A truck loaded with flowers and strawberries crosses the Gaza Strip's Rafah border into Egypt on Nov. 28 after Israel granted special approval for the export of a small amount of Palestinian products from the Gaza Strip to Europe. Sealed off from the outside world, Gaza's farmers are entering their fourth year of export restrictions, imposed by Israel after the Islamist Hamas party took control of the impoverished strip. Said Khatib /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Two Jewish and a Palestinian family share an uneasy coexistence in this courtyard home in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. An Israeli group is trying to restore a Jewish majority to the ancient walled enclave, building by building -- including this one. Maya Levin for NPR hide caption

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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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