Pope Francis.
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he would not support any peace agreement that does not include the exchange of Israeli Arab land and population, calling that demand a "basic condition" that he has already clarified to the international community. 

Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is clinging to life, the head of the hospital treating him said, after his condition took a turn for the worse last week. Sharon's medical team says there is no way Sharon will overcome the current crisis.

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan said the Jordan Valley in the West Bank is not essential to Israel's security because the country is not facing a threat from the east, and that citing security reasons for retaining the valley is mere "manipulation." 

Israeli ministers will vote on a new bill that would block any new construction in areas beyond the Green Line unless it received the backing of 80 Knesset members.

The body of missing Hasidic real estate developer Menachem Stark was discovered smoldering in a Long Island dumpster two days after he was kidnapped outside his Brooklyn office. 

A transgender woman was attacked in Tel Aviv by a group of youngsters using pepper spray and an electric shocker. The suspects fled in two cars, but were caught by police after a short pursuit. 

The Israel Defense Forces is suggesting the penalty for army deserters be cut significantly, while a new offense—desertion during operational combat—be punished by a maximum sentence of 10 years. 

Pope Francis will visit Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan from May 24 to 26 in his first trip to the region as pontiff.