Der Spiegel article reveals that senior German officials are no longer willing to unconditionally support Israel on every matter, as they were ready to do in the past.
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.
Prime Minister's Office calls for direct talks, saying the Paris summit would distance the Palestinians from the negotiations table; U.S. says Kerry still undecided on attending the conference.
Turkish president says next round of talks, considered to be crucial in the ongoing reconciliation talks, will focus on establishing humanitarian aid projects in Gaza.
Azerbaijan, which skirmished with Armenia in early April, is reported to have bought almost $5 billion worth of arms from Israel.
The French want the statement to include general principles that deal with the core issues of the conflict, such as the borders, Israeli diplomats tell Haaretz.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault will arrive in Israel after Independence Day on May 12 and will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the summit.
Benjamin Netanyahu has been fighting for the apportionment of Fiamma Nirenstein, a former Italian MP, despite the local Jewish community's opposition. Criticism written some 20 years ago could be cause for embarrassment in the prime minister's bureau.
French told Palestinians that attempt to push anti-settlement resolution through UN Security Council will fail and undermine attempt to put together international peace summit.
'He's a hero,' 'Release the soldier,' protesters chant in show of solidarity with Sgt. Elor Azaria in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square; news crew extricated after surrounded by crowd.
State Department spokesperson says 'status of Golan Heights should be determined through negotiations, but current situation in Syria does not allow this. '