The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has deteriorated and he is suffering from kidney failure.
Israel is the sixth favorite country of American citizens, a survey found.
Israeli government money was transferred for the first time to the Reform Movement in Israel to pay the salaries of four community Reform rabbis.
Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to narrow differences between Israelis and Palestinians in peace talks this week that are intended to guide the sides toward a deal in April, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.
A petition signed by 106 Knesset members calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard, held in a U.S. prison for over 28 years for spying for Israel, was presented to Israeli President Shimon Peres.