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Yemen government forces open fire on protesters in Taiz, wounding dozens (Reuters)
Fayyad: PA has crossed statehood threshold (Haaretz)
Shin Bet report: Weapons smuggling to Gaza from Sinai on the rise (Ch. 10)
Fatah and Hamas to hold first meeting since reconciliation (DPA)
Hamas: Israel arrests top Hamas official in Hebron, third arrest since unity deal (Israel Radio)
Berlusconi: Italy won't recognize Palestinian state if Hamas doesn't recognize Israel (Israel Radio)
Taliban says deadly Pakistan bombing is revenge for bin Laden killing (AP)
Death toll in Pakistan bombing rises to 80 (Reuters)
Pakistan due to get $300 million from the United States for security reimbursements (Reuters)
A US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle in Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan on Thursday, killing at least five suspected militants, local security officials said.
Israeli security forces were on high alert on Friday for fear of violence as the Palestinians begin marking the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" which befell them following Israel's establishment in 1948.
"The police are on high alert and we have deployed thousands of police officers in and around Jerusalem, as well as in the north," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Agence France Presse.
Israel's army is using attack dogs to stop Palestinians trying to damage the West Bank separation barrier in order to illegally enter Israel through the gaps, the military admitted on Thursday.
Israel's announcement that it will spend $2 billion on building up its anti-missile defense system over the next few years, on top of whatever it can squeeze out of the Americans, underlines the military's deep concerns that the country faces a new kind of war.
Thousands of Jordanians prepare for rally to commemorate the Nakba (DPA)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Friday against foreign intervention in Syria, calling on the Syrian opposition not to seek a repeat of the "Libya scenario".
"We are very worried that the process of reconciliation, the process of the start of dialogue ... is being slowed down by a desire of some participants to attract foreign forces to support their actions," Russian news agencies quoted Lavrov as saying.
Assad reported to have ordered no shooting on Friday protests in Syria (Reuters)
Syria security deploy tanks, troops ahead of Friday protests (AP)
700 dead in Syria crackdown, international jurists' group says (Reuters)
Syrian forces arrest veteran rights campaigner in city of Homs' (Reuters)
Report: Syria troops backed by tanks deployed around the central city of Hama (Reuters)
Syrian forces break up pro-democracy student protest at Aleppo, witness says (Reuters)
Two Syrian soldiers were killed and five others wounded in clashes with "armed terrorist gangs" in the protest hubs of Homs and Daraa, the state news agency SANA reported Wednesday.
Russian says Iran atomic plant to be fully operational within weeks (Reuters)
Meir Dagan, Israel's recently retired intelligence chief who spent eight years trying to sabotage Iran's nuclear program, has declared a military strike against that contentious project "is the stupidest thing I've ever heard."
In April diplomatic cables from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, released by WikiLeaks, revealed that in 2007 Netanyahu expressed a willingness to join the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert if Israel initiated an attack on Iran.
"While an Israeli attack in the next six months is highly unlikely," Oxford Analytica noted, "the country will soon have to decide whether to go it alone before it is too late, or to rely increasingly on untested U.S. willingness to use its much more powerful forces."
Netanyahu expressed a willingness to join the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert if Israel initiated an attack on Iran.
International sanctions are slowing Iran's nuclear program but the Islamic Republic has repeatedly sought to breach an arms embargo by shipping weapons to Syria, UN investigators said in a report.
Six of the nine violations of a UN ban on conventional arms shipments by Iran involve Syria, said the report, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.
The European Union cast doubt Wednesday on hopes of a quick resumption of stalled nuclear talks with Iran, saying a message from Tehran to kickstart the negotiations offered nothing new.
While Iran announced it had sent a letter Tuesday to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton agreeing to a new round of talks with six world powers, her office suggested a fresh bid to resolve the festering dispute was premature.
"We are surprised to hear the Iranians talking about meetings. They have not been in touch with us with any proposals," said Ashton's spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic.
A senior Iranian aerospace official said the country will soon launch two satellites into space to take high resolution wall maps and aerial photos of locations around the globe, the local English language satellite Press TV reported on Tuesday.
Yet another recent trade deal that received scant attention is perhaps far more important to American interests.
Last November, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced he would partner with Iran to develop the country's vast lithium reserves. Lithium is an important mineral with a variety of uses from producing rechargeable batteries to creating various medicines.
And yet a byproduct of lithium also has a little known and insidious application: It can be used as an alternative or as an enhancer to uranium, a key component needed to develop nuclear weapons. In particular, lithium-6 is an internationally controlled substance because of its "booster" role in smaller, highly efficient thermonuclear devices.
