Israel has loomed large for Republican Senators opposing the nomination of their former colleague Chuck Hagel to be US Defense Secretary. Among other things, they question his commitment to Israel's security.
An Israeli soccer team, the only one that's been comprised of only Jewish players, ignited a storm of controversy by adding Muslim soccer players to its roster. Israeli officials are taking a firm stand against racism that has cropped up in its wake.
One of Israel's leading professional soccer clubs is going through a nasty episode of intolerance - and violence. Fans are angry about their team signing two Muslims. A few weeks ago, the team was the only one in Israel with an all-Jewish roster.
Israel's new parliament includes a record number of lawmakers who live in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. One of them is the first to be elected from the controversial settlement in the city of Hebron, as The World's Matthew Bell reports.
President Obama's first overseas trip of his second term will include stops in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. The administration says Iran, Syria and the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process are on the agenda.
Palestinian protesters fed up with Israeli settlements going up on Palestinian-owned land are trying a new tactic. They're building settlements, out of tents and shacks, first. So far they haven't lasted but, really, that's not the point.
Regional security officials have said that Israeli planes conducted an airstrike on an unnamed target on the Syria-Lebanon border. Israeli officials have warned against Syria sending chemical weapons or surface-to-air missiles to Hezbollah.
With Israeli elections just two weeks away, polls suggest that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party are in good shape to win. But there's a new political personality who's keeping the campaign interesting.