"Only a strong tiger will take care of the weak."--The campaign slogan—a take-off from Shas—of Pelly the Tiger, who won the elections at the Ramat Gan Safari.
- Barak blocks two generals from speaking at memorial - Major-General Gadi Eizenkot was meant to comment on asymmetrical warfare (conducted by an army against a non-military organization, like the IDF’s warfare in the last decades). But due to Barak’s ban he did not attend the event. Major-General Yossi Baidatz eventually made his address, after much pressure by the event's organizers, which focused on the strategic and operative challenges facing the army in this kind of warfare. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
- Netanyahu's disgraced bureau chief may return to PMO - Natan Eshel, who admitted last March to inappropriate conduct involving a female government employee, met with Prime Minister's Office's legal advisor as officials set ground for his return. (Yedioth/Ynet)
- Happiness is personal, not national, Israelis say - Forget war, wage inequality or the price of dairy. When it comes to ranking their quality of life, Israelis eschew the big picture in favor of what affects them right now, according to a new survey. (Haaretz+)
- Russia warns Israel and West not to attack Iran over nuclear program - Russian FM Lavrov urges Iran to accept U.N. watchdog's bid to inspect nuclear facilities. (Agencies, Haaretz)
- U.S. protests 'State of Palestine' placard in U.N. - Susan Rice said that the United States does not recognize the General Assembly vote in November 'as bestowing Palestinian 'statehood' or recognition.' (Haaretz+)
- Americans in Israel toast to four more years of Obama - On the eve of the Israeli elections, U.S. immigrants and visitors gathered to watch a live broadcast of Obama's inauguration in Washington, D.C. (Haaretz+)
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