Michal Chernovitsky was one of several ultra-Orthodox women who ran for a seat on the all-male local council in El'ad, Israel. None of the women won a spot in Tuesday's vote, but they said they would continue to be active in politics. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Candidates for town council Michal Chernovitsky (left) and Adina Ruhamkin campaign in a park in El'ad, or Forever God, a small religious community in Israel. They could be the first women on El'ad's council, and the first ultra-Orthodox women to win public office in Israel. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Followers of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef mourn outside his home in Jerusalem on Monday. The rabbi, who transformed his downtrodden community into a powerful force in Israeli politics, died at age 93. Sebastian Scheiner/AP hide caption

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives Monday at the White House to meet with President Obama. The two are expected to discuss Iran's nuclear program, Syria's civil war, and peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Vice President Joe Biden, projected on screens, gestures as he addresses the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2013 Policy Conference in March. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Syrian refugees stand in line for food at Kawergost refugee camp in Irbil, Iraq, on Aug. 21. The Syrian civil war has already sparked a refugee crisis in the region. Now, many countries are waiting to see the effects of a possible U.S. military strike. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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In early August, Israel launched a mass campaign to vaccinate children against polio, including this little girl at a clinic in Rahat. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An image taken from an amateur video shows an Israeli soldier dancing atop a Palestinian man's shoulders to the song "Gangnam Style." The soldier and his colleagues have been suspended. YouTube hide caption

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Ruth Calderon, a religious scholar, recently became a member of Israeli's parliament and has been a leading voice on issues that often divide the country's religious and secular communities. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Violence has decreased in recent years, but there are still occasional clashes. Here, Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli soldiers on Aug. 9 near the West Bank city of Nablus. Nedal Eshtayah/APA/Landov hide caption

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Cement mixers in Rawabi, a planned Palestinian town in the West Bank, about 25 miles north of Jerusalem. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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