It has been a difficult year for Israelis and Palestinians, with the failure of peace talks and a string of violent incidents that shows no signs of ending. Here is a look at some key recent events:
April 24: Nine months of U.S.-mediated peace talks collapse.
May 15: Two Palestinian teens killed in a West Bank clash with Israeli troops on the day that Palestinians mark their uprooting during the Mideast war over Israel's 1948 creation.
June 2: A Palestinian unity government is sworn in, a major step toward reconciliation between the rival Fatah and Hamas factions. Israel denounces the government because it includes Hamas.
June 12: Three Israeli teenagers — Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel — are abducted and killed by Hamas operatives in the West Bank.
June 13: Israel launches a broad military operation to find the teens, arresting hundreds of Hamas members. Hamas militants in Gaza respond with rocket attacks.
July 2: Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian from east Jerusalem, is abducted near his home and burned to death by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack for the deaths of the Israeli teens. The death triggers violent protests.
July 8: Israel launches a military campaign against Hamas in Gaza after heavy rocket fire on Israeli cities. The war lasts 50 days and kills more than 2,100 Palestinians, according to the United Nations. Seventy-two people die on the Israeli side.
Oct. 1: Israel gives final approval for construction of a new housing development in east Jerusalem, the section of the city claimed by the Palestinians as their future capital.
Oct. 2: Israeli nationalists move into apartments secretly purchased in the heart of the Arab neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem.
Oct. 20: Israeli nationalists move into more apartments in Silwan.
Oct. 22: A Palestinian rams his car into a crowded Jerusalem train station, killing a 3-month-old Israeli-American girl and a woman from Ecuador. The attack comes after weeks of clashes around a sensitive holy site revered by Jews and Muslims.
Oct. 29: A Palestinian on a motorcycle shoots and seriously wounds Yehuda Glick, an Israeli-American rabbi campaigning for more Jewish access to the contested Jerusalem holy site.
Nov. 5: A Hamas militant slams a minivan into crowd waiting for a train in Jerusalem, killing two.
Nov. 8: Israeli police shoot and kill an Arab Israeli protester at a demonstration in northern Israel. Video indicates the man was walking away from the officer when shot.
Nov. 10: Palestinian attackers kill two Israelis in Tel Aviv and the West Bank in separate stabbing attacks.
Nov. 13: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman; the trio agrees on steps to defuse tensions at Jerusalem holy site.
Nov. 14: Israel lifts age restriction at holy site; Friday prayers go off without incident.
Nov. 16: Police say Israeli man stabbed in the back by an "Arab" attacker in Jerusalem and wounded. Assailant escapes.
Nov. 17: Israeli government says it will step up punitive demolitions, gives notices to families of Palestinian attackers
Nov. 18: Two Palestinians storm Jerusalem synagogue, kill four and wound six.