In other words, it makes bad bombs smaller, worse and also more portable. And thus policymakers should be concerned that the deal with Bolivia could bring the Islamic Republic one step closer to nuclear capability.
Bahrain to try guards over death of Shi'ite activist in police custody (Reuters)
Bahrain military chief says Gulf troops to stay on even after emergency rule is lifted (Reuters)
Al-Jazeera: Egyptian authorities announce ‘state of alert’ on all Sinai exits and entrances
Egypt to interrogate former President Mubarak, his wife over corruption charges (Reuters)
Libyan authorities will not try to retake the rebel-held east by force, Libya's deputy foreign minister said in an interview in which he branded Tripoli's initial response to the crisis "a big failure."
NATO strikes Libyan capital after Gadhafi appears on state TV (AP)
Delegation of Libya rebel council to visit the White House on Friday (Reuters)
Libyan rebel leader: Rebels need more weapons to help in fight against Gadhafi (Reuters)
Libya rebels: We repelled Gadhafi forces from Misrata (AP)
Libyan rebel chief in U.K. to drum up aid (Reuters)
AFP quoted an unnamed source close to Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati as saying that “it cannot be specified when the new cabinet will see the light.”
There has been progress in the cabinet formation process, but nothing is final, the source added.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called for a dialogue on Wednesday with rival blocs to gauge whether or not US troops currently in Iraq should stay beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal.
Al-Arabiya: Tear gas used to break up demonstration in Damascus
Britain summoned the Syrian ambassador Friday in coordination with other EU nations to warn of fresh sanctions against the regime if it fails to stop a crackdown on protesters.
Al-Jazeera: People protest in Homs, Raqqa, Al-Qamishli, call for overthrowing the regime
AFP: Activists say total number of Syrian protesters killed Friday is now three
Lebanese forces leader Samir Geagea on Saturday said that the other team has not succeeded in forming the cabinet and is claiming that foreign directives are blocking the cabinet formation process.
“The main problem concerning the cabinet formation is that Hezbollah and Syria want a [one-sided] cabinet, Geagea told Free Lebanon radio, but “President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati want a cabinet resembling the reality in Lebanon.”
Kataeb bloc MP Elie Marouni on Saturday said he expected in the end, a one-sided cabinet will be formed in Lebanon.
The Kataeb MP also said that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) indictment is likely to be issued later this month.
“The STL indictment will be issued by the end of this month and the cabinet will be formed simultaneously,” he said.
High-ranking March 8 sources refuted claims that the cabinet formation process has gone back to the starting point over crippling demands by the new parliamentary majority.
The distribution of major portfolios is almost settled, the sources claimed. The Sunni sect has kept the finance and education portfolios while the Shiites kept the foreign, health and agriculture ministries.
President Barack Obama said Friday his "tireless" Middle East envoy George Mitchell was resigning, but reaffirmed US commitment to forging peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Eleven Libyan Muslim clerics were killed in a NATO air strike, a government spokesman told a news conference Friday at which an imam called for 11,000 Western and Gulf citizens to be killed in revenge.
A NATO air offensive around key Libyan cities has significantly impacted Moamer Kadhafi's forces, halting the shelling of the rebel-held port of Misrata in the last 24 hours, the alliance said Friday.
Warships shelling west Misrata, Zlitan, reports Libya TV (Reuters)
International Criminal Court to seek arrest of Gadhafi's son, head of espionage (Reuters)
Egypt to review trial procedures, free protesters (Reuters)
Yemen president: Will confront challenges from 'saboteur' opponents (Reuters)
Describing the continued drone strikes as "unacceptable'', parliament said in a resolution: "Such drone attacks must be stopped forthwith, failing which the government will be constrained to consider taking (the) necessary steps, including withdrawal of (the) transit facility allowed to NATO.''
At least five NATO oil tankers bound for Afghanistan caught fire on Friday after a bomb planted beneath one of them exploded, but there were no casualties, officials in Pakistan said.
A US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle in Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan on Friday, killing at least three militants in a Taliban and Al-Qaeda stronghold, officials said.
Musharraf says he will return to Pakistan despite facing arrest warrants (AP)
Seven Algerian soldiers dead in terrorist attack (DPA)
Report: Turkey threatens to leave UN Gaza flotilla enquiry panel over Israel-favored draft (Haaretz)
Report: Turkey asks Israel to identify those who ordered Mavi Marmara raid (Agencies)
Israel has disclosed that a large, but unspecified, chunk of the funding for its upcoming multiyear defense plan will go to launching spy satellites to provide round-the-clock real-time surveillance of Iran and other "areas of interest."
