Updated 1:43 p.m. ET, 4/28/2014
(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce a bill this week to cut foreign aid to the Palestinian government unless it recognizes Israel's right to exist, the senator announced Monday.
His proposal comes as the rival movements of Hamas and Fatah in the Palestinian territories reached a deal to form a unity government, a potentially major development as the Palestinian Authority seeks statehood.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's former special envoy to the Middle East lauded the president's trip to the region this week, describing it in an interview on CNN "Newsroom" on Saturday as "both significant and successful."
Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as Jordan's King Abdullah before boarding his flight back to the White House Saturday morning.
(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with leaders from Israel and the Palestinian Authority, among others, during his first weekend on the job, according to a readout released by the State Department on Sunday.
The former senator from Massachusetts spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the country's recent elections and the Middle East peace process. He also talked to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas about Israeli-Palestinian relations and vowed to continue efforts with Congress to send funds to the authority.
Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say that Israel's current military strikes against Gaza are justified, according to a new national survey.
A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates that 57% of the public says Israel is justified in taking military action in Gaza against Hamas, with one in four saying the attacks are unjustified.
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stands by his support for a Palestinian state, his spokesman said Saturday, despite his comment about an "invented Palestinian people" that has drawn fire from leaders in the West Bank and from a GOP rival.
Gingrich backs a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, said his spokesman, R.C. Hammond. But the Gingrich camp made no apology for the remark - which some Palestinian leaders declared "racist" - saying the former House speaker was simply referencing "decades of complex history."
(CNN) - Senior Palestinian leaders on Saturday strongly criticized comments by Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich that the Palestinians are an "invented" people, calling them ignorant and racist.
Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the Gingrich remark was "the most racist statement I've ever seen."
(CNN) - GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich suggested in an interview aired on Friday that those living in the Palestinian territories are an "invented people."
"I believe that the Jewish people have the right to have a state," Gingrich said on The Jewish Channel. "Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we've had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, who are historically part of the Arab community."
Washington (CNN) - Most Americans don't think that the Palestinians should be allowed to become full members of the United Nations, according to a new national survey. And the CNN/ORC International Poll also indicates that only four in ten support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza, but that there's a wide partisan divide over the issue.
See full results (PDF)
Washington (CNN) - In his 2010 book "Fed Up!" about all that is wrong with U.S. governance, Texas Gov. Rick Perry never mentioned Israel or Palestinians.
A year later, as a Republican presidential hopeful, Perry jumped into the complex and thorny Middle East issue this week by harshly criticizing President Barack Obama's policies in the region.
Aiken, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the Palestinians pursuing United Nations full membership is a sign of United States "weakness" that they are exploiting under President Barack Obama's leadership.
The former Pennsylvania senator told about 100 people attending an Aiken Republican party luncheon that if he were running the country, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would not have shown up at this week's United Nation's General Assembly in New York.