Israeli officials took quick action against the coronavirus this spring and reduced the rate of infections to one of the lowest in the world. The situation is quite different today. Experts say Israel went from being a model for other nations to a cautionary tale on what happens when a nation opens too much and too quickly.
A recent exchange of alleged cyberattacks on critical infrastructure between the two regional rivals is rattling the Middle East and threatens to change the unofficial but implicit agreement on the rules of engagement.
After the United States killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded the move. Israel’s security forces went on alert. Meanwhile, Iranian Jews in Israel say they hope for a day when they can go back to visit Iran.
Over the summer, Ethiopian Israelis held protests in several cities after a police officer shot and killed an Ethiopian teenager. Protesters said they were upset about police brutality, discrimination and racism. Those issues were still on the minds of two Ethiopian candidates for the Knesset in the run-up to last month's election in Israel.
Michel Bacos chose to stay with his Jewish passengers who were being held hostage in Entebbe, Uganda, in 1976. He "took over immediately as a real captain and as a real commander, remembers one of the youngest passengers on the flight.
Former military general Benny Gantz seems eager to make it clear that he can be Israel’s next Mr. Security, distinguishing himself from Benjamin Netanyahu with a strong anti-corruption message while the prime minister faces corruption charges and a looming indictment.
Correspondent Daniel Estrin reports on a heavy metal band Orphaned Land based in Tel Aviv whose music is providing a soundtrack for social change as young Egyptians rally for democracy across the Middle East.
The authors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer have drawn fierce criticism in the US for their book, "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy,ï¿½ and some Jewish leaders have accused them of being anti-Semitic and anti-Israel
Today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar. In Israel, the ï¿½day of atonementï¿½ means that much of the country simply stops. In Tel Aviv, the holiday has turned into a festival of bicycles. The World's Matthew Bell reports.
For our Global Hit we turn to Matthew Bell who's usually on the foreign policy beat, but who also has a strong interest in music. wanted to find out what people are listening to in Israel. He visited a CD shop in Tel Aviv and asked the owner.
Diplomatic efforts to end the fighting in Gaza are in high gear. For the latest on the troubling situation in Gaza we turn to Laura Trevelyan, the BBC's U.N. correspondent, who joins us while traveling with Ban Ki-Moon from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Scientists in Israel how found a process to fabricate DNA. The Takeaway talks to Timothy Bestor, professor of genetics and development at Columbia University, and Tania Simoncelli, a science advisor at the American Civil Liberties Union.