There's growing tension in Israel between the most ardent, ultra-Orthodox Jews and the country's more mainstream secular and moderate communities. Some of the Haredim want to impose greater restrictions on the public space in the Jewish state.
Shay Charka is perhaps the only syndicated Israeli cartoonist living in a West Bank settlement. And while he's against giving the Palestinians land in exchange for peace, he doesn't fall in with the radical extremists either.
In various media reportes Friday, Iran threatened tor retaliate against the west for what it says was the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists.
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, an Iranian nuclear scientist, was assassinated in Iran on Wednesday, the latest sign of a covert campaign to subvert Iran's nuclear ambitions. Meanwhile, the Doomsday Clock has moved a minute closer to midnight.
The Israeli Army is being confronted by threats from its own people and its own soldiers. Some soldiers are believed to have passed sensitive information to settlers. Some settlers are accused of vandalism. Tensions between the more religious and more secular, especially over settlements in the West Bank, are rising.
Iran says that if the U.S. goes forward with its threat to impose sanctions on the country's central bank, which could cripple its oil exports, then it will shutdown the Straits of the Hormuz. The U.S. says that's just one red line that should Iran cross would trigger military actions.
A bill under consideration by the Israeli Knesset would ban the use of loud speakers in religious ceremonies. Though it would apply uniformly across religions, most say it's targeting the call to prayer played from speakers at mosques.
COMET-ME was established to help some of the dozens of Palestinian villages that aren't hooked up to any electric grid. By setting up solar panels and wind turbines, the company provides power to villages that previously had none.
Hundreds of years ago, two groups of Jews moved to India and settled in an area along the Malabar Coast. Now, fewer than 40 remain, the rest having emigrated to Israel after it was formed or died of old age. But this year, they'll light the menorah at their now-closed synagogue to celebrate Hanukkah.
In Israel, there's a concerted effort to get more Christian tourists to visit the Holy Land and visit the churches, and shrines that dot Israel and the West Bank. There's a financial incentive, as each tourist typically spends about $1,700 but also a political motivation. They're hoping to make each tourist a sort of ambassador of Israel.