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.
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.
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.
Counterterrorism Bureau's unusually pressing message asks Israelis to stay away from tourist sites, heed local authorities and leave the country as soon as possible.
Grundwerg, who serves as the director general of the World Jewish Congress in Israel, is a close friend of Ambassador Ron Dermer, the prime minister's confidant.
Not clear yet whether sides were successful in reconciling Israeli demand that Ankara put a halt to Hamas' headquarters operations in the country and the Turkish demand to ease the situation in the Gaza Strip.
Abbas wants to bring the resolution to a Security Council vote during his visit in New York in about two weeks, but Netanyahu slams proposal as pushing peace further away.
Bennett Threatens: Limiting Israel's Military Activity in West Bank Cities Will Undermine Coalition's Stability
Briefing ministers, IDF general says talks to reduce military operations in Palestinian cities had already prompted the PA to intensify counterterror activity; Netanyahu: Israel's freedom of action will be preserved.
Netanyahu claimed talks failed after Palestinians rejected Israel's offer, but both Israeli officials and Western diplomats now say that negotiators have resolved some of disputes.