An Israeli soldier has written "there is nothing better than a dead Arab" on his Facebook page, the second IDF soldier to post strongly anti-Arab sentiment on social media in as many months.

After joining U.S. President Barack Obama on his two-day visit to Israel, American Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to return on Saturday night, one day after Obama concludes his trip. Kerry is expected to have dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss resuming the peace process with the Palestinians.
 
Jeffrey Goldberg, a prominent American journalist, has told Haaretz that he thinks Obama may be the most Jewish president the U.S. has ever had. He added that the president is tired "of hearing the claim that he doesn’t love Israel or that he is indifferent to Israel or even that he’s hostile to Israel."
 
Residents of Ramallah and Bethlehem were witness Monday to the unusual sight of several American helicopters landing one after another at PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ Muqata headquarters.  The helicopters were carrying security teams and American diplomats and their staffs involved in preparations for Obama’s visit.
 
Obama's scheduled visit to the Palestinian cities in two days will shut down the main artery serving settler vehicle traffic in the West Bank, Route 60, creating a temporary state of siege in the West Bank settlements.
 
Jordanian King Abdullah II has said that his relationship with Netanyahu has improved and that the latter has contributed to the stability of the Hashemite government, in an interview with The Atlantic on Tuesday.
 
Former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon took the reins of Israel's Defense Ministry on Tuesday in an official ceremony at the government compound in Tel Aviv, replace outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak after six years in the position.
 
Syria's state news agency accused rebels on Tuesday of using chemical weapons in an attack in the northern province of Aleppo which it said killed at least 15 people. A Syrian rebel commander denied the reports.