In different phases of his life, Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister, sought to prepare Israel for both war and peace.
Once a bold experiment in communal living, Israel's kibbutzim have been in decline. Now some hope the farming collectives can provide fertile ground for the startup culture.
Security measures at Israel's main airport, one of the world's safest, are vastly different from those in Brussels. But there is a tradeoff.
An Israeli paper reported that Tel Aviv tech firm Cellebrite is helping the FBI unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. The company is a major player in the growing mobile forensics market and touts its ability to break into any mobile device.
Israeli educators and academics are alleging that right-wing religious political appointees have meddled in a revision of a high school civics textbook to water down discussion of democracy.
Even as tensions rise along the Gaza-Israel frontier, potato farmers from both sides are discussing ways to bolster the Palestinians' vital agriculture sector.
Hailed as a building block of a future state, a brand new West Bank city is struggling to persuade Palestinians to move out of their traditional communities.
Even as Israel loudly tangles with Sweden, the UN, and the US envoy, Netanyahu is quietly trying to 'muddle through' amid signs of eroding US diplomatic cover.
As a more ambitious Palestinian middle class seeks to integrate, the number of those pursuing medical careers is surging.
Even as Arabs in Israel are more successfully integrating into Israeli society, they are identifying more as Palestinians.
Israelis who once had their backs to the water are looking to the eastern Mediterranean to find partner countries to exploit natural gas reserves and bolster Israeli security.
Officially, the Gaza Strip's 1.8 million residents cannot exit the territory through Israel. Shadi Bathish, an Israeli Arab paralegal, works with residents to obtain rare exit permits.
Novy God, a Soviet-created secular holiday that borrowed from Christmas and New Year's, was embraced by Russian Jews and is gaining acceptance in Israel.
Amid official pessimism on both sides, a Palestinian initiative seeks to change Israeli hearts and minds by meeting face to face.
Palestinians in the southern West Bank are facing severe travel restrictions, but hard-line members of Israel's government are seeking tougher measures. The military disagrees.
Israel has indicted no one so far in the murder last summer of a Palestinian couple and their son. It fits a pattern of failure seen as helping fuel a wave of attacks.
Democracy activists say reasoned critiques of controversial court decisions have given way to incitement. A security detail has been assigned to the justices.
Arik Ascherman, who heads Rabbis for Human Rights, invokes texts that call for tolerance. For years he has worked to protect the Palestinian olive harvest from Israeli attacks.
Israel's government is committed to a united Jerusalem, but is blocking off eastern sections to quell violence. Palestinians want sovereignty over half of an open city.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, under fire for policies that have failed to halt the violence, sends troops to bolster police cordoning off sections of East Jerusalem.
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