Six rockets were fired into southern Israel from Gaza late Sunday night, three landed in open areas and two were intercepted by the Iron Dome; no one was injured and no damage was reported. The IDF struck four targets in response.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who visited Barkan for the dedication of an elementary school named after his father, avoided making any binding or clear statements regarding the peace process or the future of the settlements.
A fourth suspected 'price tag' attack was carried out in Beit Hanina, northern Jerusalem on Sunday night. Assailants punctured the tires of 21 cars and sprayed graffiti on the walls of a monastery on Mount Zion.
Israel's Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch blocked a Palestinian children's theater festival from opening in East Jerusalem Saturday night on the claim that the event was linked to the Palestinian Authority.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began consultations on the appointment of a new prime minister to replace Rami Hamdallah, who announced his resignation last week. Abbas' top aides are seen as front-runners for the position.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is facing a probe and a possible treason charge, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of his presidency, for his 2011 jailbreak in which three prisons were attacked, resulting in the freeing of thousands. He is under a possible treason charge and could stand accused of collaboration with foreign elements, including terrorists, to break out of jail.
Rabbis' call three weeks ago to boycott Ramot Mall in Jerusalem has disrupted the tranquil atmosphere in which ultra-Orthodox and secular Jews shopped side-by-side. Their action is being decried as an effort to exert control as many of the businesses are experiencing income losses as a result.
The rapid expansion of Israel's recycling program is too much for authorities to maintain pace with. The trend is favorable - from 10,000 Israeli households separating their garbage four years ago, 215,000 do so today – but facilities are not keeping up with demand.
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