An unlikely friendship blossoms across the front lines in Israel and Gaza

By Griff Witte, William Booth, July 12, 2014

NETIV HA’ASARA, Israel — When the rockets start falling and fighter jets buzz the skies, Roni Keidar and Maha Mehanna know they can lean on one another for comfort.

They are neighbors and close friends, and they call and text throughout the day and late into the night, checking to be sure the other has survived the latest round of fire between Israel and Hamas.

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