By meeting the leader of the Republic of Crimea, which is not recognized by Israel, Yakov Margi defies Ukrainian law. Knesset spokesman: 'Trip wasn't on behalf of the Knesset.'
- Russia proposes Syria ceasefire starting March 1; U.S. calls for immediate stop in fighting (AP)
- Turkey ends 'successful' military operations against Kurdish militants in Cizre (AP)
- Reports: Six dead after teacher opens fire at school in south of Saudi Arabia (AP)
- Death toll in Taiwan earthquake rises to 59; 76 are still missing (AP)
- Turkey's Erdogan: UN must prevent 'ethnic cleansing' in Syria, stop Iranian 'massacre' (Reuters)
- MK Yakov Margi meets with Crimean leader, despite Ukrainian legal ban (Haaretz)
- Death toll in Syrian war is 470,000, The Guardian reports (Reuters)
- NGO: Syrian Kurds capture most of rebel-held former military airport in north Aleppo (Reuters)
- Seoul: North Korean leader Kim had his military chief executed (AP)
- U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly for tougher North Korea sanctions (Reuters)
- Two female bombers kill 58 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp (AP)
- Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria, Western official says (Reuters)
- Carly Fiorina suspends 2016 White House bid (Reuters)
- Diplomat David Govrin appointed Israel's new ambassador to Cairo pending cabinet approval (Haaretz)
- Russian airstrikes boost ISIS in Syria, says U.S. envoy (Reuters)
Washington looks at Moscow's backing of Damascus with worry, while the American public is preoccupied with the presidential primaries and the Oscars.
Lawyers trying to unseat interior minister, who 'returned to the scene of the crime,' have troubling questions about ex-con ministers.
Poem of the Week
Where Sennacharib once plundered: Niall McDevitt sees junk, beer cans and orangey cats.
Low on bread but high on passion: Malkiel Lusternik imagines pioneering life in pre-state Israel.
Houses were marked, people disappeared, the monsters smiled politely: Tuvia Ruebner delineates an ominous atmosphere – everywhere.
Raised in a post-World War II American Jewish family, Hal Sirowitz contemplates alternatives to the situation.
The noble Haim Gouri, above all a poet: He refused a prize for Zionist art because his latest work does not fit that definition.
Jacob Oryah, a religious vintner, challenged the notion that wine touched by a secular person cannot be kosher – and was promptly punished for it. But he persevered to make what has been described as Israel's tastiest and most thought-provoking wine.
Forty years on, 'Operation Thunderbolt,' an authoritative account of the rescue of 102 hostages from a hijacked plane – warts and all – has finally come to light.
Who needs the little gold statue? Nominees in the main categories will receive an extravagant gift basket valued at $200,000.