Inclusion in Citi index likely to pressure shekel higher, frustrating Bank of Israel efforts.
Some 54,200 starts marked slight decline from 2015 and was well under 60,000 target.
Judge describes atmosphere of fear created by union officials at state-owned aviation company.
Israeli labor unions have embarked on a recruiting drive in recent years and organized workers in new and unlikely sectors - even the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Authority.
On a global basis, it is estimated that 35 percent of all food is wasted at some point along the supply chain, from the farm to the consumer's home.
Against the backdrop of Netanyahu's threat to hold elections if Kahlon insists a new public broadcaster go on air, the finance minister says he's ready for any scenario.
A strong shekel is of particular concern to Israeli exporters, who are faced with earning less, in shekel terms, for what they sell abroad.
Israel launches bank cybersecurity center; Reduxio raises first $22.5m for storage tech.
Bank of Israel intervention boosts dollar in late trading; Tel Aviv shares end higher, lifted by telecoms and tech.
Company wants to continue importing the chemical and operating the controversial tank at one-third its capacity.