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Israeli border police officers fire during during clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers at the Kalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. President Barack Obama's Mideast envoy finds himself increasingly hamstrung, with Israel's foreign minister on Thursday all but ruling out a peace deal for years to come and the Palestinian leader weakened by his decision not to push for a Gaza war crimes tribunal against Israel. Photo by Issam Rimawi