A party headed by outgoing Likud minister Moshe Kahlon, who is weighing the formation of a new political entity, would gather only ten Knesset seats, a new poll indicated on Thursday. Last month, Kahlon shocked Israel's political system when he announced that he would be stepping down from political life.

The Health Ministry has decided to close the Neveh Yaakov psychiatric hospital on Thursday, after police arrested staff members over suspected sexual and physical abuse, the culmination of a year-long investigation.

An ultra-Orthodox IDF soldier defected during the demolishing of two illegal structures near the West Bank outpost of Yitzhar, where settlers and security forces clashed on Thursday.

The vaguely worded statement by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood that a Shariah-based constitution would not mean that the country would become a theocracy was meant to ease pressure from both Islamist and secular blocs, says Haaretz's Avi Issacharoff.

In an apparent roadway accident in the Saudi capital, Rihadh, a fuel truck exploded killing at least 22 people and injuring 60. Death toll could rise as rescue crews picked through the wreckage.

Dozens of animal rights activists are expected on Thursday to protest against animal cruelty in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square. Marking the World Vegan Day, the protestors plan on tattooing their arms with the number 269 as a sign they identify with the suffering of livestock.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recruited the owner of the Rami Levy Shivuk Hashikma discount supermarket chain, Rami Levy, to his group of experts with the job of drafting socioeconomic policy for the next government.

Gathering more than 5 billion beverage containers since it was established a decade ago, Israel's bottle collections project is now meeting its target of collecting 77 percent of small bottles and cans. Company expects to meet its target of collecting 50 percent of all large beverage containers by the end of the year.