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Avigdor Lieberman, who became Israel's new defense minister this week, visits Jerusalem's Old City on March 9. Lieberman's hard-line positions and controversial remarks have ignited fierce debate in Israel and beyond. Mahmoud Illean/AP hide caption

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Here's Why Israel's New Defense Minister Is So Controversial

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Ronit Shy stands in front of the construction site for the building that will be her future home. She was among 200 Israelis who won a housing lottery with 6,000 entrants. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Amid Skyrocketing Housing Prices, A Push For Affordable Homes In Israel

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A mural on the wall of the boys' high school in Sair, a Palestinian town in the West Bank. More than a dozen young men from Sair were killed by Israeli forces since last fall, including during attacks on Israelis. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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A Fall In Knife Attacks On Israelis, Amid A Shifting Palestinian Mood

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A cart in the garden of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem displays produce grown in Gaza: tomatoes, sweet potatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, green onions and herbs. Like all products leaving Gaza, this shipment needed Israeli approval. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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A kindergarten teacher in Jerusalem stands with students as they listen to sirens that played nationwide on Thursday to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, a new national Holocaust curriculum is being fully implemented in kindergarten. Ellen Krosney for NPR hide caption

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In Israeli Kindergartens, An Early Lesson In The Holocaust

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Israeli Yosef Haim Ben-David (center), the ringleader in the killing of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in 2014, is escorted by Israeli policemen at the district court in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Ahmad Gharabli /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The mother (right) of Abdel Hamid Abu Srour (portrait) mourns with family members as she receives condolences at the Al-Ruwad Center in the Aida Refugee Camp near Bethlehem on Friday. Musa Al Shaer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Is This Week's Jerusalem Suicide Bombing A Warning Of More To Come?

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McDonald's is super popular in Israel — the chain even offers potato-starch hamburger buns, like this one, that are kosher for Passover. But now McD's is fighting back against the Israeli health ministry's accusations that it's "junk food." Daniel Estrin for NPR hide caption

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Israeli soldiers watch as a machine drills holes on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip, as they search for tunnels reportedly used by Hamas for fighting Israel, on Feb. 10. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The View Of Gaza, On 24/7 Video

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A view of Gaza City's Shujaya neighborhood shows this rebuilt home surrounded by others that were destroyed in 2014 and have not yet been reconstructed. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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In Gaza, A Few New, Shiny Homes Rise Amid The Rubble

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Arab-Israeli colleagues react to the departure of the last Palestinian SodaStream employees from the company's plant in the Israeli city of Rahat on Feb. 29. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When 500 Palestinians Lose Their Jobs At SodaStream, Who's To Blame?

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Bassam Aramin, 46, grew up hating Israel and spent seven years in an Israeli prison. But he gradually came to believe that negotiation, not violence, was the only way to resolve the conflict. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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A Palestinian Takes A Different Road In His Fight

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What Happens When You Empathize With The Enemy

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A woman puts a placard at the site of a blast on Istiklal Street, a major shopping and tourist district, in central Istanbul, on Saturday. The sign reads in Turkish, "We are not afraid, we are here, we won't adjust," according to an AFP translation. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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