A panel of Middle East experts, at an event coordinated by the National Security Council, warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week that construction policies in the settlements or the burning of a major mosque by extremists could help trigger a third intifada.

After a three year lull in even the most basic contact, Israeli negotiator Isaac Molho and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat have been in limited contact over the past few months. Both sides were quick to point out that talks cannot yet be considered peace negotiations.

A Somali Islamist militant group offered rewards of chickens and camels for information on the whereabouts of U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mocking the millions of dollars the United States has offered for leaders of the Al-Qaida affiliate.

The detention of an investment manager nicknamed the "Israeli Madoff", suspected of defrauding clients out of tens of millions of dollars, was extended by a Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court judge on Thursday by another two weeks.

Army officials believe ultra-Orthodox recruits could fill positions in technical units in the Israel Defense Forces, particularly in the Israel Air Force, which is hundreds of soldiers short and in need of immediate reinforcements.

Reports indicated that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was in critical coniditon on Sunday morning, and was receiving visits from family members. The reports followed circulation of rumors that he had passed away.

The Jerusalem municipality has announced it will be setting up a DNA database for the city's dogs in order to better enforce the law requiring owners to pick up their dog's feces.

The Environmental Protection Ministry has been unable to determine the cause of a mysterious odor that affected the Tel Aviv area for several hours last month, but has concluded that it lacks the proper means to sample and analyze low concentrations of hazardous materials that might have produced the smell.