Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to cancel a trip to SA is likely to remind many of the difficult relationship between Tel Aviv and Pretoria.
The development of hundreds of settler homes in the West Bank has been approved by a committee of the Israel military, says a settlement watchdog.
As Iran's new president reaches out to the West with a message of moderation, Israel's hawkish approach looks likely to come under pressure.
Israel is bolstering its defence systems ahead of a possible US attack on Syria that could spill across the Jewish state's northern border.
Israel and the Palestinians have laid the groundwork for resuming peace talks after an almost three-year stalemate, the US has announced.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held out the prospect on Sunday of further Israeli strikes inside Syria.
Israel's prime minister is under fire for a costly lifestyle at taxpayers' expense, just as his government slashes welfare benefits and raises taxes.
Benjamin Netanyahu has curbed building projects in Jewish settlements, say media reports, in a bid to help the US revive peace talks with Palestine.
US President Barack Obama has said that settlement building in the occupied West Bank did not "advance the cause of peace".
Barack Obama has headed to Israel on a mission to soothe tensions with his hosts but faces scepticism about his plans to thwart Iran's nuclear threat.
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.
Israeli prime minister's aides accused United States president of interfering in Israel's elections.
Israel moved ahead with plans to build 3 000 settler homes in one of the most sensitive areas of the West Bank.
Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, defying a UN vote.
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu has called US President Barack Obama and the two discussed options for "de-escalating" the situation in Israel and Gaza.
World leaders have been quick to congratulate US President Barack Obama on his re-election, and used the opportunity to punt their interests.
On a train ride through Jerusalem's various enclaves, no one is prepared to bet against Netanyahu.
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked furious debate over refugees and migrant workers from Africa, claiming they threaten the nation's security.
Israel has begun plans to build a controversial detention centre for refugees and illegal immigrants. It is meant to detain "infiltrators".
Millions of Israelis stood silently and all road traffic stopped as sirens wailed for two minutes to remember the Jews killed during the Holocaust.