Israel's 'Iron Dome' missile-defense system protected Israeli civilians from Gaza rockets, reducing pressure for retaliatory strikes and giving mediators a window for hammering out a cease-fire.
A recent escalation in violence between Gaza militants and Israeli forces has stoked fears that Israel will launch a ground invasion of Gaza as it did in December 2008.
Both Israel and Palestinian Authority officials fear the empowerment of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt might prompt Cairo to ease access to Gaza, and help Hamas consolidate its rule there.
Nathan Dishon says that he wants 'a ladybug pillow pal' for Hanukkah during preparations for the annual eight-day celebration known as the 'Festival of Lights' at the Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach, Calif., on Nov. 30. Hanukkah starts at sundown on Dec. 1 and marks the rebellion of Maccabee Jews against the Greeks in 165 BC, which some believers say included a number of miracles pointing to divine providence.