A hotel in Anatolia.
A hotel in Anatolia, Turkey. Photo by David Bachar
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Peace negotiations with the Palestinians will not be easy, Netanyahu told the cabinet on Sunday, but added that he intends to enter the talks honestly and assured them that he won’t compromise on Israel’s security needs.

The timing of the publication of the new EU guidelines to the Israeli settlements enabled Abbas and the Palestinian leadership to return to the negotiations table with Israel, writes Haaretz’s Amira Hass.

The spokeswoman of human rights group B'Tselem was injured during a Friday demonstration at Nabi Saleh after a Border Policeman shot her with a rubber bullet at close range.

Award-winning Indian director Mira Nair has turned down an invitation to be guest of honor at the Haifa Film Festival for political reasons, saying that she would not visit Israel until "Apartheid is over."

Arab members of Knesset are boycotting the formal Iftar dinner at Israel’s parliament to mark the end of the Ramadan fast over the Bedouin relocation plan, which was approved last month.

In hope to start a dialogue with the Arab world, Israel’s Foreign Ministry opened a “virtual embassy” to Gulf states.

Netanyahu’s candidate for Bank of Israel governor, Jacob Frenkel, tries to counter allegations that he stole items from the Hong Kong International Airport duty-free shop in 2006. Frenkel, the chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and former vice chairman of insurer AIG, was already BOI governor until 2000.

Israelis are flocking back to Antalya, the Turkish Mediterranean resort town, after staying away for two years due to soured diplomatic relations between Ankara and Jerusalem following the Gaza flotilla affair, in which nine Turkish citizens died.