Max Aaron
Max Aaron, the 2013 U.S. Men's Figure Skating Champion. Photo by U.S. Figure Skating Association
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Israel's state archives on Sunday published confidential protocols which were recorded during U.S. President Jimmy Carter's historic 1979 visit to Israel to participate in the signing of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. The protocols quote an upset and anxious Prime Minister Menachem Begin saying: "I must admit, I know how to keep calm, and I have proven that today. This makes my blood boil."

Preparations in Israel are moving briskly ahead for the first presidential visit of Barack Obama, for which the Israel Police has assigned 15,000 officers to protect the president and his entourage.

Ahead of Monday's swearing in ceremony of the new Israeli government, details of its policy commitments and ministries emerged; the peace process will be pushed to the margins while focus will shift to economic and social policies.

A former Israeli judge wanted in Israel for fraud arrived in Israel Sunday morning after the Peruvian authorities arrested him on Friday and put him on a plane to Tel Aviv for extradition the same day.

Figure skater Max Aaron arrived in London, Ontario for the 2013 World Figure Skating Championship, sporting a long-coveted U.S. national team jacket, and surrounded by autograph seekers as soon as he stepped off the bus. Aaron grew up in a Conservative Jewish home with parents who taught him Jewish faith and culture.

A brigadier general and about 20 soldiers defected from the Syrian army in two separate incidents on Saturday, activists said, in another sign that the strength of President Bashar Assad's armed forces is diminishing.

Barbara Streisand is due to make her debut performance in Israel this June, acceding to the request of President Shimon Peres to be the opening act at the fifth Israeli Presidential Conference.

Word of the Day / Shai lahag: In Israel, this is the time of year for giving gifts. But not just any gifts - holiday gifts. And for that, we have a special name.