U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lodged a protest over Israel's decision to legalize four West Bank outposts, officials said.
Jerusalem will always be the capital of Israel, never the capital of a future Palestinian state, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said.
Two Palestinian journalists said they were detained and questioned this week by the Palestinian authority, despite a promise to respect freedom of the press.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Israeli-Palestinian peace had an urgent, new opportunity to make headway, and he intended to take advantage of it.
China expects to play a bigger role in the Middle East, analysts said, as new leader Xi Jinping hosted both Palestinian and Israeli leaders.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived Sunday in China, saying he planned to ask China to help the Palestinian economy.
China offered Friday to mediate any talks between the prime minister of Israel and the president of the Palestinian Authority while both men are in the country.
Israeli politicians delivered a mixed response to a U.S.-sponsored Arab Peace initiative ratified by the Arab League, officials said.
The release of Palestinians jailed in Israel will reflect Jerusalem's commitment to peace talks, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged cooperation Saturday as he announced the beginning of talks on forming a unity government.