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23:52 Israeli troops fire flares over southern Lebanon (DPA)
01:54 Secret deal with treasury boosts Defense Ministry budget to NIS 51.5 billion (TheMarker)
06:09 Israel imposes closure on West Bank Palestinians until Wednesday (Army Radio)
14:22 Iran plans war games to simulate `strong enemy attack` (DPA)
10:46 Iran to export 2 million tons of wheat to Oman, Egypt, and UAE (Reuters)
09:56 Ahmadinejad: Israel is a corrupt microbe on its way to collapse (Haaretz)
09:13 `Israeli minister said Syria will return to stone age if Hezbollah attacks Israel` (Ch. 10)
08:37 Ahmadinejad calls on U.S. to withdraw troops from region (DPA)
04:38 Report: U.S. has no clear strategy for curbing Iran nuclear drive, Gates warns (Reuters)
Hizbullah MP Hasan Fadlallah: Lebanon is no longer an exposed arena. U.S. concerns are a reflection of Israeli concerns.
17:06 Ahmadinejad extols Iran`s military might during an annual army parade (AP)
16:06 Air Canada cancels flight to Israel due to volcanic ash cloud over Europe (Haaretz)
03:11 Obama: Our alliance with Israel serves our national security interests (Haaretz)
02:53 James Jones: United States` commitment to Israel`s security is unshakable (Haaretz)
00:40 China has proposed changes to a U.S.-drafted Iran sanctions resolution (AP)
High-ranking sources in the Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed displeasure with Turkey over deploying anti-aircraft batteries along the Syrian border in the Iskenderun district.
The Turkish daily Hurriyet meanwhile, quoted a military source as saying that this move aims at repelling a US or Israeli attack against Iran or Syria.
Russia has signed deals with Syria under which it will sell it warplanes, anti-tank weapons and air defense systems, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a senior Russian arms trader as saying on Friday.
and oversaw talks on Russia's possible assistance in building a nuclear power plant in Syria.
14:38 Russia warns U.S. against unilateral Iran sanctions (Reuters)
Lebanon daily An-Nahar cancels World Newspaper Conference, citing Israel war threat (AP)
Interior Minister: Israel never agreed to freeze construction in Jerusalem (Army Radio)
Human Rights Watch: Israel wantonly destroyed homes, industry in Gaza war (DPA)
Jordan to buy an undisclosed number of attack helicopters from Boeing (DPA)
Seven firms with Iran ties have received U.S. contracts in recent years (Reuters)
Diplomats say Iran expands enrichment facility (AP)
Israeli gov't official: Syria can't afford to pay for Russia's sophisticated weaponry (Reuters)
U.S.: Negotiations on Iran sanctions UN resolution 'making good progress' (AP)
New British government unified with U.S. on Iran (DPA)
Clinton: Iraq bombings won't affect withdrawal plans (AP)
U.S., Russia say 2014 is deadline for abolishing nuclear weapons (AP)
Russian President Medvedev handed Syrian President Bashar Assad, an Israeli Warning
- Israel intends to use nuclear weapons on Syrian cities if it will be attacked.
Moreover, Russian President Medvedev made it clear that currently there is a silent agreement between the major powers, Russia, USA, France, Britain and Germany, and Israel, that in a Total war, Israel will get all the breathing space it will need to Overpower the Arab world. The message from Jerusalem to Damascus was in these words: "Israel has made it clear that in a total war it will strike Iran, Lebanon and Syria, without pause and without mercy until they beg a cease-fire."
He also recalled that despite Israeli assurances in 1982, “Israel invaded Lebanon and reached Beirut under the pretext of an attempt to assassinate the Israeli ambassador in London.”
A report by TIME Magazine this week warns that "the next Lebanon War" is on the horizon, but contends that although the Hizbullah terrorist organization and Israel are both fully prepared for war, neither side is looking forward to the eventuality.
# 15:00 Iranian cleric wants creation of 'Greater Iran' (AP)
Annexation of the Palestinian territories (the West Bank and Gaza Strip) is part of the platform of the Israeli Likud party, and of some other Israeli political parties.
Currently in Israel, in the debate relating to the borders of Israel, "Greater Israel" is generally used to refer to the territory of the State of Israel and the Palestinian territories, the territory of the former British Mandate of Palestine.
# 17:26 Iran says conditions right for nuclear fuel deal (Reuters)
“We are deciding the future of the world,” Slobodovsici said. “We need a world government,” he said, but, referring to Iran, said “we need to get rid of them.”
Clearly, it was a TC war call. Many of the TC’s billionaires and millionaires are heavily invested in manufacturing, and wars produce huge profits.
The Strike Group, commanded by Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, includes Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 10; the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW) 3; Commander, Destroyer Squadron 26 (CDS 26); the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), and guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), USS Ross (DDG 71) and the German Frigate FGS Hessen (F221).
