Friends, relatives and other members of the Jewish community gather for the burial ceremony as they attend the joint funeral of four Jewish victims of the terrorist attack on a kosher grocery store in Paris last week, at Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel, on January 13, 2015. Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, Francois-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab, the four French Jews killed in the attack, after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France for burial in the Jewish state.
People are seen as they walk on the snow covered grass at Sacher Park, during a winter storm in Jerusalem, Israel, on January 7, 2015. A powerful winter storm is sweeping through the Middle East, with blizzards, rain, strong winds and freezing temperatures. Schools across Jerusalem were closed today and Israeli police closed the two main access routes to Jerusalem several hours before the snow began falling to avoid chaos on the steep roads approaching the city, as forecasters believe some 30 centimeters of snow could fall overnight in Jerusalem and the cold spell in higher elevations will last for several days.
Greenpeace activists wearing protective gear hold banners and photographs depicting the damages caused by oil pollution from a breached pipeline at the Evrona Nature Reserve in southern Israel earlier this month, during a demonstration against oil shale drilling in the Golan Heights, in front of the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem, on December 23, 2014. The High Court of Justice convened today to discuss a petition filed by environmentalists and a group of local residents, demanding the repeal of exploratory drilling plans. The plans, approved by the Northern District Committee for Planning and Building in July, are set to be conducted by Afek Oil and Gas, a subsidiary of the New Jersey-based Genie Energy Ltd. and include the drilling of 10 exploratory wells over three years in the southeastern portion of the Golan Heights in northern Israel, at a cost of $25-$30 million.
An Israeli army rabbi touches the coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, as it lies in state at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, on January 12, 2014. Sharon, a former Israeli general and prime minister, died Saturday, aged 85, after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is seen at the courtroom of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Israel, on December 04, 2014. An expanded five-justice panel of the Supreme Court heard the third day of appeals by former PM Ehud Olmert to overturn a district court decision from last year, that found him guilty of bribery over his ties to to the construction of the massive Holyland residential complex when he served as the mayor of Jerusalem, in one of the worst corruption scandals in Israeli history.
Ethiopian Jewish community leaders or 'Kessim' hold umbrellas as they pray during a ceremony marking the 'Sigd' Ethiopian Jewish holiday at a hilltop in Jerusalem, Israel, on November 20, 2014. The holiday symbolizes the community's desire and aspirations for "return to Jerusalem". It is celebrated in the holy city with thousands of Ethiopians from all over Israel congregating to pray together at a promenade overlooking Jerusalem's Old City.
Israeli policemen take position near the scene of an attack in a Synagogue in Jerusalem, Israel, on November 18, 2014. Two Palestinian men armed with axes, knives and guns attacked worshippers praying inside the Synagogue, killing four people before they were shot dead by police, Israeli officials said.
Israelis attend a prayer rally for the recovery of Yehuda Glick, at Safra Square in Jerusalem, on November 1, 2014. Glick, a far-right Jewish activist who has led a campaign for Jews to be allowed to pray at the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and to Muslims as al-Aqsa, was shot and seriously wounded earlier this week by a suspected Palestinian gunman.
A worker of the Israel Antiquities Authority, cleans a rare 2,000 year old stone fragment with an official Latin commemorative inscription dedicated to the Roman emperor Hadrian, displayed during a press conference held at Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem, Israel, on October 21, 2014. Researchers believe the rare find, which was discovered in Jerusalem, is among the most important Latin inscriptions ever discovered in Jerusalem.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children carry wooden planks to be used to build the ritual booth known as sukkah, at the Mea Shearim neighbourhood in Jerusalem, Israel, on October 5, 2014, ahead of the upcoming week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the feast of the Tabernacles. The week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot begins on Wednesday at sundown and commemorates the exodus of Jews from Egypt and the fourty years of wandering in the desert.
An honor guard of Israeli soldiers prepare ahead of a welcoming ceremony for Romanian President Traian Basescu (not pictured) at the Israeli President's residence in Jerusalem, on January 20, 2014. Basescu is on an official visit to the region.
