Israeli infantry troops on maneuvers near the Syrian border. Israel ordered a limited mobilization of reserve soldiers and bolstered its missile defense system this past week as the threat of an American attack on Syria looms larger.
An Israeli infantry soldier rests during military operations in the occupied Palestinian Gaza Strip in 2000. This image appears in my non-fiction book My New Middle East, which was a finalist for the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.
Israeli soldiers take cover as they fire an Iron Dome intercept rocket in southern Israel as Hamas fires rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip, November 19, 2012. International peace efforts continue to stop the fighting. UPI/Mati Milstein