The job of defense minister is seen as Israel's second-most powerful post. And now it's in the hands of a man often described as "impulsive" and "ultranationalist." Avigdor Lieberman was sworn in on Monday.
Israeli-born writer Ayelet Waldman tried to put Israel out of her mind for 20 years. Now she and her husband, Michael Chabon, are bringing writers to the region to write about the West Bank occupation.