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Israelis look nervously across to Syria

by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

October 4, 2012 | 10:24 am

Israeli soldiers in the Golan Heights on Sept. 19. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

The Golan Heights on the border between Israel and Syria is a favorite holiday destination for Israelis, and thousands were hiking and picnicking there during the recent holidays. But the... read full article

  • Palestinian street begins to sound like Spring

    by Michael Friedson, The Media Line

    October 4, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Since the beginning of the Arab Spring almost two years ago, the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been remarkably quiet. There have been no large demonstrations against what Palestinians call the ongoing Israeli occupation; or against President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam...

  • Israel’s separation barrier could damage ancient Roman aqueduct

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    October 3, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Water from natural springs burbles in the ancient Roman stone aqueduct as it carries water downward to this village’s ancient terraces. Palestinian families grow olives, cabbage and eggplant today the same way they did more than 2,000 years ago.

    “Each family here gets water one...

  • Bibi’s popularity on upswing

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    October 1, 2012 | 11:21 am

    As Israelis began the observance of Sukkot, a weeklong religious holiday celebrating the end of the harvest, talk on the streets was of travel plans and family visits. Many Israelis build a sukkah, an outdoor hut open to the stars, as commanded in the Bible, where they eat their...

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  • Egypt’s president in U.S., seeks to chart a new course

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    September 24, 2012 | 10:06 am

    As Mohammed Morsi makes his first visit to the United States since becoming Egypt’s first democratically elected president to attend the annual opening sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, an Egyptian court has sentenced 14 Islamists to death-by-hanging and four to life...

  • Hamas worried as Egypt closes tunnels

    by Linda Gradstein and Omar Ghraib, The Media Line

    September 20, 2012 | 9:24 am

    For years, the tunnel economy in the Gaza Strip has flourished. An estimated 1,000 tunnels were burrowed underground, connecting the southern Gaza town of Rafah and the Egyptian–controlled Sinai Peninsula. Everything from new cars (cut up into pieces for shipping) to cigarettes to...

  • Palestinians insulted by Mitt Romney’s comments

    by Linda Gradstein and Felice Friedson, The Media Line

    September 19, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    Just eight weeks before the American presidential elections, Palestinians are furious over comments by Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The private remarks were made in May to wealthy donors but released only now.

    Palestinians are “committed to the destruction and elimination of...

  • On the ground in Syria

    by Michel Stors, The Media Line

    September 12, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    It started with a routine border crossing. 

    The Turkish border guard at the Bab Al-Salama crossing point glanced at my passport, pounded a few keys on his keyboard and tossed the travel document back at me. My Syrian guide said a few words in Turkish, then we got back into his...

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