Palestinians plan to march through East Jerusalem in response to teen's death (Haaretz)
Russia threatened Friday to block a UN Security Council report on Iran sanctions, calling the work which said Iran has been shipping weapons to Syria "loose and sloppy."
Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said his mission did not agree with the report and would be raising objections with the 15-nation Security Council.
Churkin would not give details on the Russian objections. But it can block the report as the study can only be published if all nations agree.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban have shifted their main effort from roadside bombs to suicide bombers. This is another way of admitting they are losing. In the last few months, NATO troops have been discovering over 70 percent of the roadside bombs planted in their way. Using tanks and MRAPs, the mines and bombs that do go off are causing fewer troop casualties.
The Taliban have had some success lately. Bribing prison guards and getting nearly 500 captured Taliban out was an accomplishment. This replenished the ranks of bomb builders and planters, but many of those who escaped, it was later discovered, just quit the terrorism business. Several days of attacks in Kandahar, where the prison break occurred, failed to deliver a Taliban victory, but did get a lot more Taliban killed. The recent death of Osama bin Laden was supposed to create a lot of Taliban support, but it didn't.
The Taliban are spinning their recent "Spring Offensive" defeats as victories, because they demonstrated that the Taliban was still around, and still able to attack and be defeated, as it has done so often in the past. For the last month or so, the Taliban have been promising a major "Spring Offensive," to begin on May 1st. Since Osama bin Laden was killed by the Americans on May 2nd, the Taliban reflagged their Spring Offensive as the Bin Laden Revenge Offensive. Different name, same result. All the attacks failed, and most of the dead were Taliban. That wasn't the only embarrassment. Taliban dying for al Qaeda does not go down well with many Taliban. Al Qaeda is seen as a bunch of arrogant foreigners who look down on all Afghans. This attitude is not appreciated by Afghans, and has led to the deaths of hundreds of al Qaeda members (at the hands of their Taliban allies) over the last five years. But for appearances' sake, the two terrorist groups still go through the motions of being the best of friends.
In Iraq, oil production supplies 90 percent of government revenue. Terrorists still attack the oil facilities, but the big problem these days are thieves who tap into the pipelines and steal the oil. They then sneak it out of the country for resale to shady brokers. who buy it at a steep discount, then sneak it into legitimate supplies for export. Even if the thieves only get 20-30 percent of the current legal price (over $100 per 159 liter/42 gallon barrel), it's easy money. The oil police constantly patrol the pipelines, seeking to make oil theft less easy.
The success of the oil police have an enormous bearing on Iraq's future. Sunni Arab terrorist groups recognized this from the beginning. Between 2003-9, terrorists launched over 500 attacks on the oil infrastructure, and cost Iraq more than $12 billion in damage and lost sales. But between 2007-9, attacks on oil targets dropped over 80 percent. That was mainly because the U.S. helped Iraq recruit, and train a 17,000 man oil security force.
Netanyahu thanks Merkel for opposition to unilateral Palestinian state declaration (Ch. 10)
Israeli troops opened fire as more than 1,000 Gazans marched on the northern Erez crossing with Israel, wounding at least 52 people, an AFP correspondent and medics said.
He said several hundred people had bypassed a Hamas checkpoint to come within a few hundred meters of a concrete border barrier, in a huge march to mark the anniversary of Israel's creation in 1948, in what is known in Arabic as the "Nakba" or "catastrophe."
Al-Jazeera: Two Israeli tanks advance to barbed wire fence on border next to Maroun al-Ras
Israeli troops on the Golan wounded at least 10 people as they fired live rounds and tear gas Sunday at protestors who broke though from the Syrian-held side of the plateau, medics and defense sources said.
Israeli media reported at least one dead and several wounded but there was no immediate confirmation of the toll, in one of the worst incidents for decades along a ceasefire line that has been quiet since a 1974 truce accord.
Medical officials said "between 10 and 20" of the protestors were wounded, with one feared dead, while three Israelis were said to have been lightly injured in the incident.
Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera television reported that four Syrians had been killed in the fighting.
NNA: Four dead, 11 wounded by Israeli gunfire on Palestinian protestors in Maroun al-Ras
LBC: Israel announces that its borders with Lebanon, Syria are ‘closed military areas’
Future News: The Israeli government holds Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for Maroun al-Ras events
Al-Manar: More than 40 wounded protestors moved from Maroun al-Ras to a Bint Jbeil hospital
Future News: Six killed, 60 wounded in Maroun al-Ras by Israeli gunfire
Syria denounces Israeli actions in Golan Heights and Lebanon, AFP reports
Four people reported killed on Syrian border and four reported killed on Lebanon border as thousands of protesters try breach the frontiers; dozens of Palestinian refugees enter Israel from Syria.
