Israel

9:00am

Sat May 24, 2014
marc on the blues

Ori Naftaly Band: They Get The Blues In Israel Too

Ori Naftaly Band hanging out in Winter Park, Colo., June 30, 2013.
Courtesy of the artist

Although Ori Naftaly Band comes from a country with hardly any Blues scene, they have figured things out well enough to become the first Israeli band ever to have reached the Semi-Finals of the International Blues Competition.

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3:01am

Fri May 23, 2014
World

Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 8:25 am

Father Ibrahim Shomali, a Palestinian priest, holds prayer vigils every Friday in the Cremisan Valley near Bethlehem. Israel is planning to build a wall, citing security needs, on agricultural land here owned by a local monastery. Shomali has asked Pope Francis to intervene.
Emily Harris NPR

When Pope Francis visits Jerusalem on Monday, he will celebrate Mass in one of the holiest Christian sites in the world.

The Cenacle, or the Upper Room, is traditionally considered the place where Christ shared his Last Supper with disciples before he was crucified.

But the spot is holy not only to Christians. Below, some Jews believe, is the tomb of King David. A mosque has also stood on this site.

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11:38am

Fri October 4, 2013
World

Netanyahu's Push: Countering Iranian Leader's Charm Offensive

Originally published on Sun October 6, 2013 7:07 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday in New York City.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

It must be draining to do eight interviews in a row, but Benjamin Netanyahu seemed energized by it. The Israeli prime minister walked into our meeting in a New York hotel room bantering and smiling. He commented on the shades (pulled down to avoid a backlit photo) and noticed a novel that our engineer had brought along. Netanyahu picked it up and looked it over — a novel by Joe Hill, the pen name for the son of Stephen King.

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4:19pm

Thu October 3, 2013
World

Israel's Netanyahu Says He'd 'Consider' A Meeting With New Iranian Leader

Originally published on Sun October 6, 2013 7:06 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Andrew Gombert AP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered some rare, if fleeting, hope Thursday in regard to his country's relationship with Iran.

In an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, he said the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "might" offer an opportunity for diplomacy and that he would "consider" meeting him.

"I don't care about the meeting. I don't have a problem with the diplomatic process," Netanyahu said.

"You're saying you would meet him?" Steve asked.

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1:21am

Thu October 3, 2013
Middle East

Israel Eases Restriction On Building Materials To Gaza Strip

Originally published on Sun October 6, 2013 7:05 am

Palestinians inspect trucks loaded with iron arriving from Israel through the Kerem Shalom border crossing into Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on Sept. 22. The delivery of the materials to the private sector is a first since the Hamas takeover in 2007.
Hatem Moussa AP

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