mid growing concerns about security threats from Syria and Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has greatly reduced planned defense budget cuts.
UPI Almanac for Friday, May 17, 2013.
An Israeli official says the Assad regime has been warned it faces dire consequences if it counters any future military strikes on Syria to stop arms transfers.
Budget cuts of 2 percent for nearly every department of the Israel government were approved Tuesday by the Israeli cabinet for fiscal year 2013, officials say.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived in Russia Tuesday to discuss the volatile situation in the Middle East with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The cost to install a double bed chamber on a plane for Israel's prime minister during a recent flight to London has caused an uproar, Israel's Channel 10 said.
Israel's prime minister will visit Russia next week to urge an end to arms shipments to the Syrian military, a source told Russia's RIA Novosti news agency.
Plans to build 296 homes in the West Bank settlement of Beit El passed the initial approval stage, officials said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Israeli-Palestinian peace had an urgent, new opportunity to make headway, and he intended to take advantage of it.
Palestinians report growing indications of oil in the occupied West Bank, which Israel may be quietly exploiting.