Residents of Beit Shemesh hold banners and chant slogans as they protest against what they claim was electoral fraud, following the victory of the ultra-Orthodox candidate and current mayor Moshe Abutbul (not pictured) in the mayoral election, during a demonstration held in front of the municipality building in the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel, on October 29, 2013. Thousands of protesters were demanding a new vote in the mayoral election and even suggesting the city be split in two claiming the election was stolen.
A woman reacts during a memorial ceremony marking 70 years since the murder of the Jews in Ukraine, including the massacres at Babi Yar and adjacent areas at the Hall of Remembrance of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, Israel, on October 6, 2011. 70 years ago this week, 33,771 Jews were murdered in Babi Yar, near Kiev. As the German army advanced eastward in the fall of 1941 during World War II, similar mass murders of Jews took place throughout the region during this period.
A Palestinian youth on horseback waves a flag as Palestinians celebrate the prisoner swap deal reached between Israel and Hamas at the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyya, Israel, on October 18, 2011. Hundreds of people gathered in East Jerusalem to celebrate the return of prisoners freed under a swap deal with Israel which freed captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit after five years of captivity.
Activists of 'Friends of the Earth Middle East' hold a mock funeral procession for the Dead Sea in front of the Knesset, Israel's Parliament in Jerusalem, on November 21, 2011. Less than a week after the Dead Sea failed to make the list of winners in the New 7 Wonders of the World competition, the Israel Ministerial Committee rejected a proposed bill that would provide for its rehabilitation and protection.
Israeli settlers and their children, along with right-wing activists carry banners and chant slogans during a demonstration held in front of the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, on November 7, 2011. The settlers proteset against a decision by Israel's government to dismantle several West Bank outposts which are under threat of court-mandated demolitions. In accordance with its pledge to the High Court of Justice, the State is expected to begin a series of evacuations and demolitions at the West Bank outposts of Migron, Givat Assaf and Beit-El's Ulpana neighborhood.
A jazz band performs on one of Jerusalem's streets during the second international Jerusalem Marathon, Israel, on March 16, 2012.
Jewish settlers attend a special mass prayer at the Ulpana neighborhood in the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the Palestinian West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 21, 2012. Israel's Supreme Court has set a July 1 deadline for a scheduled evacuation, and demolition, of five structures that were illegaly built on land classified as private Palestinian property in the Ulpana neighborhood.
Meir Dagan, former head of Israel's Mossad, Israel's Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations, attends the 2012 Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, on June 21, 2012.
An Israeli soldier lights candles in memory of Israeli fallen soldiers prior to a memorial ceremony at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem on April 14, 2013, as Israel marks the annual Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during the closing plenary session of the 5th annual Israeli Presidential Conference, titled 'The Decisions that will Shape Tomorrow' in Jerusalem, Israel, on June 20, 2013.
Supporters of Beitar Jerusalem Football light flares and smoke-bombs as they break into the team's training ground in Jerusalem, Israel, on July 1, 2013, during opening practice for the 2013/14 football season.
Stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer performs on his BMW motorcycle during the Jerusalem Formula Peace Road Show in Jerusalem, Israel, on June 13, 2013. The first-ever two-day Jerusalem Formula Peace Road Show includes Formula One racing teams, Scuderia Ferrari and Marussia, Ferrari Challenge cars, drifting cars and Grand Prix motorcycles all participating in the show, whose circuit passes landmarks such as Jerusalem's Old City walls.
An Israeli woman touches a memorial wall with the engraved names of over 400 fallen Israeli soldiers of the Harel Brigade, prior to the inauguration ceremony of the Harel Brigade Memorial Site in Jerusalem, Israel, on June 2, 2013. The Harel Brigade which had fought in the Jerusalem area during Israel's 1948 War of Independence was a division of the Palmach, an elite fighting force of the Haganah, a Jewish paramilitary organization in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine from 1920 to 1948, which later became the core of the Israel Defense Forces. Today the Harel Birgade is a reserve brigade of the Israel Defense Forces, part of the Northern Command.
