Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and prison in Saudi Arabia.
Two men entered the synagogue armed with guns, knives and axes.
The decision to work with Israel's new government is stoking new tensions.
Hopes for a resumption of peace talks appear slim.
“Kerry has proven himself unsuitable for the position he holds,” Cruz said.
White House says the two sides need to consider their options.
Several lawmakers expressed outrage over the idea of releasing the convicted spy.
A meeting comes just before a deadline to complete talks on a framework for peace.
Ties between the administration and Saudi Arabia have frayed over Iran, Egypt.
Obama did a favor for pro-Israel lawmakers by declaring Israel a “Jewish state."
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Obama intends to highlight U.S. support for kingdom with quick visit.
McCain said delays in aid would "fuel the growing danger" to the U.S. and allies.
Cantor slammed a unity government with Hamas that was sworn in Monday.
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The president defended the "tireless" work of Kerry on a Middle East peace deal.
White House criticizes "unhelpful" actions by both sides.
An official said Kerry had “possible meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah over the next day.”
President Obama is poised to jump head first into peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
The president is planning to repair badly frayed ties with one of America's key allies.
The mass release of prisoners is slated for early next week.
The secretary of Sate will arrive in Jerusalem five days after last leaving it.
The secretary of State shuttled between Jerusalem and the West Bank to save faltering talks.