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Israel at 59
For much of the world, the name Israel is synonymous with conflict. But even though the nation must continue to fend off terrorism and fight for its rights, the true face of the Jewish state can be found in the hustle and bustle of ordinary people going about their lives.
At work and at play, Israel remains a country of contrasts and stark beauty. In the weeks before the country's 59th birthday, writer and photographer Yehoshua Halevi toured parts of the nation, catching these glimpses of everyday life.