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Israel And The West Bank 100 Years Ago

Israel is holding early elections called by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that opinion polls suggest will be too close to call. As the world watches what impact the results will have on the deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian peace process, these hand-painted photographs from 1919 show life in a region that is very different from the Middle East of today. Nevertheless, the tensions that drive the current conflict were already simmering under the surface.