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An aura of danger pervades Ashkelon, Israel's southernmost beach before you get to Gaza, and Ashdod a few miles north.
As Hamas and Israel trade fire, the family of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, kidnapped and burned alive, is still mourning. And the neighborhood, still bearing the scars of riots, is reeling.
Over the last two weeks, three Palestinian boys and one Israeli teen were violently killed, and three Israeli teens vanished.
Folks in Jerusalem complain about having to pay to watch on Al Jazeera. Meanwhile, a car bomb exploded south of Beirut last night, wounding at least five soccer fans.
Oh, and did we mention civilians can get them in the US, too?
The kidnapping seems like all anyone can talk about. Many speculate as to the political implications. But they're haunted by the ways previous abductions in Israel ended badly.
The rhetoric couldn't be more aggressive. The actions, however, are pretty darn mild.
To begin with, there will be an attempt to broker peace in the Middle East.
Lessons from the manic lead-up to papal touchdown in Israel.
13 formally recognized churches will be present for the highlight of his visit. They fight a lot.
The Holy Land has been getting ready for Pope Francis for months. GlobalPost takes an exclusive look at the places where the pontiff will be sleeping, meeting and praying.
Meet what looks like a Brooklyn cliche, except operating out of the West Bank.
It's a foreign concept in the US, where the memory of Vietnam is still fresh. But you'll understand when you hear the reasons.
Fed up with high prices and intense kosher cleaning requirements, Israelis are pouring out of Ben Gurion Airport as the tourists flow in.
But they still think it's happening. Any second now.
In Bethlehem, people on the street are frustrated with politicians on both sides.
Instead of announcing the continuation of the talks on Wednesday, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas signed over a dozen applications to international bodies on live television.
Why? Because two of them killed his sister. It's not as simple as Jews vs. Muslims.
Unusually, one of the prisoners is currently in an American, not an Israeli, prison.
Because everyone else is. Even Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is on this list.