Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented Israel's 33rd government to the Knesset on Monday, after six weeks of negotiations over the coalition's makeup. Haaretz is covering the day's events with a live blog.
Most Americans, regardless of political sympathies, believe the United States should cease its intervention in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, an ABC poll released on Monday revealed. The poll also found that 55 percent of Americans sympathize with Israel, compared to 9 percent that side with Palestinians.
Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Monday that his Yisrael Beiteinu party would seek to prevent any renewal of a construction freeze in West Bank settlements.
Incitement to hate by public figures in Israel has nearly doubled in the past year. According to the Coalition Against Racism in Israel, there were 106 cases of racist statements made by public figures over the past year, compared with 59 such events the year before.
Some of the new additions to the security cabinet, including ministers Yair Lapid, Naftali Bennett and Gilad Erdan, lack meaningful experience in the defense arena. Yet Israel's new security cabinet seems more hawkish on Iran, Amos Harel wrote in an analysis for Haaretz.
Syria's main opposition coalition began a push Monday to form an interim government to provide services to people living in parts of the country now controlled by rebel forces.
A military court on Monday convicted an Israeli soldier of negligent homicide in the death of Uday Darwish, a 21-year-old Palestinian laborer who was shot in January near the separation fence in the South Hebron Hills.
Environmental activists and scientists are seeking to block state plans for building on the former Israel Military Industries site in Ramat Hasharon and preserve it instead.
Almost 23 years after it first received the application, the Tel Aviv Regional Committee for Planning and Building finally approved a giant real estate project submitted by Ofer Brothers on the Herzliya Pituah shoreline, despite objections from city hall and environmentalists, who claimed shoreline should be set aside for the public.
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