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during his speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Jerusalem, Israel, on March 21, 2013.
Supporters of Beitar Jerusalem football club wave a flag bearing the club's symbol, as they break into the club's training ground in Jerusalem, Israel, on June 26, 2012, during opening training session for the 2012/13 Israeli football season.
Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin (3rd R), members of the Knesset and blind athletes, part of Israel's paralympic team (not pictured) play a game of Goalball at the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on June 5, 2012, as part of the Knesset's observance of "Blind Day", in solidarity with Israel's blind and visually-impaired community. The game consists of two teams trying to throw a ball into the opponents' goal. Players follow the ball by listening to bells imbedded in the ball and blindfolds are used to allow sighted and partially sighted players to play on equal terms.
Israeli Jewish Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox soldiers of the Israeli military Netzah Yehuda Battalion ?(also known as Nahal Haredi brigade) celebrate after completing their swearing-in ceremony held at the Ammunition Hill national memorial site in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 31, 2012. The unit, part of the Israeli Defense Forces Kfir Brigade, was created by a group of rabbis in cooperation with the IDF and Israel's Ministry of Defense, as a venue for young men who wish to serve the national interests of the state of Israel while adhering to the highest religious standards.
Israelis of Ethiopian origin and social rights activists hold banners and chant slogans during a demonstration against racism and discrimination in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 23, 2012. Ethiopian immigrants and other supporters gathered in front of Prime Minister Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem, to protest what they say is racism directed towards the Ethiopian community in Israel.
Jewish children play outside their home at the Jewish settlement of Efrat in Gush Etzion, near the Palestinian West Bank town of Bethlehem, on May 2, 2012.
An Israeli soldier holds Israeli flags before placing them on the graves of fallen soldiers during a memorial ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel, on April 22, 2012, ahead of the annual remembrance day for Fallen Soldiers.
Fans react as a participant of the Israeli version of Big Brother reality-television show greets them, during the Season 4 Finale of the show, at the Neve Ilan studios, outside Jerusalem, Israel, on April 2, 2012.
Israeli environmental activists wearing bunny ears, protest against the planned oil shale extraction in the Adullam Region, during a demonstration held outside the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, on March 20, 2012.
Israeli girls play as snow falls in a park in Jerusalem, Israel, on March 2, 2012. Snow blanketed parts of Jerusalem on Friday morning for the first time in four years.
Palestinian and Israeli protesters and left-wing activists hold placards depicting Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan, who is jailed in Israel, during a demonstration in solidarity with Adnan, in front of Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem, on February 21, 2012. Adnan agreed to end his 66-day hunger strike over his imprisonment without charge, after reaching a deal with Israeli authorities that will free him in April.
A Chinese worker uses a chainsaw to carve a block of ice in preparation for an exhibition of Jerusalem's most famous sites, all carved in ice, ahead of the upcoming first Jerusalem International Ice Festival, at the Old Train Station Plaza in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 13, 2012.
Construction workers descend an 80 meters shaft at the construction site for Binyanei Hauma Railway Station, along the route of the high-speed railway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, on november 1, 2011. The new railway, set to be completed in 2017, will span about 55 kilometers and include a series of bridges and tunnels. It will connect Israel’s capital to the Greater Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area by means of a high-speed rail link, reducing the travel time between the two cities to approximately half an hour.
Nude men and women who volunteered to strip naked and pose for U.S. art photographer Spencer Tunick (not pictured) are seen during the photography session at Mineral Beach in the Dead Sea near Ein Gedi, Israel, on September 17, 2011. More than 1,000 people posed for the early morning nude photography installation titled: "Naked Sea".
An Israeli soldier of The Paratroopers Brigade reconnaissance unit (Hebrew: 'Palsar Tzanhanim') is seen during a military operation in the West Bank city of Hebron, on September 15, 2011.
