U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmuss
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, December 4, 2012. Photo by AP
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Australia and Brazil join on Tuesday European countries and summoned the Israeli ambassadors to their countries to protest the plan to build 1,700 housing units in East Jerusalem. The move was an Israeli response to the UN decision to accept Palestine as a non-member observer state.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed his admiration for U.S. President Barack Obama's willingness to support Israel at the UN General Assembly so it "would not be left alone.'

Iran has captured a U.S. drone flying in the country's airspace, its state media reported on Tuesday, saying it had entered Iranian airspace. The U.S. Navy denied the claim, adding that all its drones are "fully accounted for."

NATO foreign ministers are expected to agree on Tuesday to send Patriot missiles to Turkey to calm its fears that it could come under Syrian missile attack, with the possibly of chemical weapons.

In a speech at the National Defense University, U.S. President Barack Obama warned Syrian President Bashar Assad not to use the weapons.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused Monday the Syrian government of violating the 1974 separation of forces agreement with Israel in the Golan Heights, calling on both countries to halt firing across the cease-fire line.

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov (Yisrael Beiteinu) announced on Tuesday he would resign from political life. The statement came a day after a similar statement was made by the controversial MK Anastassia Michaeli.

Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club suspended its captain, Guy Pnini, after the player was caught on camera calling a rival player a Nazi.