The state wants to evict 1,300 Palestinians from their homes in an army firing zone in the West Bank in part because training there saves the Israel Defense Forces time and money, according to the state’s response to two petitions against the mass eviction.

Supreme Court President Asher Grunis said on Thursday that he is inclined to issue an injunction banning natural gas export until the court ruled on the matter.

A Jerusalem resident belonging to the Naturei Karta ultra-Orthodox group has been charged with offering to spy for Iran, according to a gag order that was lifted on Thursday.

A significant majority of ultra-Orthodox soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces are satisfied with their service and believe that the roles they are fulfilling are vital to the army's objectives. That emerges from a survey conducted recently by the IDF manpower directorate among 200 of the 2,000 Haredi soldiers currently serving in the IDF.

A bill on a new Israeli law that would require a referendum on ceding territory in any future peace deal with the Palestinians passed its first reading in the Knesset early Thursday.

Israel failed to destroy a Syrian arsenal of Russian-made cruise missiles in an alleged attack last month on a warehouse near the city of Latakia, U.S. officials told the New York Times on Wednesday.

Newly elected Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau dismissed on Thursday criticism of a racially-loaded comment he made earlier this week, calling it 'a joke that lost control.'

The United States House of Representatives Wednesday imposed the toughest sanctions ever on Iran, describing it as a critical step to cripple Iran's disputed nuclear program.