A woman tends to her baby as a girl organizes her school backpack at the entrance to an abandoned student dormitory building owned by the Hebrew University, in Kiryat HaYovel neighborhood, Jerusalem, Israel, on September 5, 2011. The families who came from various tent camps around the capital, broke into the building and took over it, demanding public housing. Despite being served a 48-hour eviction notice, which expires on Tuesday morning, the families say they will not leave until they are given housing solutions.
A young Israeli sits on a chair as he rests at a protest tent camp set up in central Jerusalem to call for lower housing and property prices in Israel, on September 2, 2011. Israelis are expected to continue their protest tomorrow and take to the streets of major cities as part of the "The million-person march" all over Israel, in an effort to breathe fresh life into this summer's demonstrations over a wide array of social and economic issues.
Orna Shimoni, a supporter of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit holds a cardboard cut-out bearing his image, during a demonstration marking his 25th birthday and calling for his release outside Prime Minister Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem, on August 28, 2011.
Protesters carry signs and hold up pictures of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American who was jailed for life in 1987 on charges of spying on the United States, during a demonstration calling for his release outside the President's Residence in Jerusalem, during a meeting of Israel's President Peres and a delegation of U.S. Republican congressmen, on August 17, 2011. Pollard is a convicted Israeli spy and a former United States Naval civilian intelligence analyst who received a life sentence in the mid 1980s. The Israeli government has made several requests for Pollard's release, all of them declined by US authorities.
An Israeli protester holding a banner is silhouetted as he takes part in a demonstration against rising water rates, in central Jerusalem on August 7, 2011. Initially targeting soaring housing and property prices, the protests and marches of the last month in Israel quickly developed into a sweeping expression of rage against a wide array of social and economic issues.
Israeli activists wearing masks take part in a demonstration in Jerusalem on August 4, 2011, against social inequalities and the high cost of living in Israel, and against privatization of public education. Initially targeting soaring housing and property prices, the protests and marches quickly developed into a sweeping expression of rage against a wide array of social and economic issues.
A protester carrying Israel's national flag stands at Wohl Rose Park of Jerusalem on August 1, 2011, prior to a protest against social inequalities and the high cost of living in Israel.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish child (C) watches Israeli policemen during a demonstration on Neviim Street, a central thoroughfare in Jerusalem on July 16, 2011. Close to a thousand ultra-Orthodox Jewish men held a demonstration against the desecration of Shabbat,
marking one hundred weekends to the opening of the Karta municipal parking lot in the capital.
Arabi-Israeli school girls react as they watch a small electric car they developed performs a task, during the final stages of The Gildor Family Projects and Inventions competition, at the Israel Center for Excellence through Education in Jerusalem on June 30, 2011. Teams of students from high schools across Israel and the U.S. participated in the competition which featured the topic of development of a "smart" electric car, involving robotic elements, as the cars were required to perform several specific tasks. The project also addressed issues of alternative energy, with teams receiving a significant bonus for incorporating solar energy in their designs.
Waiters carrying trays run as they compete in a race in Jerusalem on June 27, 2011. Some 20 waiters took part in the race in which they had to carry a tray with a full glass of wine, a bottle of wine and a plate of food a distance of about 150 meters.
Supporters of Gilad Shalit calling for his release, react during a demonstration near Prime Minister Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on June 25, 2011, as they mark five years to his captivity by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip in 2006.
Supporters of Beitar Jerusalem football club climb over a fence as they break into the team's training ground in Jerusalem during opening practice for the 2011/12 football season on June 19, 2011.
Israeli children play with rifles and pistols during a traditional display of military weapons, part of the celebrations for Israel's Independence Day marking the 63rd anniversary of the creation of the state, at the Ammunition Hill national memorial site in Jerusalem on May 10, 2011.
Israeli soldiers hand out Israel's national flags prior to a rehearsal for the main ceremony celebrating Israel's 63rd Independence Day, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on May 5, 2011. Israel will mark its 63rd Independence anniversary of the creation of the state next week.
