Until now, the planning authorities would take biodiversity into account only after detailed plans had been submitted.
Defense Minister says Israel is not looking to escalate tensions with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, but is determined to defend its citizens.
A local Gaza group that identifies with ISIS's ideology claims responsibility for the rocket fire, which is seen as a challenge to Hamas in Gaza.
Four Hamas targets were struck overnight in the Strip; the rocket also damaged a nearby building in the town of Sderot.
Company hired to produce event pulls out because of ban; municipality denies accusations, says solos were never part of ceremony.
'Sderot: Rock in the Red Zone,' a new film that just premiered at the Other Israel Film Festival, examines the stress of living 15 seconds from Gaza as the rocket flies.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the so-called caliph of the Islamic State, is believed to have been wounded in an airstrike in March.
Students at alumni of the nearby Sapir College are inspiring local initiatives as the town recovers from its traumatic recent past.
Ashkenazi Zionism, which established the country in an ongoing confrontation with the Arab world, created a serious emotional crisis for Jews from Arab countries.
From Kibbutz Nahal Oz to Likud stronghold Sderot, the people don't let Hamas' rockets or dubious candidates shake them.