* Israel's air superiority clouded by new Russian missiles in Syria Putin's deployment of advanced S-400 system impacts a mainstay of Israel's defense strategy, though coordination with Moscow mitigates the threat.
* Syria conflict: Russia accuses Erdogan of trading oil with IS Russia's defence ministry has accused the family of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of being directly involved in the trade of petroleum with the Islamic State group.
* Islamic Movement leader blames West for 'religious wars' Deputy leader Kamal Khatib claims Paris attacks are 'nothing' compared to Protestant-Catholic conflicts, persecution of Muslims.
* Iraqis think the U.S. is in cahoots with the Islamic State, and it is hurting the war While testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Dec. 1, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that the United States is deploying a specialized expeditionary targeting force to help Iraq put additional pressure on Islamic State.
* First ever seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king exposed near Temple Mount Unprecedented King Hezekiah royal seal discovered in Ophel excavations brings to life Biblical narratives of Jerusalem's First Temple period.
* UN Teachers Glorify Knife Attacks Against "Jewish Apes And Pigs" Despite repeated promises to stop the incitement, United Nations teachers in the Palestinian territories are glorifying knife attacks against what they term "Jewish apes and pigs" the Geneva-based NGO UN Watch reported.
* ISIS starts building an air force in Libya Officials reveal ISIS using flight simulators to train pilots in Libya; UN report lists up to 3,000 ISIS jihadists in the strategic state.
* Assad: Peace only when West ends support for "terrorists" Damascus strongman accuses "France, UK, US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some others" of perpetuating Syria's civil war.
* IDF holds surprise drill in the Gaza region General staff drill to take place in southern region, with residents likely to feel heavy presence of vehicles and jets.
* Watch: How the West can learn from Israel to beat ISIS Israeli Education Min. Naftali Bennett says western powers must first genuinely believe they can win - and then take tough action.