Former chief rabbi Yona Metzger was arrested on suspicion of accepting millions in bribes and committing a number of other crimes during the period he had served as Ashkenazi chief rabbi.

French President Francois Hollande reassured President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that any deception on the part of Iran, following the signing of a nuclear agreement, would result in the renewal of economic sanctions.

An Israeli air strike on Iranian nuclear installations would halt Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons "for a very long time," said Yaakov Amidror, who stepped down as Netanyahu's national security adviser last week.

The High Court is due to rule on the appeal of Samar Albarak, a Palestinian being held in administrative detention for over three years, whom Israel claims is an Al-Qaida activist.

Six of its allies in the West have demanded that Israel's status on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva be upgraded.

Dismay over changed employment policies has resulted in the forging of a rare coalition between Muslim preschool assistants and their Jewish, mostly ultra-Orthodox, counterparts.

Tax Authority agents raided some 200 luxury homes in Ashdod owned by Diaspora Jews, targeting overseas-based property owners who may not be reporting rental income from their apartments.

And archaeologists studying the Carmel caves unearthed evidence that prehistoric men who inhabited the area over 12,000 years ago held wakes, and buried their dead.