Israeli officials said Monday that there are gaps between Israel and the United States over negotiations with Iran, as opposed to previous announcements made by the U.S administration.

At least thirty people were killed on Sunday when Syrian army tanks shelled residential neighborhoods in the city of Hama that have been serving as bases for rebel attacks against loyalist forces, opposition activists said. The reports came less than 48 hours after a massacre in Houla that left at least 108 dead and drew UN condemnation.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Monday convicted two police officers of negligent homicide for dumping an injured Palestinian man on the side of the road, leaving him to die.

The Shin Bet questioned an Israeli and a Palestinian, who are a gay couple, after the police detained them in Jerusalem on suspicion that the Palestinian had entered Israel illegally with the help of his partner.

Madonna flew into Israel with her entourage on Friday afternoon, spending the holiday in prayer and Kabbalah study before starting rehearsals for her Thursday concert in Ramat Gan Stadium.

Deputy Supreme Court President Eliezer Rivlin, one of the court's foremost champions of freedom of expression, retires Monday, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

The Health Ministry is looking into adding two new diseases, cystic fibrosis and SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency), to the list of illnesses for which early detection tests are done on infants.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz is likely to recommend a one-year state budget next year, rather than the two-year budget for 2013 and 2014 he previously advocated, according to a senior government source.