* On Israel's Independence Day, UNESCO Vote to Declare Israel Has No Right to West Jerusalem Either The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will celebrate Israel's Independence Day next week by voting on anti-Israel resolutions.
* Tension Mounts as Syrian drone intercepted over Golan following Israeli bombing in Damascus airport A Patriot anti-ballistic missile stationed in the north of the country intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle that infiltrated Israel from Syria on Thursday evening.
* North Korea crisis: Tillerson says US open to talks The US is open to negotiations with North Korea aimed at removing nuclear weapons from the region, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.
* Korea crisis countdown: US Deploys THAAD, Nuke Sub, as China launches Aircraft Carrier The US early Wednesday, April 26, began moving the THAAD missile defense system to central South Korea opposite the border with the North - months ahead of schedule.
* Palestinians Must Admit Defeat, Republican Caucus Says Washington- A number of conservative Republicans in Congress have launched a pro-Israel caucus predicated on getting the Palestinians to acknowledge defeat.
* Pope Francis arrives in Cairo seeking to mend ties with Islam In an address to the Egyptian people this week, Francis said he hoped his visit would help bring peace and encourage dialog and reconciliation with the Islamic world.
* Jerusalem mayor: Arabs live better in this city than anywhere else in Mideast Nir Barkat says all of the capital's diverse residents are 'his children'; rejects allegations of inequality in municipal services.
* Five of Israel's Latest 'Miracles' Leading Up to its 69th Birthday With its forces vastly outnumbered by Arab armies, Israel's victory in the 1948 War of Independence was widely considered a modern-day miracle. The Jewish state shocked the world again in 1967 by significantly expanding its borders and reunifying Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.
* Palestinian leaders vow to sue UK government after it refuses to apologize for Balfour Declaration "Palestinian leaders have vowed to sue the British Government after it refused to apologise for a 1917 declaration that paved the way for the creation of Israel."
* Israel plans construction of 15,000 new settlements in E. Jerusalem Israeli authorities are planning to build some 15,000 new settlements in East Jerusalem, Reuters and local media reported, citing the Housing Ministry.