Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he is willing to resume peace talks with the Palestinians without delay or conditions.
A UN inquiry into attacks by Israeli forces on its property in the Gaza conflict this year is heavily critical of Israel’s military.
With the continuing danger from Islamic Jihad, a conference was held in Jerusalem to counter this threat.
Tourism to Israel has dried up in the wake of the international economic crisis, and local industries are feeling the pinch.
Peres told Obama that Israel agrees with the US on negotiating peace with Syria and the PA and with diplomatic efforts to deal with Iran.
Israelís largest public transport company will distribute a Jewish-themed weekly on buses serving the hareidi religious population.
Media freedom campaigners criticise Yemen for alleged attempts to suppress reporting about protests in the south.