Shimon Peres - GPO - 21.6.2012
Shimon Peres addressing the Israeli Presidential Conference, June 21, 2012. Photo by GPO
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Israel can't make peace with "open eyes," President Shimon Peres said at the fourth Israeli Presidential Conference on Thursday, adding that sides must forget about the past and focus on the future to end the years-long conflict.

The international community's "paralysis" in the face of ongoing strife and violence in Syria highlights the importance of a unified global front against Iran's nuclear program, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview to U.S. media on Wednesday.

U.S. intelligence officers are secretly operating near Turkey's border with Syria, in an attempt to ensure that weapons meant for Syrian opposition groups do not end up in militias aligned with al-Qaida, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

A German museum published the catalogue of Hermann Goering's art collection on Wednesday, showing that Adolf Hitler's one-time second in command was in possession of over 4,000 items, some of which were looted during the Second World War.

A short story by Israeli author Shani Boianjiu has been published in this week's issue of The New Yorker. "Means of Suppressing Demonstrations" is part of Boianjiu's first novel, due to be published in September.

Gaza militants fired seven rockets at the western Negev overnight, including five on Thursday morning, despite reported Hamas attempts to end a recent violent escalation along the Strip's border with Israel.

A national cancer data bank is soon to be established in Israel, after the Health Ministry awarded rights to operate it to four hospitals: Hadassah, Sheba, Ichilov and Rambam.

The Civil Service Commission's annual report for 2011 reveals that Arab and Druze workers made up only 6.1% of government employees.