The German government is conditioning continued grants to Israeli high-tech companies, as well as the renewal of a scientific cooperation agreement, on the inclusion of a territorial clause stating that Israeli entities located in West Bank settlements or East Jerusalem will not be eligible for funding.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani said that Iran is negotiating with the United States as part of a "constructive engagement" with the world community and is seeking actions from Washington to back up its words. Netanyahu responded to Rohani's speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in a bid to undermine his remarks.
A Jerusalem court extended the detention of an exterminator accused of negligence in using a hazardous pest control agent at a family home one day earlier, causing the death of two young girls.
A bill requiring local authorities to name all the streets in their jurisdiction has been submitted to the Knesset, aiming to address the problem that many Arab localities lack street names, making it difficult for residents to receive mail and other services.
Many Israeli-Arab farmers are still averse to using treated wastewater for irrigation. Lately there have been a number of initiatives to change this situation, including with the help of the Dutch government.
Israeli archaeologists have found new clues suggesting that cavemen in ancient Israel had an advanced culture of plant use for ritual as well as consumption.
Stephen Harper this week became the first Canadian prime minister to address Israel's Knesset, and probably also the first to belt out the Beatles' "Hey Jude" before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife, and others at a state dinner.
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