Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised on Sunday not to uproot the largest Israeli settlement in the West Bank. At a funeral for the founder and long-time Mayor of Ariel, Ron Nachman, the Prime Minister said that three years ago they planted together a tree in the city. 'I swear to you today,' Netanyahu vowed, 'that tree will not be uprooted.'

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has decided to change the route of the separation barrier between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim. This would mean that Ma'aleh Adumim would be located outside the security fence and that Palestinians would be prevented from reaching the controversial E-1 area.

Israeli security forces removed Palestinian protest tents from land adjoining a Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Monday, the second such camp to be torn down in a week.

In a setback for efforts to fill a power vacuum in Syria, opposition leaders postponed the forming of a transitional government, the Syrian National Coalition said on Monday.

The French military continues its operation in Mali, while the extremist group behind the Algeria gas plant kidnapping threatens to carry out more attacks.

American businessman Morris Talansky transferred $30,000 to former prime minister Ehud Olmert's brother Yossi, after Olmert asked him to help his brother who was in financial trouble, the Jewish fundraiser told the Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday. Olmert's lawyers denied such request was made.

Election Day holiday will cost Israel's economy about NIS 1.7 billion in lost output, the Manufacturers Association said on Sunday.

Israel Hayom daily buried top commentator Dan Margalit's column for criticizing Netanyahu, Haaretz's Barak Ravid reports on his blog.