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Farmer Efi Cohen inspects almond trees on a kibbutz south of Jerusalem. The Israeli government says it's safe to use treated sewage water to irrigate tree fruit, but not all crops. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Israel Bets On Recycled Water To Meet Its Growing Thirst

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Qatari official Mohammed al-Emadi (left) visits Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City on March 12. Israel has accused Qatar of financing Hamas weaponry but still allows Qatar to spends millions in Gaza on aid and development projects. Ashraf Amra/APA/Landov hide caption

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Why Israel Lets Qatar Give Millions To Hamas

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The Hadera desalination plant is one of five built in Israel after a severe drought in the 1990s. Along with conservation efforts and water recycling, the plants have helped end Israel's chronic water shortages. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Israel Bringing Its Years Of Desalination Experience To California

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (center) with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Lausanne, Switzerland, after talks over Iran's nuclear program wrapped up in April. Brendan Smialowski/AP hide caption

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Ari Zivotofsky (right) with his son, Menachem, outside the Supreme Court in 2011. Menachem, now 12, was born in Jerusalem, but the court ruled Israel cannot be noted as the birthplace on his passport. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Court Sides With President Over Congress In 'Jerusalem' Passport Dispute

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A young man walks by holes made by the Egyptian military to destroy smuggling tunnels connected to Gaza. The demolitions have put pressure on Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza and has long counted on smuggling tunnels as its lifeline. Ahmed Abd El Latif/AP hide caption

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Risky Gazans Begin Digging Out Smuggling Tunnels To Egypt Again

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Armed Palestinian masked militants push back a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque in Gaza City on August 22, 2014, before executing more than a dozen men for allegedly helping Israel during its six-week assault on the Palestinian enclave. This week, Amnesty International released a report saying that Hamas was responsible for these and other killings. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Under Cover Of Conflict, Hamas Killed Palestinians, Amnesty Alleges

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Haneen Radi, an Arab Israeli, wants to organize a marathon for her town of Tira, but was told the run couldn't include women. When she insisted, she received threats, and the back window of her car was shot out. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Trying To Organize A Marathon, An Arab-Israeli Woman Runs Into Opposition

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President Obama tells The Atlantic that the loss of Ramadi to the self-declared Islamic State is a "setback," but he denies the U.S. is losing to the group. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter kicks a ball during the inauguration of a football stadium in the village of Dura al-Qari near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday. Blatter said he is on a "mission of peace" to resolve tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations. Majdi Mohammed/AP hide caption

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For Israel, Soccer Becomes A Geopolitical Football

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Displaced Palestinians seek shelter in the courtyard of a United Nations-run elementary school in Jabaliya, a northern Gaza town, in July 2014 — shortly before the school was hit by what the UN says was Israeli artillery. Israel has opened a criminal investigation into the attack. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Will Israel Charge Soldiers In Gaza Civilian Deaths?

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Ayelet Shaked of the right-wing Jewish Home party, shown here on May 6, is Israel's new justice minister. During her two years in parliament, she called for bringing more conservative judges to Israel's highest court. Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Everyone's Talking About Israel's New Justice Minister

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Pope Francis meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014. The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized today. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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