A little more than a week before the election and the beginning of coalition negotiations, Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett is clearly signaling that his party would like to join the presumed Netanyahu government and would be a stable, loyal and practical coalition partner.
Attacks by government forces on Damascus' rebellious suburbs killed at least 45 people, including eight children, activists said Monday. Sunday's death toll was part of an intensifying regime offensive to dislodge rebels from strategic areas around the capital.
Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman indicated on Monday that he would quit politics if convicted in his breach of trust and fraud case. In an interview with Army Radio, the Yisrael Beiteinu chairman added: "I am sure I will be cleared in the end."
"Homeland" brought pride to Israel when it won big for a second year at the Golden Globes. In addition, 'Girls' scooped up prizes for Jewish actress Lena Dunham and best comedy, and Ben Affleck was named best director for 'Argo,' a film based on a rescue mission from revolutionary Iran in the 1970s.
The State Archives have closed for the third time in recent months. This time, the closure is due to the collapse of a staircase in the entrance of the archives building. Haaretz has learned that a booked guided tour due to take place later this week has been canceled as a result.
MK Chaim Amsellem, an Orthodox rabbi who is breaking away from the Sephardi ultra-Orthodox Shas party to run as leader of the new party Am Shalem, is showing himself to be among the Knesset's liberals when it comes to civil marriage, though he backtracked on Sunday on support for gay marriage as well.
Bank Leumi is urging its U.S. clients to disclose information about their Israeli bank accounts to U.S. authorities investigating Leumi and many other foreign banks over possible tax avoidance by Americans.