Illegal construction work in the West Bank settlement of Beit El.
Illegal construction work in the West Bank settlement of Beit El. Photo by Azmi Badeer / Yesh Din
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The Gush Eztion Regional Council provided Israel's High Court with a fraudulent affidavit which states that illegally-built structures were inhabited and thus interim injunctions which would implement their destruction cannot be filed.

President Barack Obama’s controversial candidate for the post of U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, believes that in any Middle East peace agreement there is only one issue that is not negotiable: Israel’s Jewish identity.

Religious Zionist rabbi Benny Lau has launched a scathing attack on the Israeli anti-abortion organization Efrat and its supporters within the establishment. The non-profit is set to receive the Jerusalem Prize on Monday.

Stormy weather is continuing to cause damage Monday morning throughout the country. At Magen Junction in the south two passengers were slightly injured when a tree collapsed onto their vehicle. They were taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva for medical treatment. On Bartenura Street in Bnei Brak a man was lightly injured when he was hit by a flying tree branch and received medical treatment on the spot.

Although the focus has been on others, the criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conduct during the so-called Harpaz affair is no less disturbing, showing someone who does not want to get his hands dirty.

The leader of Vienna's Jewish community says the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Austria reported to his office have doubled over the past year and adds that Jews are under duress elsewhere in the EU as well.

Egypt's army foiled an attack on a church in North Sinai on the eve of Coptic Christmas, a spokesman said on Monday, as Pope Tawadros II prayed for security in the country.

Despite the woes of the world's airlines, 2012 was actually a good year for international aviation to and from Israel. About 12.4 million passengers transited through Ben-Gurion International Airport over the course of the year, the Israel Airports Authority said, 1.5 percent more than in 2011.