* Russia stepping up military aid to Syria's Assad In recent weeks Russia has stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria.
* White House: World security hinges on success of Iran nuclear deal "For the sake of our national security and the peace and security of the world," diplomacy with Iran must be given a chance to succeed, the White House charged.
* Hezbollah digs in for more conflict with Israel This week brought more wonders from the new and utterly unpredictable Middle East.
* Jordan's king reportedly updated Netanyahu on Iran meeting Jordan's King Abdullah II updated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Iranian foreign minister's recent visit to Jordan.
* Gaza's teens prepare for battle with Israel The New York Times followed a graduation ceremony at Hamas' training camp in Gaza, where the next generation of fighters is being trained ahead of a possible future battle.
* A lopsided election victory The Egyptian constitutional referendum brings back memories of past Arab elections.
* Police Ban Dried Fruit on Temple Mount Jews who ascend to the Temple Mount have become used discriminatory measures against them.
* The Not Quite Dead Sea One of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world, the Dead Sea is the world's largest day spa.
* PM lashes European 'hypocrites' for settlement complaints Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that expanding already existing Jewish settlements does not impede the peace talks.
* Netanyahu says if Rouhani agrees to recognize Israel, he would consider meeting him Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu may not meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week.