Israel

1:29am

Tue August 21, 2012
Middle East

Don't Charge That Electric Car Battery; Just Change It

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:01 am

Better Place is building a network of electric car battery changing stations throughout Israel. The idea is to make changing a spent electric battery as easy as pulling into the gas station for gasoline. Here, Better Place CEO Shai Agassi is shown in front of a cutaway model of an electric car at the company's showroom in Tel Aviv earlier this month.
Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR

It looks like a bright new car wash, but it's a battery swapping station for electric cars in Israel. When a vehicle pulls up, it is slowly pulled through a conveyor. The spent battery is taken out and replaced with one that is fully charged. The entire process takes less than five minutes.

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1:03am

Tue August 14, 2012
Middle East

Palestinians Fear New Israeli Moves In West Bank

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 7:25 am

Israeli army tractors demolish a Palestinian home on Nov. 24, 2011, in the village of Yatta near Hebron, reported to be in Area C, an Israeli-controlled section of the West Bank. Recently, Israel has issued orders to evacuate and demolish more Palestinian communities in Area C, the largest section of the West Bank.
Abed Al Hashlamoun EPA/Landov

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been frozen for almost two years. But Palestinians say that doesn't mean events aren't happening on the ground.

Recently, the Israeli military issued orders calling for evacuation and demolition of nearly a dozen Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank. Palestinians see this as evidence of Israeli plans to annex the territory, though Israel denies this.

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5:08am

Thu August 9, 2012
Religion

Blurry Glasses Are A Solution To An Age-Old Conflict

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 6:48 am

Conservative men from many religions demand that women dress modestly so the men can avoid feeling tempted. Some ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in Israel are selling special glasses that blur men's vision so they can't see women clearly.

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4:55am

Thu August 9, 2012
Middle East

Israel Monitors Egypts Call To Modify Treaty

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:44 am

Israeli soldiers look at their Egyptian counterparts from their side of the border Wednesday at the Kerem Shalom border crossing, where an attack by Islamist militants on Sunday killed 16 Egyptian soldiers.
Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR

Israel is welcoming Egypt's military efforts to stamp out Islamist militants in the Sinai following the recent border attack there that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers. The Jewish state has long been concerned over the situation in the Sinai, where there's been an upsurge in violence.

But calls in Egypt to modify the peace treaty with Israel — allowing Egypt to strengthen its security in the Sinai — has also led to concern in Israel.

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10:38am

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Following Attack, Egypt Deploys Helicopter Gunships To Sinai

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:41 am

A photo released by the Israeli army shows Israeli chief of staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz inspecting a burnt vehicle near the Kerem Shalom border crossing after unidentified gunmen crossed into Israel from Egypt.
Gal Ashuach AFP/Getty Images

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said a Sunday attack that left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead should serve as "wake-up call for the Egyptians to take matters into their own hands."

The New York Times reports this was the deadliest attack on Egyptian soldiers in recent memory and highlights both the tension between Egypt's new government and Israel and the fact that the attack means an escalation of violence in the Sinai Peninsula.

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