A major surprise military training exercise was carried out by the Israel Defense Forces in the north on Wednesday, simulating an escalation of the situation in the Golan Heights, which borders Syria.
Israel expressed its strong opposition
on Wednesday to an Arab initiative, supported by the Obama administration, to hold a conference that would debate the possibility of a nuclear-free Middle East.
A Turkish reconnaissance jet that crashed into the Mediterranean earlier this year was shot down by a Syrian missile
, an official report by Turkey's military indicated on Wednesday, following months of guesswork on what caused the F-4 warplane to go down.
Around 80 percent of both Israelis and Palestinians say that an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities would ignite a major regional war, a joint Israeli-Palestinian survey indicated on Thursday
, adding that around 70 percent of respondents say they believe the chances of establishing a Palestinian state in the next five years were practically nonexistent.
The president of the representative body of France's Jewish communities condemned the new publication
of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem is among the latest batch of institutes of higher learning to join the Coursera project
, an online initiative, geared at allowing internet users access to courses from the best universities in the world.