Like his predecessors, Amir Peretz, who resigned yesterday, could not stand up to more powerful ministries and did not galvanize the public around a critical issue.
British-based study finds rapid decline in populations of common species such as sparrows and starlings.
National planning council approves the project to build a home for 40,000 in the western Galilee.
Haifa area hit by hailstorm, Tel Aviv sees waterspout form off the coast; three injured.
Showers expected to return on Sunday evening.
Forecasters say there may be flooding in the Judean Desert and some cities; Central Israel gets 50mm of rainfall.
Justices indicate that they will reject environmentalists' petition against planned roads through woodland.
Sea pollution reported by Tel Aviv swimmers and surfers after the Sukkot eve storm included animal carcasses in the water.
Says cruelty laws must not be enforced by Agriculture Min. anymore, since it is also responsible for protecting interests of farmers raising animals.
Report on project describes it as ‘affirmative action.'