Future News: Israelis re-open fire at Maroun al-Ras, injuring protestors
An Israeli army spokesman described the demonstrations at Israel’s borders with Lebanon and Syria as an “Iranian provocation.”
Al-Arabiya: Israel sent reinforcements to the Golan Heights as its troops went on alert at the occupied territory.
4:27pm Clashes are still ongoing in Maroun al-Ras and the Israeli army has fired again at demonstrators. The wounded who suffered serious injuries were rushed to Salah Ghandour Hospital in Tyre and the state hospital in Bint Jbeil.
3:41pm National News Agency: Israeli helicopters are hovering over the area facing Maroun al-Ras amid the deployment of Merkava tanks and Humvees in the groves bordering Maroun al-Ras.
IDF says crossing the border into Israel is a red line
Police close in the South all roads from Yad Mordechai until Erez Crossing due to increased violence
Israel army deploys extra battalions
Israel Channel 2 news reports of Hezbollah presence among violent protesters on Israel-Syria border
IDF : 'thousands' breach Israeli side of Golan
IDF: Syrian regime is intentionally attempting to divert intl attention from their brutal crackdown of their own civilians
IDF confirms it opened fire 'to prevent 1,000s entering Israel'
Lebanese Army soldier injured from IDF fire
Israel media : at least 8 dead after they enter Israel from Syria
UNIFIL has called on Israel, Lebanon to exercise maximum restraint
IDF planes enter Lebanese airspace
IDF armored vehicles arriving on the border with Lebanon
1 Killed and 17 injured in Terror attack in Tel Aviv
Israel firing tear gas into Syria
At least 4 IDF injured
People crossing from Egypt into Gaza
IDF :Israel holds Syria, Lebanon & Iran as responsible for the violent protests
Israel channel 10: Jordanian army informs Israel that they will not allow protesters to advance on Israel
IDF: Golan incursion "very serious and violent"
Aljazeera: IDF shooting anyone who enters within 500 meters of the Gaza-Israel border
IDF northern commander holding emergency meeting to asses the situation with Syria, Lebanon
Syria TV: "Israel has commited a crime by shooting in Golan"
Lebanese Army fighting with protesters
Jerusalem: 4 police wounded, 30+ arrests
Lebanese Army: IDF firing on Leb troops
The number of IDF troops, tanks & other vehicles on the Lebanese border is increasing
IDF rocket warning to southern residents of Israel
IDF warns Northern & Southern residents of possible incoming rocket fire
Firebombs thrown at Israel sec forces in East Jerusalem
IDF jets over Gaza, near the border with Egypt
Reports of IDF sniper fire on the Isreal-Lebanon border
Syrian government condemns Israel's criminal actions
Aljazeera: IDF using live fire on the Lebanese border against protesters
MTV: Syrian authorities have requested Lebanon close border crossings to refugees
BBC: Syrian youths at Wadi Khaled attacked a Syrian army position, kidnapping a soldier.
Syrian troops firing at Syrian troops near the border with Lebanon
LBC: LAF fires shots in air to keep back protesters in Maroun al-Ras after they threw stones at soldiers
Al-Arabiya: LAF deploys heavily on border opposite Syria’s Tall Kalakh while shots are again fired into Lebanon
IDF source : Israel fears Hizbullah retaliation for 4 Lebanese killed earlier
Syria calling shootings an act of aggression against their people
Protesters on the Israel side of the Syrian border are returning into Syria according to Israeli news
5:16pm Caretaker PM Hariri telephoned President Suleiman and the army commander to follow up on the developments in the South and discuss measures necessary to secure safety and defend national sovereignty.
5:15pm Caretaker PM Hariri: The Israeli shooting against peaceful demonstrators on our southern border is a blatant, intolerable aggression and we call on the international community and the UNIFIL force to hold Israel accountable for the crime.
4:45pm Al-Manar: Lebanese army troops are firing in the air to disperse demonstrators trying to reach the town of Maroun al-Ras out of keenness on their safety.
