1. A rocket carrying an Israeli communications satellite exploded on its launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday, destroying the $85 million device.
Read more: Israeli satellite explodes on rocket in Cape Canaveral
2. The isolationist policies of US President Barack Obama are likely to continue after he leaves office in January, Deputy Minister Michael Oren (Kulanu) reportedly said this week.
Read more: Obama may be out, but ‘Obamaism’ is here to stay, Israel’s Oren reportedly says