This week, violent outbreaks plagued the Middle East, brewing discussion and tension. On Monday night, a gunman from the West Bank killed off-duty police officer Baruch Mizrachi as he was on his way to a Passover seder with his family. Clashes between the IDF and Palestinians in the West Bank also continued throughout the week. Amidst the violence, on Thursday, US Special Envoy Martin Indyk met with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and is scheduled to continue talks today with each party separately. On Tuesday, Israeli ministers from the Labor and Meretz parties met with PA President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the current state of the talks.