Unlike some Olympic powerhouses, Israel has just three athletes competing in the winter games, including an ice-dancing brother-sister team and a skier. But that could change in the coming years if growing interest in one Olympic sport turns more competitive. Arieh O'Sullivan of The Media Line caught up with an enthusiastic squad of Israeli athletes who love to play ice hockey.
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There's an ambitious $500 million invested in homes for tens of thousands of Palestinians, 6 miles north of Ramallah -- in the West Bank's first planned Palestinian city: Rawabi. Project managers still need approval from Israel for access roads, but they went ahead anyway with the groundbreaking earlier this month. Felice Friedson of The Media Line reports.
U.S. envoy George Mitchell recently said that Israel has reduced the number of checkpoints and roadblocks in the West Bank, helping economic growth. For its part, last year the U.S. gave nearly $1 billion in assistance to the Palestinians. Felice Friedson of The Media Line looks at broader attempts to foster growth and foreign investment in the Palestinian economy.
A group of Palestinian schoolchildren is heading to Washington this weekend for what may be the performance of their lives. They are dancers who specialize in a traditional Palestinian dance.
As Israel prepares for possible future wars, the country has unveiled its latest weapon -- a miniature spy plane that can be launched almost as easily as a model airplane in a field. But this is no toy, and has already seen action in two major war zones.
Official election results show that Lebanon has voted to maintain its pro-western government majority, which beat out another coalition led by Hezbollah. Mohamad Bazzi of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses what the results mean for Hezbollah, for the stability of Lebanon and for American foreign policy in the region.