The Jehoash tablet.
The Jehoash tablet. Photo by Baubau
Text size

Last year, Turkey leaked to Iran the identities of 10 Iranian nationals who met with Israeli Mossad agents in Turkey. Sources described the move as "an effort to slap the Israelis" and the damage caused to Israeli intelligence as "significant."

The two intense days of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers in Geneva ended Wednesday, with senior U.S. officials describing them as the most meaningful and serious negotiations ever conducted with the Iranian leadership. Despite the great progress and positive atmosphere, however, there were still fundamental disputes between the sides, particularly with regard to the degree and type or sanction relief the Iranians would receive in return for their proposal, Americans said.

Ending a seven-year saga, Israel's Supreme Court ordered that the state return Jehoash's Tablet, an archaeological treasure chiseled with a rare ancient Hebrew inscription, to its previous owner, an Israeli antiques collector. The tablet is inscribed with an ancient text describing the renovations of the First Temple carried out by Jehoash, then kind of Judea.

After talk of reconsidering the boycott of Jerusalem municipal elections was muted, Palestinian voter turnout is expected to be low. In recent months, both Palestinian groups that considered fielding lists and candidates to run for the city council stopped their activity following the criticism evoked by their plans.

Recent indictments and arrests of a number of members Israeli municipalities have apparently left their mark on public opinion. According to a poll conducted for Haaretz ahead of next Tuesday's local elections, only 19% of the public think there is no corruption in their local government. Only 57% of those interviewed said they would cast their ballot, while 22% said they did not plan to.

Sister Aziza, an Eritrean nun living in Israel, mourns the tragic loss of life of Eritrean refugees in the recent Lampedusa shipwreck, and calls for international action against the torture camps in the Sinai.

A new course offered at Tel Aviv University seeks to teach medical students a skill that may be of use outside the clinic: writing and editing entries for Wikipedia. The one-credit elective, called "Wiki-medicine: The Wonderful World of Wiki and Free Medical Information in Hebrew Wikipedia," is the first of its kind in Israel and aims to improve the quality of medical information available to the public online.

Google Maps is now available in Hebrew and Arabic for users of Apple's iOS operating system, alongside other improvements made possible by Google's acquisition of Israeli startup Waze over the summer. To navigate in Hebrew or Arabic, users must simply set their smartphones to one of those languages.