Pope Francis appealed repeatedly to peace in the Middle East during his visit to the Holy Land in reference to the Syrian war and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. He made an unscheduled stop at the separation wall near Bethlehem to pray there and invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine to go to the Vatican to pray together for peace with him.

Israel suspends talks with Palestinian Authority over Fatah-Hamas unity deal | Haaretz.

Eight years in comma before death. Terrible. Ariel Sharon has been politically dead since 2006. Now he’s been praised by some as a man of peace and a pragmatic. But his years as a Prime Minister were ones of great violence.

Warning that time is running out, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United Nations to end Israeli settlement building on Palestinian land and thus giving a last chance for renewed peace talks to resolve the Middle East conflict within the allotted nine-month timeframe.