Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects a request by the Palestinian and American governments that the planned release of a second group of Palestinian prisoners be moved up by two and a half weeks to coincide with the Feast of the Sacrifice. Despite the escalation in anti-Israeli terror attacks over the last month and the right's demands that the release be canceled, Netanyahu plans to release the prisoners on October 29, in strict accordance to the understandings and timetable agreed on before the talks began.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid opposes the demand set by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state be a condition for any future peace deal. Lapid said he sees the State of Israel as a place where Jews are "independent and make [their] own rules".
Israeli scientist Arieh Warshel won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, becoming Israeli's 11th Nobel laureate and the fifth to win the prize in Chemistry. Warshel is awarded the $1.2 million prize alongside Martin Karplus of Austria and Michael Levitt of Britain for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.
In a Pentagon meeting to discuss Syria's chemical weapons and Iran's nuclear program, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon warned his U.S. counterpart, Chuck Hagel that the sanctions against Iran would completely collapse should the world powers agree to ease any of the measures. Ya'alon urged the U.S. to avoid falling into the "trap" of relieving the sanctions as a confidence-building measure until Iran has fulfilled the conditions set to it.
Iran is prepared to limit its nuclear program in return for a reduction of international sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, a week before a meeting with global powers in Geneva.
Mortar shells struck the northern Golan Heights, leaving two soldiers with light shrapnel wounds. The shells appear to be the result of errant fire from Syria; dozens of such shells have hit northern Israel over the course of the Syrian conflict.
The Civil Administration in the West Bank is considering the plan, pressed by settler lobby group, to reduce the size of a nature reserve in the South Hebron Hills in order to enable the expansion of the settlement of Negohot and the legalization of a nearby outpost.
An El Al flight en route from Bangkok to Tel Aviv was forced to make an emergency landing in Eritrea due to problems with the plane's engine. The 218 passengers aboard flight 082 were still waiting for an alternative to continue their journey back to Israel.
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