At least two unnamed Republican lawmakers had held up the money, The Associated Press reported.
Prior to the phone conversation, Netanyahu reportedly told his Security Cabinet that he would soon announce West Bank settlement bloc expansion.
Nearly 40 percent of Israelis are smokers by the time they finish their compulsory army service, according to the researchers.
Israeli-German satirist Shahak Shapira sought to highlight the trend of taking selfies at Berlin's Holocaust memorial.
Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots is a veteran of the big game, while Arthur Blank of the Atlanta Falcons will be making his debut as a Super Bowl owner.