* IN PICTURES: Thousands flock to Western Wall for traditional priestly blessing The traditional priestly blessing is said annually in honor of Succot, Passover and Shavuot.
* The Festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles) Each of the three major festivals, the sacred seasons sanctified by the G-d of Israel, has a designation by which it is known in the texts of Jewish liturgy and tradition.
* 'Israel concerned with build-up of Iranian forces in Syria near Golan border' Likud Minister Steinitz says Israel will make it clear to US, Russia and other world powers that Iranian forces must not be allowed to mass on Israel's border.
* IS wants to kill millions, says 'embedded' German reporter Jurgen Todenhufer, who spent 10 harrowing days with terror group last year, claims jihadists planning 'biggest religious cleansing in history'.
* US, allies short on options as Russia and Iran flex muscle in Syria US-led coalition, created to combat ISIS threat in Syria and Iraq, has been wrong footed by Russian jets pounding rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad.
* Analysis: The best reason for Iran deal? The West will learn where to drop bombs Without a deal, the allies have no way of knowing which sites are truly important.
* American Officials: Netanyahu Has Ended Fight Against Iran Deal American officials claim Netanyahu's UN speech was the swansong on his public fight against the Iran deal.
* Merkel: Iran's stance on Israel 'unacceptable' In highly empathetic interview to Israeli paper to mark 50 years of ties, chancellor cites Germany's 'constant responsibility' for Holocaust, 'fundamental commitment' to Israel's well-being.
* Paris talks end in Russia-Ukraine 'truce' Russia-Ukraine talks in Paris ended Friday (2 October) with a deal on rogue elections and weapons pull-backs.
* Abbas's Trap: The Big Bluff After weeks of threatening to drop a bombshell during his speech before the UN General Assembly, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on September 30 proved once again that he is an expert in the art of bluffing.