Israel's military increased its forces on the northern border with Syria following advances by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights region.
The rebels reportedly began entering the demilitarized zone between Syria and Israel on Saturday and threatened to retake the Golan. Most of Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops have left the area, Ynet reported.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, widely seen as a likely frontrunner in this year's Democratic primary for mayor, launched her campaign on Sunday with a "walk and talk" tour of the five boroughs and promised to visit all the city's diverse neighborhoods before the vote.
After claiming her Twitter account was hacked, an Egyptian human rights activist appeared to acknowledge at least some of the anti-Jewish tweets that led the Obama administration to delay honoring her with an award.
President Obama believes prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are “bleak,” but he still will urge both sides to avoid unilateral actions that might further damage a process he hopes will be back on track within a year.
That was the message Obama delivered Thursday in a meeting with about 25 Jewish community figures at the White House to discuss his planned trip to Israel later this month. Obama was especially engaged, participants said, when it came to discussing how he might best convey to the Israeli people his enthusiasm for Israel and its Jewish history.
Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren on Tuesday night defended Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as a friend of Israel -- and dismissed comments the former senator made about Zionist influence on Capitol Hill – during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”