Pic(k) of the Week

Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park

Visitors are seen in the Bell Caves, one of the ancient caves of Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located near the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel, on June 1, 2017. The network of hundreds of man-made caves excavated near the ancient towns of Maresha and Beit-Guvrin bear witness to a succession of historical periods of excavation and usage stretching over 2,000 years, from the Iron Age to the Crusades, as well as a great variety of subterranean construction methods.

Israel pays final respects to Shimon Peres

Ayelet Frish, Media consult for the late Israeli President Shimon Peres, cries after paying her respects next to the coffin of Peres at the plaza of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset  in Jerusalem, on September 29, 2016. Peres, former Israeli prime minister and president and died at the age of 93 on September 28.

Another day at the Israeli parliament

Revital Swid, a parliament member of the Israeli Zionist Union party, reacts during a session of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee discussing a proposed bill to permit 90 parliament members to vote out a peer they deem has committed inappropriate behavior, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, on February 10, 2016. The initiative for the bill came in response to a meeting of Arab Joint List party members Jamal Zahalka, Haneen Zoabi and Basel Ghattas with the families of Palestinian terrorists whose bodies are being held by Israeli Police accusing the families of rejecting demands to hold a small funeral to avoid violence.


Former Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert (L) and one of his bodyguards are silhouetted as Olmert waits for the judge at the courtroom of the Magistrates Court in Jerusalem, on February 2, 2016. Olmert was convicted Tuesday of obstructing justice in two corruption cases against him after pleading guilty under a plea bargain reached with the State Prosecutor’s Office.


Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend a protest against recruitment to the Israeli army, expressing their opposition to new amendments in the contentious Equal Service law, at the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, on December 22, 2015. In November, Israeli lawmakers approved an amendment to the Equal Service law, which dramatically rolled back the 2014 reforms on ultra-Orthodox recruitment into the Israel Defense Forces and scrapped the communal penalties imposed if annual quotas for ultra-orthodox soldiers were not met.