Jewish Ethiopian immigrants are seen at an immigrant absorption center in Mevesseret Zion, near Jerusalem on April 14, 2011.
Israeli policemen block members of Neturei Karta, a fringe ultra-Orthodox movement within the anti-Zionist bloc at the entrance to Beit Yonatan in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, prior to a visit by Israeli parliament members of the National Union party to the building that houses several Jewish families in the mostly Palestinian area on December 27, 2010.
Israeli right-wing activists and settlers protest against a proposed construction freeze extension of three months in West Bank Jewish settlements, during a demonstration held in front of Prime Minister Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem during the weekly cabinet meeting on November 21, 2010.
A member of the Ethiopian Jewish community holds an umbrella as "Kessim", religious leaders of the community pray during a ceremony marking the Ethiopian Jewish holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem, on November 04, 2010. The holiday symbolizes the community's desire for "return to Jerusalem".
IDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi (R), seen in civilian clothes as he smokes a cigarette, following a tour at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem on October 29, 2010. The tour is part of a weekend in Jerusalem for Generals from the supreme command of the Israel Defense Forces.
An unidentified woman passes through an archway at the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem on October 19, 2010. The museum, formerly the Palestine Archaeological Museum, is an archaeological museum that houses a large collection of artifacts unearthed in the excavations conducted in the Land of Israel (Ottoman Palestine) beginning in the late 19th century. The museum building is also the head office of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The Arab village of Beit Jalla (L) and a section of Highway 60 exiting Jerusalem (R), are seen behind a section of the Gilo protective wall in Jerusalem, on August 12, 2010. On Sunday, August 15, the IDF will begin to dismantle the wall which protected the residents of Gilo neighborhood in Jerusalem, from gunfire and mortar shells. The wall was put up in 2001, during the Second Intifada, when Gilo came under intense near daily attacks from the adjacent Arab village of Beit Jalla, which had been handed over to the Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat, as part of the Oslo Accords. The IDF stated that the decision to remove the wall was preceded by a security assessment at Central Command which determined that the move was a safe one.
Israelis wear masks bearing the image of Israeli captured soldier Gilad Shalit during a human chain protest in which they circled the Prime Minister's residency in Jerusalem on August 3, 2010, calling for Shalit's release and marking 1500 days since his abduction by Palestinian militants in June 2006.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men hold a banner opposing the gay pride parade, as they stand next to a mock horse at the beginning of the 'beast parade' held in Jerusalem on July 29, 2010. The anti gay pride parade is part of the protest parades against the mass event held by the gay-lesbian community at the same time. The protesters had initially asked police for a permit to bring live donkeys for their demonstration, police rejected the request, and the compromise of cardboard animals or mock animals was settled upon.
The woman known as 'Taliban mother' (C), is seen writing on a piece of paper, at the courtroom of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on July 21, 2010, prior to a discussion in her appeal. The ultra-Orthodox mother of 12 from Beit Shemesh, was convicted of severe child abuse and aggravated assault last year. The woman was charged in April 2008 for allegedly beating her children with belts, sticks and electric wire. She belongs to a local sect whose members cover themselves from head-to-toe in black in the name of modesty, thus earning her the nickname "Taliban mom" in the media.
Palestinian women and children watch as an Israeli border policeman patrols in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, during a visit by the Israeli parliament committee for the children's rights to houses of Jewish families residing in a mostly Palestinian area, July 6, 2010.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance and celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on June 27, 2010, following a decision to free a group of Ashkenazi parents which refused the integration and were sent to jail at the end of a discussion regarding the segregation between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish girls at the Beit Yaakov school in Immanuel.
With Jerusalem's city center in the background, an Ultra-Orthodox man is seen at the halls of the Supreme Court on June 15, 2010, prior to a discussion regarding the segregation between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish girls at the Beit Yaakov school in Immanuel.