Syria has been embroiled in a bitter civil war for more than two years. That prompted one Syrian woman, Ahlam, to come to America to give birth to her daughter, near her family. But now, with her husband unable to leave, she's preparing to return to the violence that is Syria today.
There's been relative peace and quiet between Israel and Syria for years. Sure, Israel would occasionally strike out at what it saw as Syria threatening its security, but things have mostly remained quiet. But, recently, as Syria's civil wars devolves into mayhem, the peace had been punctured with threats and missile strikes.
Boston is beginning to consider how to permanently honor the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks, they might look to Tel Aviv for ideas of how to construct and maintain the appropriate memorial. Tel Aviv has a lot of experience remembering the victims of terrorism.
Late last week and over the weekend, Israel is believed to have conducted two airstrikes on Syria -- designed to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of their Hezbollah enemies. But some have said this was really a proxy for an attack on Iran.
In the early days after World War II, a few Jewish Holocaust survivors set out to punish Germans for the Holocaust perpetrated by the country's Nazi leaders. What, exactly, they accomplished in many ways remains unknown. But one survivor was recently willing to discuss, in vague terms, his participation.
It's long been known that Hezbollah was supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad in its battle to retain control of Syria. But this week, Hezbollah's leader came out publicly stating it was backing Assad. The announcement, though, could portend expansion of the Syrian conflict beyond Syria.
Israel is in the tough position of being close to Syria and having a history of conflict with the country. As evidence mounts that Syria has used chemical weapons on its own citizens, Israel has drawn its own lines that its ambassador to the United States says it won't allow Syria to cross.
In the contentious relationship between Israel and the Palestinians, prisoners in Israeli prisons play a major role. And they could prove to be both a stumbling block and an opportunity as the two sides consider restarting their peace process.
American hospitals don't have deep experience with injuries from explosions in urban areas. When the hospitals were faced with treating hundreds wounded by the Boston Marathon attacks, they could have been overwhelmed. But they weren't, in part because of lessons learned by Israel.
Over the weekend, runners gathered in Bethlehem to run the city's first-ever marathon. While the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian situation and the Boston Marathon attacks influenced the events, the races went off without any problems.