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Kids play on man-made sand hill to block high waves ahead of the upcoming storm in Tel Aviv's beach front, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Wind gusts up to 38 Knots and waves up to 9 meters, or 29 feet, hit along the coastline of Israel on Tuesday. Wintry weather is striking across the Middle East, bringing cold weather to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and a blanketing sandstorm in Cairo. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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Kids play on man-made sand hill to block high waves ahead of the upcoming storm in Tel Aviv’s beach front, Israel. Wind gusts up to 38 Knots and waves up to 9 meters, or 29 feet, hit along the coastline of Israel on Tuesday. Wintry weather is striking across the Middle East, bringing cold weather to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and a blanketing sandstorm in Cairo. 

Palestinian protester dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he argues with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Maasara near the West Bank city of Bethlehem...A Palestinian protester dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he argues with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Maasara near the West Bank city of Bethlehem December 19, 2014.

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A Palestinian protester dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he argues with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Maasara near the West Bank city of Bethlehem

 Israeli Orthodox jews seen protesting on December 10, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. Orthodox jews are protesting the building of a new neighbourhood in Jerusalem, because of fears it will destroy an ancient Jewish tomb at the site.

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Israeli Orthodox jews seen protesting on Wednesday in Jerusalem, Israel. Orthodox jews are protesting the building of a new neighbourhood in Jerusalem, because of fears it will destroy an ancient Jewish tomb at the site

A Palestinian man and his son are seen in the living room of their house which was destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants, on Decembre 10, 2014 in Gaza City. The Israeli military committed war crimes during its Gaza offensive this summer and must be investigated, human rights monitor Amnesty International yesterday.

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A Palestinian man and his son sit quietly in what was the living room of their house, which was destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants, on Wednesday in Gaza City

A Palestinian worker carries a hammer as he participates in efforts to clear the rubble of a school, that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the east of Gaza City December 3, 2014. According to housing minister Mufeed al-Hasayna, Gaza needs 8,000 tonnes of cement a day to meet demand. A new system set up with the United Nations to comply with Israeli requirements lets through at most 2,000, he said. At that rate, reconstruction would take more than 30 years, said Hasayna, one of four members of the unity government based in Gaza rather than the West Bank. Hasayna signed an agreement with the U.N. Development Programme and the Swedish government last week to equip and hire local contractors to clear and recycle rubble from northern Gaza

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A Palestinian worker carries a hammer as he participates in efforts to clear the rubble of a school, that was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the east of Gaza City on Wednesday

An Orthodox man prays at the Western Wall in the Old City on Tuesday in Jerusalem, Israel. As violence continues in Israel, an Israeli was stabbed and lightly injured Monday morning in the West Bank south of Jerusalem. Nine Israelis have been killed in a series of stabbings, shootings and hit-and-run attacks in Jerusalem over the past month, unsettling the ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years. The tension and violence on the streets of the city is threatening to further isolate communities and to encourage extremist politicians exploit the situation

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An Orthodox man prays at the Western Wall in the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel, on Tuesday.

A Hasidic man pushes a buggy in the Old City in Jerusalem on November 26, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. Nine Israelis have been killed in a series of stabbings, shootings and hit-and-run attacks in Jerusalem over the past month, unsettling the ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years. The tension and violence on the streets of the city is threatening to further isolate communities and to encourage extremist politicians to exploit the situation.

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A Hasidic man pushes a buggy in the Old City in Jerusalem on wednesday in Jerusalem, Israel. Nine Israelis have been killed in a series of stabbings, shootings and hit-and-run attacks in Jerusalem over the past month, unsettling the ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years

A Palestinian boy stands outside a mosque, that witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a winter day in Beit Hanoun town, northern Gaza Strip, November 25, 2014.

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A Palestinian boy stands outside a mosque, that was damaged by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a winter day in Beit Hanoun town, northern Gaza Strip

A Palestinian school girl holds an umbrella as she walks near the ruins of houses that witnesses said were destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a rainy day in the east of Gaza City...A Palestinian school girl holds an umbrella as she walks near the ruins of houses that witnesses said were destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a rainy day in the east of Gaza City November 24, 2014.

