Following the death of Ariel Sharon, Isreal has increased its security for the former prime minister's funeral near the Gaza border.
The former Israeli general and prime minister has died after suffering a stroke and spending the past eight years in a coma.
Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him.
Efforts to negotiate curbs on Iran's nuclear programme have backfired by giving it more time to work on building a bomb, said Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, defying a UN vote.
Israel faced on Wednesday what could be weeks of political uncertainty after an election that ended with clashing claims of victory.
Palestinian armed groups in Gaza are observing a 24-hour halt to rocket fire against Israel at the request of Egyptian mediators, an official said.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday he was ready to free about 250 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to help President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction. The two leaders held talks in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, their first meeting since Islamist Hamas militants seized the Gaza Strip nearly two weeks ago.