Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov invited Qatar-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to visit Moscow soon for further discussions on the stalemated Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
President Barack Obama will meet with American Jewish leaders for the first time since signing an agreement with Iran last month on its nuclear programs.
Tel Avivans will soon be facing the same challenges Jerusalemites have dealt with for more than a decade, with Sunday evening marking the start of construction for a light rail system in Israel's largest city.
Despite the fact that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, it's been blamed for decades for much of the trouble in the region.
In the wake of last week's arson attack by Jewish extremists, which killed an Arab toddler and critically injured his brother and parents, Israel reinstated administrative detention.
A high pressure system, called a "heat dome," hovering over much of the Middle East has made extremely high temperatures even harder to endure.
An intense summer heat wave has a lot of Israelis staying inside as much as possible.
Earlier this week, Israeli airstrikes targeted two sites in Syria, one close to the Lebanese border, according to Arab media.
Israeli forces are on high alert Friday after Hamas called for a day of fury to avenge an arson attack in an Arab village that killed a toddler and injured four others, two critically.
Two of the five suspects questioned in connection with the arson attack on the Church of the Multiplication last month have been indicted, the Shin Bet announced on Wednesday.
Not all Palestinian officials are denying a report from earlier this week that Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will resign his post in the next two months because of fatigue.
Israel welcomed Tuesday's long-awaited announcement to release Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard after serving 30 years of a life sentence, including a number of years in solitary confinement.
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