A picture posted on Facebook by an Arab journalist comparing the condition of prisoners held in Syria with those jailed in Israel has sparked a wave of praise for the Jewish state from the Muslim world.
With at least 13 women alleging he sexually assaulted them and former bodyguards claiming he had been pursuing improper relations with female subordinates, Interior Minister Silvan Shalom was left with little choice on Sunday night but to announce his resignation from public life.
Israel and Turkey have reached a preliminary agreement to restore diplomatic relations, an official in Jerusalem said on Friday.
The countries were allies until 2010, when Israeli naval forces intercepted a Turkish flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade. Nine Turkish activists were killed in clashes when the ship, the Mavi Mamara, was boarded.