The world’s Catholics have a new Pope. And the people of Israel have a new government. For the latter, it has been a long, long wait.
It looks like the two-state solution is to be given another chance. May be a last chance. That itself might concentrate minds.
Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to say sorry for an 'offensive' cartoon on the recent Israeli elections published in the Sunday Times.
Benjamin Netanyahu branded the Iranian President's UN speech "cynical" and said that Iran was buying time to develop nuclear weapons capability.
"It was a cynical speech full of hypocrisy," Netanyahu said in a statement.
"It had no practical suggestion to stop Iran's military nuclear programme and no commitment to fulfil U.N. Security Council decisions. That exactly is the Iranian plan, to talk and buy time in order to advance Iran's capability to obtain nuclear weapons."
Iran denies it is trying to build nuclear weapons and says its programme is for peaceful purposes.
An Israeli cabinet panel today decided to free 26 Palestinian prisoners over the next few days as part of a deal that will see peace talks resume, an official statement said.
The prisoners would be the first of four groups totalling 104 that prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet last month agreed to release in a step aimed at renewing negotiations.
The decision comes three days before a scheduled second round of Israeli-Palestinian talks being held in Israel and the West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has successfully undergone hernia surgery, his office has said.
Mr Netanyahu's office said he is recuperating at a Jerusalem hospital following overnight surgery for an umbilical hernia after he felt pain yesterday.
Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon was appointed acting prime minister during the few hours Mr Netanyahu was unconscious.
Is Israeli prime minister will be discharged from hospital later today to recuperate at home, his office added.
Speaking in Israel, Foreign Secretary William Hague responded to the Woolwich soldier murder. He said: "As our Prime Minister said this morning, we will never give into terror."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added: "We wish to send our condolences to the family and to the people of Britain... We sympathise deeply."
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will use alternative sleeping arrangements during future flights, after spending tens of thousands of pounds of public funds on installing a customised bed for his recent trip to London.
Mr Netanyahu splashed out £82,000 on a customised sleeping cabin for a five-hour flight to attend the funeral of Margaret Thatcher last month, according to the Israeli TV's Channel 10.
The prime minister's office initially defended the decision, citing his busy schedule and his need to be fresh and alert for important meetings.
Officials said he had been unaware of the cost and has since ordered the bed to be cancelled on all future flights.
The controversy comes as the Israeli government seeks to implement austerity measures and tax increases.
Earlier in the year, Mr Netanyahu stopped buying ice cream from a Jerusalem parlour which was costing his office £1,760 a year, following revelations by an Israeli newspaper.
David Cameron has held talks with Benjamin Netanyahu in which he urged the Israeli Prime Minister to take action to get the Middle East peace process back on track.
The Prime Minister told Mr Netanyahu, who was in London for Baroness Thatcher's funeral, it was "essential" to improve the economic and security situation in the occupied territories.
Foreign Secretary William Hague had warned earlier this year that hopes for a two-state solution forged by Israelis and Palestinians were "slipping away".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has paid tribute to Margaret Thatcher as a 'truly great leader' in a series of tweets:
PM Netanyahu: I send my most sincere condolences to Mrs #Thatcher's family and to the government and people of Great Britain.
PM Netanyahu: Margaret #Thatcher was a staunch friend of Israel and of the Jewish people.
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a coalition government deal according to his party spokesman.
Ex-Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni will head any future peace talks with Palestinians after agreeing to join Benjamin Netanyahu's next government.
Livni is seen as an effective advocate of a two-state solution with Palestine.
An official announcement is expected shortly.