Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was handed on Monday a one-year suspended sentence and a NIS 75,300 court fine, after he was convicted in July of breach of trust while serving as industry, trade and labor minister.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apologized to Ban Ki-moon for releasing details of a conversation between the two on the UN secretary-general's visit to Tehran in August, when Netanyahu tried to convince him not to attend the Non-Aligned Movement's summit in the Iranian capital.

In the meantime, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that Iran did not take seriously Israel's threats to attack its nuclear facilities. Speaking to the Washington Post in an interview ahead of his visit to the United Nations in New York, the Iranian president also stated that he believes the Americans are "peace-loving people." The Iranian president added that Israel is seeking opportunities for its own salvation and to safeguard its own interests.

Iran has blocked access to Google's e-mail Gmail service, Gmail, in protest of a U.S.-made anti-Islam video, a report said Monday, while the government also announced that the country may boycott the Oscars if organizers failed to condemn it.

El Al is delaying installation of a new system to protect its airplanes from missile attacks due to a financial dispute with the government.

An Israel Defense Force female combat soldier from the Karakal battalion patrol force that confronted the terror cell on the Israeli-Egyptian border Friday hid behind a bush for nearly an hour and did not open fire, an ongoing army probe reportedly shows.

MK Dov Khenin (Hadash) and social-justice activist Alon-Lee Green have drafted a bill that would enable the workers of failing companies to take over the businesses with the help of a public fund. The private member's bill is to be submitted to the Knesset right after the fall Jewish holidays.

Israeli researchers linked a unique protein to age-related memory loss, allowing them to explore ways to fight some of the aspects of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.