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In raging Middle East, Israel wins time with Palestinian peace talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Pressured by Washington, worried about its international standing and perturbed by Middle East turmoil, Israel had many reasons to return to peace talks with the Palestinians this week after a three year hiatus.Full story

Leiderman picked to be Israel central bank chief

Israel's prime minister has appointed economist Professor Leonardo Leiderman as central bank chief following the withdrawal of the former candidate. Full story

Israel to approve prisoner deal in push to revive Palestinian talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel was expected on Sunday to approve releasing more than 100 Arab prisoners as a step to renew stalled peace talks with the Palestinians ahead of plans to convene negotiators in Washington later this week. Full story

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  Internationalizing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Matt Duss, director of Middle East Progress at the Center for American Progress, joins the Up with Chris Hayes panel for a talk about democratization in other Middle Eastern countries and the importance of Turkey in maintaining a stable, peaceful region.

  How recent history set the context for Obama’s Israel trip

With other recent presidential speeches in mind, Chris Hayes and his guests talk about what can substantively come out of President Obama’s trip to Israel, whether negotiations can be re-started right now, and Secretary of State John Kerry’s possible role in working behind the scenes.

  First Read Minute: Elections have consequences

The strained relations between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seem to be a thing of the past. This new bro-mance proves elections have consequences, and both leaders may realize they need to deal with one another over the next four years, NBC’s Mark Murray and Domenico

  Fierce urgency for a two-state solution?

The New Republic’s Ben Birnbaum joins Alex Wagner and the NOW panel from Tel Aviv to talk about “Operation Desert Schmooze” and the relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

  Relationship ‘warms’ between Obama and Netanyahu

During the second day of his Middle East tour, headlines from around the world are playing up the ‘warming’ relationship between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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