Israel has reportedly carried out an air strike on a Syrian military installation to stop a shipment to Hezbollah, as inspectors said Syria's entire declared stock of chemical weapons has been placed under seal.
Israel freed another 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, alongside US-brokered peace talks.
US President Barack Obama spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran, a day after the Israeli leader warned Tehran could convert uranium into weapons-grade material within weeks.
Council of Europe chief Thorbjoern Jagland has distanced himself from a controversial resolution of the pan-European human rights body that calls for regulation of circumcision practices.
More than 700,000 people took to Jerusalem's streets Monday to mourn the spiritual leader of Israel's Sephardic Jews, in an unprecedented procession for an influential figure who died after surgery.
The Palestinian economy could expand by over a third if Israel were to lift its restrictions on about 60 percent of the West Bank that it controls.
The Palestinians must "recognise Israel as the state of the Jewish people" in order to achieve real peace.
Israel labelled as "racist" and "anti-religious" Friday a resolution of the pan-European human rights body calling for regulation of circumcision practices.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu early Wednesday blasted Iranian President Hassan Rowhani for making what he described as a "cynical speech that was full of hypocrisy" at the UN General Assembly.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the White House on September 30 to consult President Barack Obama on Iran's nuclear challenge, Syria and Palestinian peace talks.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Palestinians "not to react adversely" to Israel's announcement of new settlement building, stressing the need to return to the negotiating table.
Israel and the Palestinians are to hold their first direct talks in almost three years on Wednesday, overshadowed by a deepening rift over settlements and following the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners.
A group of jihadist fighters said Tuesday they had fired a Grad rocket on the Israeli Red Sea town of Eilat in retaliation for an alleged Israeli air raid.
Israel on Monday launches a mass campaign in the south of the country to vaccinate 200,000 children up to nine years old against polio.
Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct talks for the first time in three years on Monday, with the United States urging negotiators to make tough compromises to reach a peace deal.
Secretary of State John Kerry is finalizing his team to help shepherd Middle East peace talks and take on the heavy lifting on a day to day basis.
Israeli politicians on Saturday hailed an announcement by US Secretary of State John Kerry's of a breakthrough in talks with Palestinians but warned it was an opportunity that could not be missed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday angrily rejected European Union guidelines barring the bloc's 28 member states from funding projects in Jewish settlements.
US Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Jordan Monday on his sixth trip to the region as he tries to push Israelis and Palestinians back to peace talks.
Iran is moving "closer and closer" to building a nuclear weapon and Israel may have to act before the United States does.
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