Livni, Kerry and Erekat at the press conference.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat (right), with the U.S.' John Kerry (center) and Israel's Tzipi Livni. Photo by AP
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U.S. President Barack Obama fully supports Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East peace initiative, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The message follows criticism by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, who said that Kerry is "obsessive and messianic."

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni blasts Ya'alon for his criticism of John Kerry, saying, "One can oppose the talks responsibly without lashing out and destroying relations with our good friend." 

The Palestinian leadership is preparing for the possible breakdown of negotiations with Israel, with president Abbas maintaining that if peace talks fail he will seek unilateral actions at the UN.

High-profile rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, who is suspected of attempting to bribe an Israeli police officer, is expected to fly into Israel this weekend in light of a development in a police investigation. A central figure in the case, who is expected to arrive in Israel on Tuesday, is said to have significant information.

After crushing Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's military rulers have set their sights on Hamas, contacting anti-Hamas groups in an effort to eradicate the Palestinian militant group. 

The state successfully fought to keep Israel's chief pathologist from testifying on behalf of Roman Zadorov, who is accused of killing a 12-year-old girl, in his retrial. 

The U.S. dollar loss of 0.26% to a Bank of Israel rate of 3.4880 shekels forces Governor Karnit Flug to face a question: should the central bank set a floor for the shekel?

Maor Mizrahi's "He Extinguished the Torch" anti-Lapid video takes Israeli social protests to YouTube, attracting a major following.