Emily Harris http://publicradioeast.org en Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://publicradioeast.org/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Emily Harris 39103 at http://publicradioeast.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Two Israeli Settlers Speak Of Life — And Plans — On Disputed Land http://publicradioeast.org/post/two-israeli-settlers-speak-life-and-plans-disputed-land From the Palestinian perspective, a big obstacle to peace is the presence of 350,000 Israelis on land expected to be part of any future Palestinian state. Two of those settlers offer their viewpoints. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Emily Harris 38032 at http://publicradioeast.org Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home http://publicradioeast.org/post/stay-or-go-how-israeli-palestinian-peace-would-redefine-home More than 1 million Arabs are citizens of Israel. And over the years, some 350,000 Jewish Israelis have moved to settlements in the West Bank. If the Israelis and Palestinians were to make peace and set a formal border, what would happen to all these people?<p>The vast majority of Arab Israelis are Palestinian. Most belong to families that either stayed in their homes during the war following Israel's 1948 declaration of independence or fled to areas that wound up on the western, or Israeli side, of the cease-fire line. They hold Israeli passports and enjoy the rights of citizenship. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:09:00 +0000 Emily Harris 38022 at http://publicradioeast.org Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home Israeli Prisoner Release Steps Toward Peace And Draws Controversy http://publicradioeast.org/post/israeli-prisoner-release-steps-toward-peace-and-draws-controversy Israel is preparing a prisoner release as part of the peace process with Palestinians. Arab citizens of Israel are set to be let go, a move more controversial than releasing non-citizen Palestinians. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Emily Harris 37474 at http://publicradioeast.org In A 'Brilliant' Move, Hamas Puts A Woman Out Front http://publicradioeast.org/post/brilliant-move-hamas-puts-woman-out-front Isra al-Modallal is the first woman to be the public face of Hamas, the conservative group that rules the Palestinian territory. "Brilliant" is how one Gaza observer describes the decision. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Emily Harris 37063 at http://publicradioeast.org Political Split In Ukraine Divides Families http://publicradioeast.org/post/political-split-ukraine-divides-families One couple has survived many political changes over their 47-year marriage, but the current political crisis in Ukraine is dividing them too. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Emily Harris 36300 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Still Exploring Diplomatic Ways To End Crimea Standoff http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-still-exploring-diplomatic-ways-end-crimea-standoff Ukraine's prime minister travels to Washington this week for talks with President Obama. On Sunday, leaders of Germany and Great Britain spent time on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Emily Harris 36048 at http://publicradioeast.org Russian Troops Continue Movements In Crimea http://publicradioeast.org/post/russian-troops-continue-movements-crimea As the standoff continues in Crimea, Russia warns the U.S. against "hasty" sanctions. Ukraine officials accuse pro-Russian forces of armed aggression. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Emily Harris 36003 at http://publicradioeast.org Locals Join Crimean Defense Forces, Allied With Russia http://publicradioeast.org/post/locals-join-crimean-defense-forces-allied-russia In Ukraine, tensions are high in the Crimean Peninsula. NPR's Emily Harris reports on the swearing in of new members to the Crimean defense force. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Emily Harris 35985 at http://publicradioeast.org In Kharkiv, A Snapshot Of Ukraine's Tumult And Hope http://publicradioeast.org/post/kharkiv-snapshot-ukraines-tumult-and-hope In Ukraine's second largest city, Kharkiv, both pro-Europe and pro-Russian groups are planning more rallies this weekend. Some residents fear civil war; others believe compromise is still possible. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Emily Harris 35923 at http://publicradioeast.org Crisis With Russia Propels Ukrainian Nationalism http://publicradioeast.org/post/crisis-russia-propels-ukrainian-nationalism During Ukraine's recent revolution, ultra nationalist groups were prominent among the protesters battling police in Kiev's Maidan Square. A nationalist party was included in the interim government. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:24:00 +0000 Emily Harris 35884 at http://publicradioeast.org With Little Money And Lots Of Verve, Kiev Reporter Fights Corruption http://publicradioeast.org/post/little-money-and-lots-verve-kiev-reporter-fights-corruption Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Secretary of State John Kerry made a high profile visit to Kiev today, showing political support for Ukraine's new government. He promised a billion dollars in loan guarantees. With lesser due, a team from the International Monetary Fund arrived. They're there to assess the state of Ukraine's finances.