Ultra-Orthodox family collects gas mask kits at a distribution point in Jerusalem, August 28, 2013.
Ultra-Orthodox family collects gas masks. Photo by Reuters
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Amid U.S. preparations for a strike in Syria, the Israeli cabinet approved the limited enlistment of IDF reserve forces. The army plans on enlisting reserves for aerial defense and the Home Front Command. 

Preparations for possible launch of Western military action against Syria continued, with the U.S. and France saying they are in position for a strike.

Israel’s 30-year campaign of organized immigration from Ethiopia draws to a close on Wednesday afternoon, when 450 of the last Falashmura arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Four south Tel Aviv residents were arrested on suspicion of assaulting and robbing African migrants in recent months.

Recently released Prison Service reports show inmates in Israel’s prisons are employed on classified projects run by the security services, and that the Prison Service earns some NIS 40 million annually from work done by prisoners.

The Courts Administration asked the state prosecution to examine what legal steps can be taken against websites that malign judges- including whether they can be shut down.

Aiming to boost Internet trading and lower consumer prices, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Economy Minister Naftali Bennet set up a government panel aimed at putting an end to import monopolies in Israel.

A study by Israeli marine biologists shows that the Eilat coral reef is able to cope with a significant rise in sea temperatures, meaning it would lend itself to becoming a nature reserve for heat-sensitive corals from other parts of the world in future years.