Iran reportedly will be recalling its ambassador from Bulgaria, after the Balkan country hinted that the Islamic Republic was involvement in the Burgas terror attack last year that killed six people, including five Israelis.

Sources from Likud and Yisrael-Beitenu said that Yesh Atid's place in the next coalition is all but certain; yet obstacles remain to be overcome in negotiations.

Police were deployed in the hundreds at the Teddy Stadium, in anticipation of an especially tense game, as Beitar Jerusalem gets ready to host Israeli Arab team Bnei Sakhnin, in the wake of the recent racism furor surrounding the club.

Israeli forces removed a new tent encampment - the fifth set up so far - erected by Palestinian activists, set up in an open area in the West Bank.

Classified studies by the U.S. Defense Department were revealed to have cast doubts on the ability of the Europe-bound multibillion-dollar missile defense system to protect the U.S. from Iranian missiles, as intended.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he was prepared to hold direct talks with the United States, if the West stops pressuring his country over its nuclear program.

Rabbi David Hartman, American-born director of the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem passed away at age 81. Hartman was one of the world's leading Jewish philosophers and a promoter of diversity among Jewish theological trends.

And Kibbutz Ketura scored its second big exit in three years, when Britain's Grovepoint Capital agreed to buy control of its biotech start-up Algatechnologies, which develops anti-aging technologies.