Avichai Mendelblit's attempt to appoint former ambassador Daniel Taub to the post of ministry legal counsel stymied by civil service opposition.
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.
Counter-Terrorism Bureau cites ISIS plot that has not yet been thwarted.
The Foreign Ministry had recommended the former president skip the meeting with Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the Austrian Freedom Party and one-time disciple of Jörg Haider.
In letter to defense minister, Galon demands Israel halt delivery until Azeris pledge not to use Israeli arms against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Jerusalem said it wouldn't object as long as Egypt's international commitments are honored. Egypt, Saudis promised they will honor treaty.
PM says Israel would exhaust all options to protect itself before entering battlefield; according to foreign reports, Israel carried out numerous strikes in Syria and Lebanon, destroying weaponry meant for Hezbollah.
Earlier, Turkish official told Daily Sabah that Israel and Turkey could be two weeks away from ending crisis; the report did not say whether Israel's demand to shut Hamas HQ has been resolved.
Terrorist incidents declined from 78 in October to 20 in March. But 'there is still palpable tension in the field,' a senior official tells Israel's cabinet.
Senior Israeli official says Armenians protested Israel's supply of arms to Azerbaijan, after attack on convoy in latest round of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Draft resolution distributed to UN Security Council members stresses urgent need to end Israeli occupation, condemns settler terror against Palestinians.