* Hagel confirms unprecedented arms sales to Israel In Tel Aviv, US defense secretary says IAF will receive aerial refuelers and vertical-takeoff plane; Ya'alon hints at Israeli airstrike in Syria.
* 'Israeli drones given leave to fly over Jordan' Military aircraft with attack capability allocated two corridors to access Syria, monitor chemical weapons, report says.
* Egypt to offer new Hamas-Fatah compromise formula Hamas will have to forgo PLO aspirations and Fatah to agree on a long-term unity government, Arabic daily reports.
* When in Rome: The Eternal City takes a step back in time as it celebrates 2,766th birthday When in Rome, it is said, one should do as the Romans do.
* Syrian activists fear heavy toll near Damascus Six days of fighting near Damascus has killed at least 100 people and possibly many more, activists said Monday, in what both sides say may be a dramatic spike in the Syria's civil war death toll.
* Leading EU countries to stigmatise Israeli settler goods France and the Netherlands have joined an initiative by 13 EU states to help European consumers boycott goods made by Israeli settlers on Palestinian land.
* Sweden: who needs Nato, when you have the Lisbon Treaty? Swedish defence minister Karin Enstrom has said her country is not in Nato partly because the EU treaty contains its own security guarantee.
* Kerry in Brussels this WEEK US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Brussels on Monday (22 April) for his first visit to the EU capital since taking up his post earlier this year.
* Report: Israel covering up major biblical archeology find Israel's Makor Rishon Hebrew daily reported at the weekend that a major biblical archeology find in the Judean hills south of Jerusalem is apparently being covered up by the government.
* After canceling twice, Netanyahu again set to visit China PM will leave for Beijing on May 5, becoming the first Israeli prime minister to head to the People's Republic since 2007.