In a dramatic press conference, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who has seen a recent spike in popularity following Operation Pillar of Defense, announced that he will retire from political life, and that he won't run in the upcoming Israeli elections.

The European Union is recommending a blacklist of "known violent settlers" who will be blocked from entering EU member states, a Western diplomat told Haaretz.

Four days before the United Nations vote on recognition of Palestine as a non-member state, the Palestine Liberation Organization says it is expecting a "pleasant surprise" in the UN General Assembly in New York. According to PLO sources, representatives of seven more European countries have indicated they will vote to admit Palestine as a non-member state. Five other European countries had already announced they would support the bid and France's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, has broadly hinted that France will vote in favor.

A man was shot dead by IDF soldiers in the western Negev after he allegedly broke into a home and stabbed one of its inhabitants. Security forces are investigating whether or not the incident was an attempted terror attack.

The second day of voting in the Likud primary election opened after a series of computer malfunctions on the previous day prevented orderly voting in numerous locations.

Egypt's justice minister said he believed President Mohammed Morsi would agree with the country's highest judicial authority on its proposal that would limit the scope of a presidential decree to expand Morsi's powers.

NATO surface-to-air missiles due to be stationed near Turkey's border with Syria will only be used to protect Turkish territory and not to establish a no-fly zone within Syria, the Turkish military said.

According to studies released this year, including a survey done by an Israeli researcher, administering dopamine to patients with Parkinson’s disease can uncover latent creative talents among them.