Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet on Sunday approved a proposal for reforms to Israel's military conscription law which would abolish wholesale exemptions from military duty granted to ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students. 14 vote in favor while 4 abstain over omission of Israeli Arabs in proposed changes to the mandatory IDF conscription law.
Israel Police is losing public support and trust according to a study by U.S.-based nonprofit research organization the RAND Corporation. Participants in the study commissioned by Israel Police say the law enforcement agency is failing to meet their expectations of serving the community, maintaining public order, decreasing crime, treating people fairly, and responding to calls – but that they are effective in fighting crime.
Israeli security coordination with Egypt has continued despite the political upheaval in Egypt, according to officers of Israel Defense Forces serving on the Sinai border. "It's in the interest of both sides to fight terror cells," says a liaison officer. "Egyptians are doing good work."
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon is expected to announce on Sunday that non-Jewish soldiers will be buried in the same sections as Jewish soldiers in military cemeteries – but in different rows. The IDF chief of staff will now place a flag each Memorial Day at the grave of the last soldier buried, and not the last Jewish soldier.
Mohammed ElBaradei's appointment as Egypt's interim prime minister has been put on hold, due to an objection by the ultraconservative Salafi party, according to a senior opposition official.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives later this week. He hopes to narrow the gap between Israelis and Palestinians with a formula for resuming talks, including a settlement-construction freeze and the release of 103 Palestinian prisoners within six months.
Month-long manhunt ends as Israel Police arrest Bedouin father hiding in cave near the Dead Sea over killing of his two daughters.
Over the past 48 hours, many Egyptians have taken to walking the streets with sticks in their hands for self-defense. Amid improvised checkpoints and makeshift hospitals, the atmosphere in Egypt has reached a boiling point. An explosion has hit an Egyptian gas pipeline to Jordan in the lawless Sinai Peninsula following a spate of attacks on security checkpoints in recent days, state television and witnesses said.
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