Susan Rice, the new National Security Advisor.
Susan Rice, the new National Security Advisor. Photo by Reuters
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U.S. national security advisor, Susan Rice, blasted Israel for criticizing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, tweeting "Personal attacks in Israel directed at Sec Kerry totally unfounded and unacceptable." 

An Israeli army officer was killed when a Givati Brigade soldier shot at what looked like suspicious movement, with the circumstances surrounding the incident still being investigated. 

Global defense spending is set to increase for the first time since 2009, with four of the five fastest-growing defense markets in the Middle East, according to the IHS Jane’s Annual Defense Budgets Review.

The Health Ministry proposed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to use a surrogate in Israel, but also states that couples using surrogacy abroad could face up to a year of jail time. 

The Supreme Court has ordered the government to explain why it refuses to alter the route of the security barrier that splits a Palestinian town, giving the government until April to answer and freezing construction on the barrier until then. 

More Israeli soldiers reported experiencing sexual abuse in 2013 than they did in 2012, the army chief of staff's women's affairs adviser has reported, with males soldiers making up nine percent of the reported victims compared to the four percent two years ago.  

Lawyers, authorized by the Israel Bar Association, reported that Saharonim migrant detention center does not comply with approved blueprints, with some cell slacking toilets. 

Natalie Portman joined the Israeli effort to aid Syrian refugees suffering from the civil war in their country, stating, "I am proud to take part in an operation where Israeli youth of all backgrounds are taking action to help out those" who need it most.