Peace talk efforts notwithstanding, Israelis have been transfixed by a series of high-profile violent crimes committed by two immigrants. Critics question if the door is open too wide to Jews wanting to live in Israel.
Omri Casspi became the first Israeli to play in the NBA on Wednesday. But Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Israeli team that trained him, faces claims of financial scandal triggered by the suicide of a vice president.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet still refuses to set up an investigation into war crimes allegations made in the Goldstone report, but some Israelis say his government should change course.
Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of Israel's Islamic Movement, was banned from Jerusalem after three days of sporadic violence. Police say they banned him on suspicion that he was inciting violence.
Sunday's missile tests come after the US, Britain, and France revealed Iran's secret nuclear facility, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging US lawmakers to act now.
At the UN Tuesday, Obama appeared to drop his demand that Israel freeze settlement growth as a precondition to negotiations by calling on it to “restrain” activity instead.
The UN report, which accuses Israel of committing war crimes, "makes a mockery of history," said Israeli President Shimon Peres.