A hybrid solarized gas turbine power station owned by AORA Solar, a new Israeli company pushing solar hybrid technology, sits in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Samar. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In village of Ghajar on the Israeli-Lebanon border, a girl looks Thursday at an Israeli soldier as he takes his post. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a plan to withdraw from the northern half of the village. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images hide caption

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men walk at Judaism's holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews are exerting growing power over religious matters in Israel. Sebastian Scheiner/AP hide caption

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In the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Palestinians pass through an Israeli checkpoint on their way to pray in Jerusalem during the holy month of Ramadan in September 2010. Many Israeli leaders view the results of U.S. midterm elections -- and Republican takeover of the House -- favorably. Palestinians are less pleased with the outcome. Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP hide caption

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A new section is added to the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, close to the West Bank town of Hebron, on Oct. 17. Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening of the winter session Oct. 11 in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. AP hide caption

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Cindy and Craig Corrie, seen earlier this month in Jerusalem, are suing the Israeli Defense Forces to get a full accounting of their daughter's death. Rachel Corrie was crushed by a bulldozer as she tried to stop it from demolishing a Palestinian home in 2003. Sebastian Scheiner/AP hide caption

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Israel's separation barrier is seen along the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Khamis on March 4, 2009. Residents say the final portions were completed two weeks ago. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mohammed Saqar is seen in his classroom in Gaza where he works as an English teacher. Andrea Bruce/VII Network for NPR hide caption

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Young Palestinian men practice parkour, a sport that involves climbing and jumping on buildings and other structures, in Gaza City on July 26. Mohammed al-Jahbir (right, in orange shorts), 21, gets defensive when people are surprised that Palestinians are into parkour. "When anything new comes out in Gaza, everyone is like, 'Oh, wow, they do parkour? Oh, wow, they surf?' It should be normal that we do these things here, too," he says. Andrea Bruce/VII Network for NPR hide caption

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Thousands of Israeli supporters mark Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's fifth birthday in captivity in the Gaza Strip on Saturday at a rally outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem. Shalit was captured by Hamas-allied militants in 2006, when he was 19. Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinians enjoy the Mediterranean Sea at a Hamas-run beach resort in Gaza City. Ventures such as beach clubs, wedding halls and a shopping center are one way the militant Islamist group is strengthening its rule over the Gaza Strip. Andrea Bruce/VII Network for NPR hide caption

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