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An illustration of "Sparrow," a 1,300-lb robotic lunar lander that could make Israel the fourth country ever to touch the moon's surface.

This ‘Sparrow’ lunar lander may soon make Israel the 4th country ever to land the moon

SpaceIL, a nonprofit company and former Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor, is closing in on a launch of its 1,300-lb lunar lander called "Sparrow." The group hopes to launch its robot atop one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets in December, then drop the probe to the lunar surface in February 2019.

More than 180 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip overnight, and Israel retaliated with deadly airstrikes

Palestinian militants in Gaza launched at least 180 rockets at Israel overnight, with Israel retaliating by pounding the Gaza Strip with deadly airstrikes. Seven Israelis and eight Palestinians were wounded, and three Palestinians including a pregnant woman and child were killed in the escalation.
Palestinians working in Israel cross through Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah April 25, 2017.

I took the excruciating 10-mile journey through Israel’s most notorious military checkpoint that adds hours to the daily commute for 26,000 Pale...

The Qalandiya military checkpoint in the Palestinian West Bank is the main crossing for thousands of Palestinians to cross into East Jerusalem and Israel. Around 26,000 Palestinians make the excruciating commute every day. I recently went.
Tour guide Eliyahu McLean in front of the building known as the Cave of the Patriarchs to Jews and Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims.

A religious site in the most contested city in Israel with a complicated, bloody history is the center of gravity for the Israel-Palestine conflict

The most tense religious site in the Middle East may be the building known as Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims and Cave of the Patriarchs to Jews. Its history says a lot about the Israel-Palestine conflict. I recently visited.
A statue of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, doing a handstand is a main feature of Frishman Beach.

A visit to Israel’s wall with Palestine gave me a sobering perspective

Call it a "barrier," call it a "wall," or a "fence," or whatever you want — the massive grey slabs of concrete separating Israel from the West Bank are a horrific reminder that walls come with their own problems.
A popular water park in Tiberias, Israel, which is situated along the Sea of Galilee.

Syrian rockets fired at Israel were found at a popular tourist beach

Two rockets from Syria landed in the Sea of Galilee on Wednesday in what the army initially thought was spillover from Syria. The rockets were discovered after locals reported seeing an object fall into the water near the popular Gofra Beach, located about 18 1/2 miles from Syria's border.
Saudi Arabia's missile defense system intercepts several missiles fired from rebel-Houthis.

This is the Patriot missile defense system that Israel just used to shoot down a Syrian warplane

Israel's military said on Tuesday that it fired two US-made Patriot missiles at and "intercepted" a Syrian Sukhoi fighter that entered its airspace.
Israeli soldiers stand in front of the launcher of an Iron Dome missile interceptor battery in the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon.

Israel shoots down Syrian warplane with US Patriot missiles after intense fighting

Israel's military said on Tuesday that it fired two US-made Patriot missiles at a Syrian Sukhoi fighter that entered its airspace and "intercepted" the plane.
The sunshine of my love.

Google’s incredible Pixel 2 has the best camera I’ve ever used on a smartphone — these photos are proof

No matter what the lighting situation, or how quickly the photo is snapped, Google's Pixel 2 smartphone camera captures incredibly vibrant, sharp photographs.
Tensions are constantly high in Israel.

A Supreme Court hearing in Israel that erupted into a brawl showed in a matter of minutes why the Israel-Palestine conflict has been impossible to sol...

A Supreme Court hearing in Israel on Tuesday devolved into a brawl between Israeli and Palestinian families. The case, and the aftermath, show how nearly any issue in a tense, divided country like Israel can quickly turn from a legal or political one into something deeply personal.