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Egypt, Pakistan say Iran has right to peaceful nuclear energy (DPA)
Home front drill to begin as tension in north rises (Haaretz)
He added, "If Israel wanted to negotiate with the Palestinians over peace, would it resort to maneuvers?"
Polls open for South municipal elections
Prime Minister Saad Hariri wound up Saturday a regional tour in a bid to shore up support in the face of mounting Israeli threats of war.
The White House has dispatched three top officials to the Middle East in an effort to calm war tensions which Lebanon and Syria have played up over Israel's homeland missile defense exercise Turning-Point 4, debkafile's Washington sources report. As the exercise began, Sunday, May 23, OC Northern Command, Brig. Gady Eisenkott said: "No party concerned has an interest in another showdown, but the IDF could be ready to fight within hours." He added that [if confronted] "Israel could take on both the Syrian-Lebanese front and Gaza."
Syria has placed its air force and air defense forces on high alert, while Hizballah has transferred thousands of its militiamen to South Lebanon and placed the border region on a war footing against a supposed Israeli attack.
“The situation [in Lebanon] is acceptable and nothing calls for worry,” he said, adding that his Damascus meeting on Saturday with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad left him with the impression that Syria did not transfer Scud missiles to Hezbollah.
Israel on Sunday launched a five-day nationwide defence drill to prepare the public for emergencies and test the response of soldiers and emergency crews, according to the military.
The fourth annual drill, codenamed "Turning Point 4," will include a series of alerts as part of field training exercises in different areas and a 90-second siren throughout the country on Wednesday.
This fourth annual home front drill is the biggest Israel has ever conducted.
Lebanese media reports said residents of several south Lebanon towns heard explosions and gunfire inside Israel on Saturday night, an indication of the beginning of the drill.
GOC Northern Command Gadi Eisenkot announced Sunday that "the Galilee hasn't known a period of quiet such as this one almost since the establishment of the State of Israel."
Speaking ahead of a massive five-day homefront defense drill dubbed "Turning Point 4" Eisenkot said that the Israel Defense Forces were going to "continue to act to maintain this quiet."
Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state's possession of nuclear weapons.
The "top secret" minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa's defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel's defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them "in three sizes". The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that "the very existence of this agreement" was to remain secret.
The Turkish government sent a secret message to Jerusalem Monday, May 24, threatening reprisals if the Israeli Navy prevents the "Freedom Flotilla" of nine boats from reaching the Gaza Strip on May 27 for the avowed objects of breaking Israel's blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory and delivering humanitarian aid.
Our sources report Erdogan has approved a plan of action whereby when Israeli warships and naval commandoes board the vessels to prevent them reaching Gaza, the helicopter carrying the leading activists will take off, fly over their heads and land in Gaza. The assumption is that the Israeli Air Force will not dare to intercept the helicopter and bring it down while still offshore for fear of an international outcry against a purported humanitarian mission.
Deteriorating inter-ethnic relations threaten to break the relative calm between the two groups, report to Knesset shows.
The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.
Lebanese army troops and U.N. peacekeepers went on alert Monday after an Israeli force, backed by military vehicles, took up combat positions near Fatmeh Gate and in the groves overlooking Kfar Kila.
Local media said the Israeli deployment at around 5 pm Monday came as Hizbullah men attempted to put up a huge poster for Imad Mughniyeh near Fatmeh Gate.
They said a 20-strong Israeli force quickly deployed in the area, taking pictures of what was going on.
Syria: We will not police Hezbollah on behalf of Israel (Reuters)
IDF official: No shortage of food, humanitarian supplies in Gaza (Israel Radio)
Ahmadinejad: Obama should seize great opportunity of nuclear fuel swap offer (Reuters)
Siren indicating simulated missile attack to sound across Israel at 11 A.M. (Haaretz)
Palestinians: 22 people wounded in IAF strike on Gaza overnight (Haaretz)
Foreign Ministry: Ships forcing their way into Gaza will do nothing to aid the people (Haaretz)
"Then, in case the U.S. withdrew (its initiative), the threat of regional war becomes imminent and likely," the sources said.
Al-Anbaa said the picture becomes clear "in the next few weeks" in light of developments regarding the crisis between Iran and the West.
Iran set to receive gasoline cargo from Turkey (Reuters)
2:59pm The Lebanese Army units deployed south of the Litani River boosted up their deployment along the border in the western sector to monitor the Israeli drill and remain fully ready to face any emergency.
Government tells IDF: Don't let convoy of aid ships reach coast of Gaza (Haaretz)
U.S.: 'We have received no offer from Iran' over uranium swap deal (Haaretz)
U.K. minister: Iran uranium deal with Turkey, Brazil 'fails to address key issue' (AP)
U.S. Navy base in Bahrain to double in size (DPA)
A colossal Iran-funded and directed armament program has enabled Syria to field 1,000 ballistic missiles and Hizballah 1,000 rockets - all pointed at specific Israeli military and civilian locations, including the densely populated conurbation around Tel Aviv,
Israel seems itching for another opportunity to apply the Dahiyeh Doctrine, which calls for targeting and levelling entire neighbourhoods as a way to make the entire Lebanese population suffer for “harbouring” Hizbollah.
IAF conducting joint training exercise with Greek Air Force (Haaretz)
Israel has joined forces with Greece to conduct an aerial maneuver to practice long-range missions and mid-air fueling, a report says.