East and West Jerusalem are divided along ethnic and religious lines -- in addition to the separation fence that Israel built to secure the city. Martin Savidge hosts Mustafa Barghouti of the Palestinian National Initiative and Gershon Baskin of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information.
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In Israel, the rabbinical courts decide when couples can marry and divorce. Worldfocus correspondent Martin Himel speaks with Orthodox Jewish women who are protesting the Jewish law that states husbands must consent to divorce.
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The high-tech industry has become the backbone of Israel's economy with 46 percent of exports coming from the industrial high tech sector. Worldfocus correspondent Martin Himel takes a look at the businesses and entrepreneurial players of the Middle East's Silicon Valley.
Contributing blogger S.Azmat Hassan, a former Pakistani diplomat, writes about the current impasse in the Middle East peace process. He argues that the Obama administration should be tougher on both sides to break through the current stalemate.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has decided not to seek re-election. Israeli Minister Yuli Edelstein discusses the prospects of peace in the Middle East and why Israel won't agree to a settlement freeze. Al Jazeera English's John Terrett reports on the challenges and reasons behind Abbas' decision.
Worldfocus producer Mohammad Al Kassim reports from the West Bank city of Hebron about its vanishing glassmaking industry, which dates back to the Phoenician era. He visits a master craftsman whose family business has endured for generations.
Political commentators are debating whether Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided excessive praise for Israel's move to restrain -- rather than end -- settlement building in the West Bank. The state department contends that the U.S. has not actually modified its policy stance. Daljit Dhaliwal talks with Daniel Levy about the latest developments.
The relationship between Israel and Turkey received yet another blow when a Turkish television drama airing on a state-owned channel depicted Israeli soldiers as brutal murderers. Worldfocus producer Gizem Yarbil, a native of Turkey, tackles the issue.