hamas and are more willing to engage in violent resistance to free themselves of occupation.
U.S. President Barack Obama's optimism about restarting the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians has been met with scepticism from many seasoned Middle East experts.
For President Mahmoud Abbas, the vote was a last-ditch attempt to boost his increasingly diminished relevance.
Soon after the 2006 war with Lebanon, it became clear that Israel's Achilles heel was the fear that demoralized its population.
The military disparity between Israel and Gaza is but the most violent among many.
Steadfast diplomatic and military U.S. support helped enable Israeli violations of international humanitarian law in Gaza.
Either the Israelis and Palestinians will move towards peace or towards more war -- there is no in-between.
It is impossible for American Jews to participate in their own communities without endorsing the atrocities perpetrated by Israel against Arabs.
The Obama administration gave Israel the go-ahead to escalate in Gaza.