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A West Bank Wave Hits The Beaches Of Tel Aviv, A Palestinian Taste Of Summer Joy

Israeli authorities granted some one million visas to vacationers from the West Bank to cross the border during the recent Ramadan holiday. Some had never set foot in Israel before.

Palestinians from the West Bank enjoy the Mediterranean Sea during Ramadan, Tel Aviv, Aug. 11, 2013.
Palestinians from the West Bank enjoy the Mediterranean Sea during Ramadan, Tel Aviv, Aug. 11, 2013.
Serge Dumont

TEL AVIV — Tarek and Bassam, ages 18 and 20 respectively, are taking picture after picture of themselves on the beach of Tel Aviv. “And can you also take the full panorama behind me?” one of them asks. Like a million other Palestinians from the West Bank, they were granted visas to visit Israel this year for the end of the monthlong Muslim holiday Ramadan. And they were enjoying every second of it.

Tarek is from Nablus, a city in the northern West Bank. “I haven’t seen the sea since the second Intifada started in September 28, 2000, when I was just a kid. And after that, I never left the West Bank, except once to go and pray in Jerusalem,” he says. “It’s quite a shock being able to walk in the sand, dip your feet in the water and look out the horizon.”

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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