Tesla has been absolved of blame in incidents where three of its Model S battery packs caught fire when hit with road debris. The NHTSA closed its investigation into Tesla after the car's safety was improved and no initial defect was found.
Tesla recently announced plans for a lithium battery "gigafactory" and is considering four southwestern US states for its location. The city of Tucson has made a formal proposal to become the site of the Tesla giga plant.
Reactions in the region have ranged from name calling to accusations of Russian meddling to observations of declining world powers.
Paul Salopek, the man behind the Out of Eden project, walked into Jerusalem recently and talked with the Monitor about his epic adventure circumnavigating the world.