Hamas recently held secret elections for the leadership of the organization's Gaza political bureau, officials in the militant group told Haaretz. According to the officials, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh won the race by a significant margin.

IDF soldiers serving on an Israel Air Force base in southern Israel found an unusual and controversial way to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day last week, erecting a replica of the infamous Auschwitz "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign.


Ahead of Israel's Memorial Day, the website of Jerusalem's Beit Avi Chai cultural center is hosting unusual database, transforming the memories of bereaved family members from written stories into animated shorts.

A taxi driver was stabbed by a Palestinian resident of the West Bank just after midnight early Tuesday in Kfar Sava, in what authorities suspect was a terrorist attack.

Israeli government officials have instructed GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon to sign an order to allow the placement of temporary structures near Migron in the West Bank, without going through the legally mandated planning procedures. The structures are to serve as temporary housing for the residents of Migron, an outpost built on private Palestinian land which is slated to be evacuated in the summer.

The Haifa District Court on Monday denied a petition to revoke the tender for a housing development in Acre because it was being marketed exclusively to religious Jewish families.

El Al Israel Airlines is considering splitting into two companies as part of a new strategic plan - a low-cost carrier and a premium carrier. One of the two companies would specialize in premium long-haul flights to destinations such as the United States and the Far East, while the second would compete against low-cost airlines on European routes.

One of the country's top clubs could face financial meltdown after its owner announced that he wants to sell the team earlier this week. Assuming that no buyer can be found, the heads of Hapoel Tel Aviv will be busy in the coming weeks trying to find financial sources to raise the necessary minimal Premier League budget of NIS 23 million for next season, following owner Eli Tabib's announcement that he will not invest "a single agora" from his own pocket.