S-300 air defense missiles.
An archive photo of an S-300 air-defense missiles launcher, left, and a S-300 missiles guidance station, right, at an undisclosed location in Russia. Photo by AP
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U.S. officials stated Israel had asked Russia to block the sale of advanced missile defense systems to Syria, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

The number of Hezbollah militants sent to aid Assad in Syria is now estimated at several thousand; Israeli sources said the risk of Syrian retaliation for last week's alleged Israeli strikes has fallen.

A new report by the human rights group B'Tselem provided statistics showing more than half the Palestinians killed by the IDF during its 2012 Gaza Strip operations were civilians, and more than a third of them were under 18.

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to "build mutual trust" and resume dialogue, saying China wanted to promote peace in the Middle East. 

Earlier, Benjamin Netanyahu and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang signed an agreement enabling increased Israeli exports to China, a deal which should significantly boost Israel's economy, adding insurance against risk and improving cooperation between the two nations.

After a stormy debate and amid heavy oppositional outcry, the Knesset approved the initial reading of a controversial bill that would make it more difficult to topple an acting government.

Several dozens of Jordanian civilians demonstrated outside the Israeli embassy in Amman, following Jordan's public condemnation of Israel's role in the Jerusalem Day riots on the Temple Mount.

And advanced negotiations are underway between Facbook and the Israeli navigation company Waze, whom it is attempting to buy, at a price said to be around $1 billion.