Stories from Daniel Estrin
Daniel is an American journalist in the Middle East. He reports for The World, the Associated Press and other media.
Arts, Culture & Media
What does Berlin have that Tel Aviv doesn't? A cheaper cost of living, more cultural and artistic opportunities, the allure of a European city. And many disco balls.
Israel's chief archivist moved to Israel as a kid from Chicago. He's in charge of state archives located in a secret Jerusalem installation. His mission? He wants to usher in a new era of openness.
On Sunday, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas hosted an unprecedented meeting with several hundred Israeli students and activists at his Ramallah headquarters. The Israeli Army ordinarily forbids visits of its Jewish citizens to the Palestinian city. And Abbas had conciliatory words for his visitors.
Lifestyle & Belief
Traffic cop "love notes" in Israel generally follow a standard format. They begin with a courteous greeting: “Dear Officer.” Then they explain why the offender is parked illegally, and why that’s OK, and why they do not deserve parking tickets.
With an impossible coalition of ministers who want to leave the West Bank and ministers who do not want to leave the West Bank, perhaps letting the people make the tough choices could be one way to keep the Israeli government from tearing itself apart.