Israel apologizes for incident hours before the Italian President Sergio Mattarella is due to arrive in Jerusalem for an official visit.
Barak Ravid is the diplomatic correspondent for Haaretz newspaper. He joined Haaretz in April 2007, covering the Prime Minister's Office, the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Defense, dealing with issues such as U.S.-Israeli relations, EU-Israeli relations and the peace process.
Before joining Haaretz, Barak Ravid worked for two years for Maariv daily newspaper, spending a year covering the Palestinian Authority and a year as a diplomatic correspondent.
Ravid has a BA in the history of the Middle East from the University of Tel Aviv. He served for six years as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, and concluded his service with the rank of captain. He and his wife live in Tel Aviv.
Hard-right Minister Uri Ariel demands a full cabinet debate of secretly made security cabinet decision to allow Palestinian construction in West Bank's Area C, where settlers also live.
Security cabinet kept vote on Area C secret, hoping to prevent settlers from exerting political pressure to undermine the plan, initiated by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Israel's decision to abstain made in conjunction with U.S., which also abstained for the first time amid warming relations between Washington and Havana.
'The theater of the absurd continues,' Israeli prime minister says, adding that he and the Israeli ambassador to UNESCO will discuss further measures.
Though softer in wording, the new motion still ignores Judaism's ties to the Temple Mount. Ten member states backed the resolution, two opposed and eight abstained.
Though softer in wording than the initial resolution, Wednesday's vote will still omit any reference to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall in their Jewish context.
'Even the theater of the absurd has limits,' Netanyahu tells Matteo Renzi after Italian counterpart slammed a resolution that disregards Judaism's historic link to Jerusalem.
The phone call, the sixth between the leaders in the past year, took place following a dramatic increase in Russian forces in Syria.
Matteo Renzi says he will summon his foreign minister to find out why Italy abstained from the vote on the resolution that disregarded the ties between Jews and Jerusalem.