Tehran's prime retaliatory capability against Israel in the event of an attack on Iran lies with the thousands of medium- and longer-range missiles massed in Lebanon under the control of Iran's proxy, Hezbollah. It is no secret that a significant number of senior Israeli officers favor pre-emptive action in Lebanon.
Israel offered to engage in direct peace talks with Syria, provided Damascus cut ties with Iran and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday.
Erekat: We hope the U.S. will force Israel to stop 'provocations' (DPA)
Mubarak: Terror will spread if Israel fails to discuss core peace issues (DPA)
Iran FM surprised by draft sanctions resolution agreed to by world powers (Reuters)
Report: Abbas would accept NATO presence in a Palestinian state (Israel Radio)
Turkey: Iran would be on its own if it doesn't deliver uranium within one month (Reuters)
The George Washington Carrier Strike Group centered on the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73), departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan May 18 to conduct carrier qualifications in preparation for its upcoming annual deployment cycle.
9 ships plan to break the Gaza Strip blockade next week.
NOW Lebanon correspondent Amal Shehadeh reported on Thursday that Israel’s inner cabinet will discuss the EU’s request for Tel Aviv to withdraw from the northern part of the Ghajar Village in South Lebanon.
An unnamed Israeli official said that Tel Aviv will agree to the pull out as long as the EU guarantees that UNIFIL troops will be stationed along the border
IAF strikes targets in southern, northern Gaza strip (Haaretz)
Obama: Talks to continue on Iran sanctions resolution at UN (Reuters)
Hamas official: Yes to a state within 1967 borders, no to recognizing Israel (Israel Radio)
debkafile's military sources report a decision by the Obama administration to boost US military strength in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf regions in the short term with an extra air and naval strike forces and 6,000 Marine and sea combatants. Carrier Strike Group 10, headed by the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, sails out of the US Navy base at Norfolk, Virginia Friday, May 21. On arrival, it will raise the number of US carriers off Iranian shores to two.
Our military sources have learned that the USS Truman is just the first element of the new buildup of US resources around Iran. It will take place over the next three months, reaching peak level in late July and early August. By then, the Pentagon plans to have at least 4 or 5 US aircraft carriers visible from Iranian shores.
The deal gives CNPC a 35 percent stake in Syria Shell Petroleum Development (SSPD),
Hezbollah mobilized thousands of its members in southern Lebanon on Friday in response to week-long Israeli defense exercises set to kick off on Sunday, an official from the party told AFP.
"The Hezbollah fighters have [been instructed] to be completely ready to confront Israeli maneuvers on Sunday," Nabil Qaouk said.
"Thousands of our fighters will not go to the polls [for municipal elections on Sunday] and will be prepared from today" for any eventuality, he added.
Israeli President Shimon Peres has stressed that the Jewish state is seeking peace and poses no threat to Lebanon or Syria despite attempts by Damascus to arm Hizbullah.
Israeli diplomat: Taiwan turned down Iran request for diplomatic mission (AP)
Russia: Sanctions talk in UN won't affect contracts with Iran (Reuters)
Iran to send nuclear agreement to IAEA despite threat of sanctions (DPA)
Ban: I hope Turkey nuclear deal with Iran opens door to negotiated settlement (Reuters)
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told the Lebanese people on Friday to not fear Israeli maneuvers, adding that people in South Lebanon will be celebrating the May 23 municipal and mukhtar elections while millions in the Jewish State will be hiding in shelters as part of an Israeli military drill.
U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams stressed on Friday the importance of implementing U.N. resolution 1701, noting that there are several matters hindering its full implementation.
He said after meeting Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea that Israel is impeding the resolution through its daily violations of Lebanese sovereignty, and its ongoing occupation of the southern village of Ghajar and the Shebaa Farms.
He added that on the Lebanese side, Hizbullah's arms are hindering the full implementation of resolution 1701.
Iran protests U.S. denial of visa to Iranian deputy foreign minister (Reuters)
Top EU diplomat: Iran may be willing to talk on nuclear issue (DPA)
Haredi IDF troops shoot camel belonging to Bedouin in Jordan Valley (Ch. 10)
Iran to hand nuclear deal letter to IAEA on Monday (Reuters)
Hezbollah inaugurates museum highlighting its 'resistance' against Israel (DPA)
German FM says Mideast peace is a necessity for the whole world (DPA)
Turkey PM Erdogan writes to 26 world leaders to gain backing for Iran nuclear deal (AP)
Report: Iran to go ahead with atom fuel swap despite U.S. 'propaganda' (Reuters)
Report: Egypt PM wants Mubarak to seek another term (Reuters)
Chomsky: Any crime Israel commits is because of U.S. legitimization (Haaretz)