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A Palestinian girl walks near the ruins of houses that were destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, on a rainy day in the east of Gaza City.

Palestinian women pray outside the Dome of the Rock mosque at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound following Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem on November 21, 2014. Tens of thousands of Muslims prayed at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque Friday, after Israeli eased age restrictions on entry for a second straight week despite high tension after a wave of violence.

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Palestinian women pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound following Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem

Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel pray during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 20, 2014. Sigd marks the community's longing to return to Jerusalem, where they see their biblical roots.

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Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel pray during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem on Thursday. Sigd marks the community’s longing to return to Jerusalem, where they see their biblical roots

Members of the Druze community watch the funeral of Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Nahad Seif in Yanuh-Jat

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Members of the Druze community watch the funeral of Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Nahad Seif in the northern village of Yanuh-Jat on Wednesday. Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four rabbis and a Druze police officer in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city.

A relative of Abdelrahman Shaludi, a Palestinian who killed two Israelis with his car last month, walks inside his family home after it was raised by Israeli authorities in east Jerusalem Silwan neighborhood on Wednesday, as Israel speeds up the application of a controversial demolition policy.  The demolition came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a harsh response to a deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue yesterdat, the city's bloodiest in year. Home demolitions have long been used as a deterrent punishment in the occupied West Bank but it is the first time that they have been adopted as a matter of policy in annexed Arab east Jerusalem.

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A relative of Abdel-Rahman Shaludi, the Palestinian who killed two Israelis with his car last month, walks through the destroyed home in Silwan, east Jerusalem, after it was razed by Israeli authorities on Wednesday. The demolition came a day after an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem in which five people were killed

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn during a eulogy ahead of the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Twersky in Jerusalem. Rabbi Twersky was one of four Jewish victims killed in an attack on a synagogue in the city by two Palestinian men from East Jerusalem

An Israeli police officer gestures as he holds a weapon near scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue

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An Israeli police officer gestures as he holds a weapon near the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue. Two suspected Palestinian men armed with axes and knives killed four people on Tuesday before being shot dead by police

Palestinian protesters burn tyres in front of Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem. A Palestinian bus driver, whose family lives in Abu Dis, was found hanged in his vehicle in west Jerusalem overnight, in what Israeli police said was an apparent suicide but a colleague said looked like murder.

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Palestinian protesters burn tyres in front of Israel’s barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem

Palestinian youths practice their Parkour skills over the ruins of houses, which were destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in the Gaza Strip, on November 14, 2014, in Khan Yunis' Khuzaa neighbourhood in the southern Gaza Strip near the Israeli border. The 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants killed at least 2,143 Palestinians, nearly 70 percent of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side.

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Palestinian youths practice their Parkour skills over the ruins of houses, which were destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in the Gaza Strip, on Friday, in Khan Yunis’ Khuzaa neighbourhood in the southern Gaza Strip near the Israeli border

Palestinian worshippers walk outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Friday prayers  in the Old City of Jerusalem on November 14, 2014. Israel eased restrictions at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced agreement on steps to reduce tensions at the flashpoint compound.

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Palestinian worshippers walk outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem. Israel eased restrictions at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced agreement on steps to reduce tensions at the flashpoint compound

Participants in an amateur race approach the finish in Tel Aviv...Participants in an amateur "Running in Color" event approach the finish line of a five kilometre (three mile) race in Tel Aviv, November 14, 2014. Inspired by the Hindu Holi festival, the race involved participants running along a course dotted with locations where coloured powders were thrown over the runners. The event was held to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by conflict in the country. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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Racers in the five-kilometre “Running in Colour” event approach the finish line in Tel Aviv, Israel. Inspired by the Hindu Holi festival, coloured powders were thrown over runners during the event, which was held to raise awareness about post traumatic stress disorder.

The Muslim holy site of the Dome of the Rock on the Al Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem Old City is seen through barbed wire on November 10, 2014. The ongoing tension over Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound is inflicting a "stab wound" on the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur said.

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The Muslim holy site of the Dome of the Rock on the Al Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem.