A major surprise military training exercise was carried out by the Israel Defense Forces in the north on Wednesday, simulating an escalation of the situation in the Golan Heights, which borders Syria.

 
Israel expressed its strong opposition on Wednesday to an Arab initiative, supported by the Obama administration, to hold a conference that would debate the possibility of a nuclear-free Middle East.
 
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has requested Defense Minister Ehud Barak to allow construction inspectors operating in the West Bank to prosecute settlers who build without permits, Haaretz learned on Wednesday.
 
A Turkish reconnaissance jet that crashed into the Mediterranean earlier this year was shot down by a Syrian missile, an official report by Turkey's military indicated on Wednesday, following months of guesswork on what caused the F-4 warplane to go down.
 
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani admitted to the London-based al-Hayat newspaper on Thursday to providing false information to International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in order to protect his country’s nuclear facilities and achievements.
 
Around 80 percent of both Israelis and Palestinians say that an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities would ignite a major regional war, a joint Israeli-Palestinian survey indicated on Thursday, adding that around 70 percent of respondents say they believe the chances of establishing a Palestinian state in the next five years were practically nonexistent.
 
The president of the representative body of France's Jewish communities condemned the new publication of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.
 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem is among the latest batch of institutes of higher learning to join the Coursera project, an online initiative, geared at allowing internet users access to courses from the best universities in the world.