December 5, 2012 High-level diplomacy helped avert a disaster last month, in a dispute over the unpaid water bill of one of Christendom's holiest sites. The water company that supplies the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem said it owed $2.3 million. Eventually, the bill was waived — but the church now promises to pay going forward.
November 30, 2012 The country's ultra-Orthodox Jews control kosher certification, but some restaurants are raising objections and forming their own rival certification association. The dispute is part of a wider debate over how Israel should manage the relationship between church and state.
November 22, 2012 Gazans salvaged what they could from bombed homes after eight days of war as life returned to the streets of the city. Gaza has been through two major conflicts in the past four years. Many families have experienced multiple tragedies, including the family of Mahmoud Qurtom.