The 19th Israeli Knesset was sworn in with a festive ceremony: 48 of the 120 elected representatives are fresh faces. Netanyahu, addressing the congregation, calls for strength through unity.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said that President Barack Obama, who has announced a forthcoming trip to Israel, will be bringing an "urgent" peacemaking agenda on his upcoming visit.

The Turkel Committee, which investigated the 2010 IDF sea raid on the Gaza flotilla, recommended establishing new norms of accountability in the way decisions are made about opening investigations of possible war crimes by IDF soldiers; says political echelon could be held criminally accountable in future probes.

In an interview on the eve of his visit to Cairo, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that while Iran is already a nuclear state, it has no intention of attacking Israel.

For the second time this winter, the Eilat International Airport was shut down due to flooding. A section of Highway 90 was also closed down, as temperatures dropped steeply on Wednesday, and rain fell over most of Israel.

The High Court of Justice upheld the government’s decision to establish a memorial hall for soldiers killed in Israel’s wars without commemorating civilian victims of terrorism.

Samsung Electronics announced that Israel was chosen to be one of the three regions to be included in the company's new $100 million seed investment fund.

And in Syria, a suicide attack against a military intelligence compound in the Eastern city of Palmyra caused intense fighting to erupt in Damascus, marking an end to a relative lull in violence.