A Third Ear store in Jerusalem.
A Third Ear store in Jerusalem. Photo by Emil Salman
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China issued veiled criticism of Israel over its military strike in Syria Monday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his five-day tour in in the country.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon approved on Monday IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz’s plan to shorten the term of compulsory army service by four months starting July 2015.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerelle said during a special address on Monday to the World Jewish Congress that his government’s position on the Syrian uprising was strongly influenced by Israel’s security interests.  

Education Minister Shai Piron called on Israeli high-school seniors Monday morning not to hold ostentatious graduation proms. Writing on his (Hebrew-only) Facebook page, Piron asked students "to think about the way you celebrate graduation. Maybe I'm conservative, but I don't really like the word 'ball.' I don't like the great expense, that puts students who are hard up in an awkward position. Does a graduation party have to embarrass young men and women?

Jerusalem’s culture lovers have suffered two blows in recent weeks. First, the Music Center store − which offered the city’s best selection of disks and tapes − shut its doors. Shortly afterward, the Third Ear chain announced that it was closing its film rental library in the city.

The surviving member of a neo-Nazi cell blamed for a series of racist murders that scandalized Germany and shamed its authorities goes on trial Monday in one of the most anticipated court cases in recent German history.

The Bank of Israel spent tens of millions of dollars Monday morning buying the greenback – its fourth intervention since April 8 in a bid to tame the surging shekel.

Members of Habayit Hayehudi are split over who to support in the race for Chief Rabbinate, with party leader Naftali Bennett strongly in favor of Rabbi David Stav, a founder of the religious Zionist organization, Tzohar.