Syrian rebels do not favor an American intervention which would turn their country into another Iraq, a senior member of the Syrian National Coalition told Haaretz over the weekend. "We don't want a single American soldier on our land," the rebel leader said.
Syrian government forces may have carried out a chemical weapons attack close to Damascus without the personal permission of President Bashar Assad, Germany's Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday, citing German intelligence.
David H. Petraeus, former CIA director under President Barack Obama, told POLITICO on Saturday that military action in Syria is "necessary" in order to deter other "would-be aggressors" such as Iran and North Korea.
Jerusalem lodged a strong protest with Washington during the long holiday weekend over what Israelis say were numerous media leaks by Palestinian figures from the peace talks. An Israeli official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the prime minister’s envoy to the talks, Isaac Molho, called his U.S. counterpart Martin Indyk and complained that the leaks "violated all the agreements" Israel and the Palestinians had made with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
A high-ranking official at a Civil Administration unit responsible for cracking down on illegal construction in the West Bank has been seeking sweetheart terms for homes built in his own settlement.
The Tel Aviv District Court has ordered the Interior Ministry to review the request for asylum by a couple from the Ivory Coast who fear their daughter will be forced to undergo female genital mutilation if the family is repatriated. The Interior Ministry had rejected previous asylum requests from the family, which did not mention FGM.
Shemen Oil and Gas Resources on Sunday reported finding significant signs of oil at its Yam 3 well, off the Ashdod coast. Company shares reacted by jumping 20 percent in morning trading. Shemen said it would perform production tests at the site to determine how much oil is available for pumping.
Due to the Interior Ministry's decision to extend daylight saving time until October 27, some electronic clocks and calendars on phones and computers suffered disruptions branded as "Bug 2013" on Sunday. The bug affected Google, Apple, Android and iOS software, as well as BlackBerrys and Symbians.
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