Poor communities in South see illegal trade across Sinai and Gaza borders as integral to struggling economy.
Nine years into his tenure, Syrian president has become 'seasoned leader,' biographer says.
Spokesman for Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch says minister spoke in jest, didn't intend to offend.
Pair, both in their sixties, were arrested in Beirut airport en route to U.S., one voted in Lebanon election.
Shahar Mizrahi opened fire on Mahmoud Ganaim after he was suspected of breaking into a car.
Arab rights center petitions city to allow mosque to reopen, over sixty years after it was closed.
Project to be funded by private donors and funds from construction firm owned by family of Rafik Hariri.
Despite growing interest among sector's youth, program space is limited due to a constrained budget.