A Cobra helicopter.
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An Israeli military helicopter crashed overnight Tuesday near Kibbutz Revadim in southern Israel. The two pilots died in the crash. Lieutenant Colonel Noam Ron, 49, from Oranit and Major Erez Flexer, 31, from Haifa, were reservists on a routine training flight.

In a precedent-setting move, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees submitted a request to file a friend-of-the-court-brief with the High Court of Justice last Thursday. The case is a petition by all the human rights organizations fighting for refugee rights in Israel and a number of illegal immigrants seeking asylum − and it asks the High Court to make an exceptional decision and rule a law unconstitutional: The Law for the Prevention of Infiltration.

Likud and Yesh Atid officials are expected to step up their demands regarding the coveted education portfolio in negotiations over Israel's new coalition. Yesh Atid officials said that if need be, they will opt for new elections.

Three female MKs joined Women of the Wall for their monthly prayer service at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem, where they donned prayer shawls while praying - a custom reserved under Israeli law for men only. This is the first time in weeks that no woman was arrested

A World Bank report published ahead of a forum of donors to the Palestinian Authority to be held in Brussels next week warns of the continued deterioration of the Palestinian economy, one “that will have lasting and costly implications for economic competitiveness and social cohesion.”

The Jewish-American gymnast, who performed her gold-medal winning floor exercise routine to the tune of that traditional folk song at the 2012 London Olympics, will compete in the 19th Maccabiah Games this July, organizers announced Monday at a news conference at the Maccabiah Village in Ramat Gan.

Five couples whose children attend Ein Bustan, a Jewish-Arab school that follows the Waldorf method of teaching, have been summoned to the Court of Local Affairs in Kiryat Bialik and accused of breaking the Compulsory Education Law. The law requires parents to send their children to accredited educational institutions from the age of 5 up through 12th grade, and Ein Bustan, the Ministry says, does not qualify.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former Soviet President Michael Gorbachev and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be among the world leaders and dignitaries attending the upcoming Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, which this year will also mark President Shimon Peres’s 90th birthday.