<p>Well, chief among the country's many economic difficulties is the problem of rampant corruption. An investigative journalist is now set to lead Ukraine's new anti-corruption agency. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Emily Harris 35664 at http://publicradioeast.org Western Diplomats Visit Kiev, Bringing Few Answers With Them http://publicradioeast.org/post/western-diplomats-visit-kiev-bringing-few-answers-them Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour in Ukraine where Russian troops took control of more areas in Crimea today, including a ferry terminal between the Ukrainian peninsula and Russia. Western countries are strategizing a response to the crisis with many meetings and several high level visits to Ukraine. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 35578 at http://publicradioeast.org Is Ukraine's Army Prepared For A War With Russia? http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukraines-army-prepared-war-russia Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And let's get an update now on that tense situation in Ukraine. Russia has been gaining more control of the Crimean peninsula. Russia reportedly has some 6,000 troops there after President Vladimir Putin got authorization for military action over the weekend. And this could be just the beginning. Ukrainian border guards say armored vehicles are gathering on the Russian side of a narrow strait across from Crimea. The U.S. and other Western powers condemned Russia's moves, and are signaling they might not attend an economic meeting in Russia this summer. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Emily Harris 35524 at http://publicradioeast.org A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza http://publicradioeast.org/post/greek-treasure-pulled-sea-disappears-again-gaza On a sunny Friday in August last year, Judah Abughorab paddled a small, flat boat over the blue Mediterranean Sea about 100 yards off the Gaza Strip's sandy shore.<p>He doesn't really like to eat fish, but catching them is the unemployed construction worker's favorite pastime.<p>That day, he netted a half a dozen. Then, through the clear water, he spotted something that made him look again.<p>"It looked like a person," he says. "Eyes, a face, hands, fingers."<p>Abughorab says he was scared, but dived 5 yards down to have a closer look. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Emily Harris 35316 at http://publicradioeast.org A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza Abbas Tells Students 'Peace Has To Happen' http://publicradioeast.org/post/abbas-tells-students-peace-has-happen Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The West Bank city of Ramallah is normally off-limits to Israelis by Israeli law. But yesterday, 300 Israeli college students and other young leaders, with special permission from the military, traveled to Ramallah to hear Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas speak. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:28:00 +0000 Emily Harris 34503 at http://publicradioeast.org Building Pressure May Mean Progress In Israeli Peace Talks http://publicradioeast.org/post/building-pressure-may-mean-progress-israeli-peace-talks Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>There is a fake John Kerry wandering around Jerusalem these days. He stars in several satirical videos criticizing the U.S. effort to negotiate a peace agreement between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The State Department suggests it is just the latest sign that Kerry has put real pressure on Israel to move toward a peace deal. NPR's Emily Harris reports.<p>EMILY HARRIS, BYLINE: John Kerry, the satire star, is skinny with a big poof of grey hair. The theme of the videos, he doesn't understand the conflict he's trying to solve. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Emily Harris 34013 at http://publicradioeast.org Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians http://publicradioeast.org/post/even-among-their-own-consensus-eludes-israelis-and-palestinians Disputes between Palestinians and Israelis are a constant in their decades-old conflict, and that's what the wider world usually hears about.<p>But there are also near constant internal disagreements among Israelis. And Palestinians have divergent views too. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 33653 at http://publicradioeast.org Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians Jordan Valley's Future At Stake In Mideast Peace Talks http://publicradioeast.org/post/jordan-valleys-future-stake-mideast-peace-talks Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The River Jordan - where we're going next - is the dividing line between Jordan to the east, and the Israeli-occupied areas to the west. When you hear that heavily Palestinian zone called the West Bank, that's what it means: the West Bank of the Jordan. Its future is at stake in peace negotiations. Israelis see the River Valley as a vital security zone. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Emily Harris 33601 at http://publicradioeast.org Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda http://publicradioeast.org/post/scarlett-johanssons-middle-east-flap-over-soda <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxq4ziu-wrI</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Emily Harris 33221 at http://publicradioeast.org Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda