Tensions are growing as Israel prepares to release the first Palestinian prisoners. But many Israelis as well as Palestinians are hoping for progress on the peace process.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has denied a request to pardon Elor Azaria, who is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter after killing a wounded Palestinian attacker.
Notorious cult leader Charles Manson passed away on Sunday evening in a hospital in Kern County, California. Manson directed a series of gruesome murders, including that of Hollywood star Sharon Tate.
Palestinian officials have slammed plans by the Trump administration to shutter the PLO's mission in Washington DC. The rupture in relations could have major implications for the White House's Middle East policy.
A selfie of Miss Israel and Miss Iraq taken in Las Vegas and posted by both contestants on Instagram has unleashed a digital diplomatic debate. Intended as a message of peace for the Middle East, it has drawn criticism.
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