Kerry and Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
Kerry and Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Photo by Reuters
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. officials to accept Russia's proposal for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Syria's chemical weapons, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

An expanded panel of nine High Court of Justice judges has unanimously voted to strike down controversial legislation that allowed Israel to detain illegal migrants for three years without trial.

Seventeen coalition Knesset members, including five deputy ministers, called on Netanyahu on Sunday not to agree to any deal that would include handing over any lands to the Palestinian Authority.

Syria's government hailed as a "victory" a Russian-brokered deal that has averted U.S. strikes. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, defended a chemical weapons pact that the rebels fear has bolstered their enemy in the civil war.

A group of 15 former senior European officials has urged the European Union not to soften or delay new Israeli settlement guidelines slated to take effect on January 1, and in particular to ensure they apply to the Horizon 2020 scientific cooperation program.

Ahmed Ali, the spokesman, a spokesman for the Egyptian army, said on Sunday that Egypt has destroyed 152 tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border since the end of July. He added that Gaza-based groups were carrying out operations together with armed Islamists in the Sinai Peninsula.

Two children aged five and seven years old were found stabbed to death Monday morning in a Jerusalem apartment. Police suspect their mother of murdering them, and then trying to commit suicide.

Life expectancy in Israel has risen by over two years in the past decade, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday.