Nelson Mandela, the former South African president whose stubborn defiance survived 27 years in prison and led to the dismantling of the country's racist and brutal apartheid system, has died. Mandela was 95 years old.
With more than 1.6 million members, Christians United for Israel has become a powerful force in pro-Israel advocacy in American politics. However, many Jews remain skeptical of evangelical support for Israel.
Secretary of State John Kerry will present the outlines of a West Bank security plan in meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week, stepping up American involvement in hopes of reviving faltering Mideast peace efforts.