United States President Barack Obama has been sharply critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in private conversations this week. He reportedly said that Netanyahu “doesn’t understand what Israel’s best interests are,” and that his conduct will drive Israel into grave international isolation, Barak Ravid writes in his latest Diplomania blog.

A 16-year-old Palestinian was killed by Israel Defense Forces fire on Tuesday near the village of Budrus in the West Bank, Palestinian sources said. The IDF said there was an attempt to breach the separation barrier near Budrus on Tuesday morning and soldiers responded by shooting at the suspect after warning him. The IDF added that it was investigating the incident.

Leon Leyson, who was the youngest of 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by Oskar Schindler, has died in Southern California at 83. ‘Little Leyson’ as Schindler called him, spoke publically of his story in a way that "made people walk away wanting to be better people," said Marilyn Harran, his friend and a religious studies professor at Chapman University. See the first of 12 videos where Leyson tells his story here.

The Council for Higher Education has recommended canceling the requirement for a score on the international Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), in order to gain acceptance to Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programs. But Israel's aspiring tycoons shouldn't celebrate just yet – the GMAT is still firmly in place as one of the admissions requirements for nearly every university in Israel.

U.S. Secretary of Defense designate, former senator Chuck Hagel, has expressed regret for using the term “Jewish lobby” and has reiterated his support for “a strong U.S.-Israel relationship” and for “Israel’s right to defend itself against attack.” Chemi Shalev analyses a letter sent by Hagel to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

The Tel Aviv District Planning Committee approved on Monday a plan to conduct experimental drilling in a search for oil some 19 kilometers off the coast from the Herzliya marina - in the very site Israel has proposed as a marine nature reserve.

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered a new pathway by which cells in the body become cancerous. The discovery is expected to facilitate the development of new treatment methods that could block this process and prevent the spread of cancerous growths as well as new diagnostic tools to distinguish between normal and malignant tumors.

The director general of Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem resigned Tuesday morning, less than two years after stepping into the position. Prof. Ehud Kokia submitted his resignation to the 21-member Hadassah board of directors. Hadassah officials believe that Kokia, 62, resigned due to the hospital's dire financial situation, the extent of which is only just becoming clear. The hospital's current deficit forecast for the year 2013 is a staggering NIS 200 million.