As Iran and the world powers resumed talks for the second day in Geneva on Wednesday, many questions remained regarding the content of the new proposal submitted by Iran vis-à-vis the country's disputed nuclear program. At this stage, it appears as though Iran may be willing to limit uranium enrichment and consent to inspections of its nuclear facilities.

In a rare public appearance and even rarer comment on current affairs, former U.S. President George W. Bush told the Conference of Presidents gala audience that he "won't believe in Iran's peaceful intentions until they actually prove them." Bush also told the Jewish forum that the U.S. is "lurching toward isolation" but expressed confidence that the Conference of Presidents would help to "remind" the country of its duty to stand up for peace and democracy. 

Relations between the United States and Egypt are in deep-seated turmoil which, according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, would "reflect negatively on the entire region, including American interests." Egypt criticized a U.S. decision last week to curtail military and economic aid to Cairo after a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, although Washington stressed it was not severing ties with its long-standing ally.

Teva will refrain from making any layoffs to its Israeli workforce before an agreement is reached with the Histadrut labor federation about the scope of the cutbacks, according to an official familiar with the proceedings. Nevertheless, some layoffs are inevitable. 

The Haifa District Court overturned a Magistrate's Court ruling that forced a 16-year-old boy to study in a yeshiva as his father demanded, against his will. The court accepted the youth's appeal and ordered that he be allowed to register at a technical school of his choice. 

A privately sponsored English-language international boarding school for 11th and 12th graders charging $35,000 (NIS 124,000) annual tuition is to open next year in central Israel. The school hopes to attract students from across the globe, including Arab countries.

China's likely sale of sophisticated missiles to Turkey despite the objections of its NATO allies shows Beijing's fast-growing economic, political and diplomatic Mideast clout. Christian Lin, a  former U.S. official and now a fellow at the School for Advanced International Studies, called the deal a "wake-up call," claiming that "China is looking to get a lot more involved in the Middle East and is being increasingly accepted there."

Ira Forman, the Obama administration's special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, canceled his attendance at a landmark conference in Kiev because of the U.S. government shutdown, according to a conference organizer.