The IDF confirming they are coming under fire from Lebanese Army units. Also now blaming the Lebanese for the death of civillians at that border
Hamas PM Haniya: It is time to extinguish the Zionist project in Palestine
Netanyahu to make emergency statement at the top of the hour
IDF says 13 troops injured
Netanyahu to Issue live Statement at 11AM EST
Syria receives 10 dead bodies from Israel
FLASH: Death toll in Lebanon-Israel border shooting rises to 10, more than 100 protesters wounded - Lebanese security source
Reports of Syrians going over the border to Israel and IDF searching for them
Callers on Syria TV calling for attacks on Israel
Arab media: Syrians have kidnapped 2 IDF soldiers & 1 died in fighting
IDF confirms 13 "light" injuries to its troops
IDF buildup continues
IDF deploying more troops, fire power along Gaza, Syria, Lebanon
Netanyahu says he hopes for calm but will do everything in his power to protect Israels borders
Netanyahu --this is not a batle for the 67 border but for our existence
Originally posted by Shenon
reply to post by Vitchilo
Damn...maybe make a new Thread for this one? Even if its just to warn People who live there...
Sarcasm aside, I find that comment about not fighting for the '67 borders worrying, to say the least. Is he signalling that a bigger than usual confiscation/occupation of land is about to go down?
More Gazans enter Egypt
Cairo: Protesters at the Israeli embassy demand the closure of the Israeli embassy
Protests on the Jordan border heating up
IDF Chief orders Syrian border fence repaired, tells army to prepare for any eventuality
Israeli jets strike Lebanon and Gaza.
Hezballah condemns Israel
IDF trying to stop Nakba march on Jewish areas in Westbank
Egypt foreign minister Nabil Al Arabi named new arab league chief
Jordan police attack protesters who are marching towards the border, 5 injured
Israel at highest alert level
Anti-Israel rally in Florence.
Protesters: Egyptian police is firing live ammo and tear gas
Egypt deploying military to handle protest at Israeli embassy
Gunshot victims at the Israeli embassy protest in Cairo
15 injured at Israeli embassy protest in Cairo, Egypt
7:38pm PM-designate Miqati: The Israeli aggression against Lebanon proves once again that this enemy cannot survive on Palestine’s land except through killing, displacing and threatening its neighbors.
8:06pm Al-Jadeed: The situation in Maroun al-Ras is relatively calm after the departure of protesters, escorted by the Lebanese army, while Israeli troops are still patrolling the border.
9:37pm Lebanon filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council against Israel over its “killing and wounding of civilians rallying in the town of Maroun al-Ras.”
A total of at least seven people were killed on Sunday as the Syrian army pounded the town of Tall Kalakh, northwest of the capital Damascus, an activist told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Aljazeera: Syrian Army tanks enter Lebanon
Hamas, Fatah declares a general strike on Monday (May 16 2011), agrees to response in unity to Israel
IDF: Syria, Lebanon not interested in escalation
8:14pm Hizbullah condemned the US sanctions against Syrian President Assad, describing them as “a blatant intervention aimed at settling accounts with Syria.”
LBC television reported on Thursday that Lebanese and Syrian army members reinforced their presence along the northern border between Syria and Lebanon.
Report: Syrian troops begin to pull out from Tel Kelakh near Lebanon border (Reuters)
Death toll in Syria protest town of Tel Kelakh rises to 27, says lawyer (Reuters)
Syria protesters call for one-day nationwide general strike (AP)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called an "urgent" leadership meeting after US President Barack Obama's Middle East policy speech, a Palestinian official said Thursday.
Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the meeting would examine Obama's remarks, as he also called on Israel to "give peace the chance it deserves."
Obama: Israel-Palestine borders should be based on 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps (Haaretz)
Bahraini human rights activist said threatened with rape by jailers (Reuters)
Amnesty demands deeper probe of Egypt violence (Reuters)
Egypt military rulers suspend sentences of 120 protesters detained for unknown reasons (AP)
Egypt ruling council: We will not pardon Mubarak of graft, abuse of power (Reuters)
Al-Jazeera journalist released by Iranian authorities, according to fiance (AP)
Iran FM: Bushehr nuclear reactor is now operational (Ch.10)
Diplomats: IAEA worried Iran may have accessed nuclear inspectors' cell phones, laptops (AP)
Obama: U.S. to provide Jordan with several hundred millions of dollars in aid (AP)
Russia has expelled Israel's military attache at its Moscow embassy on "unfounded" spying allegations, the Israeli military said Wednesday, in a case that media say has officials here puzzled.
Barak: Israel is strong enough to make Mideast peace concessions (Haaretz)
Russia confirms it arrested Israeli military attache while he received secret info (Reuters)
Abbas to U.S.: Will return to negotiations now if Israel upholds 'commitments' (Ch. 10)
The Sudanese military has carried out air strikes in conflict-stricken Darfur and on Tuesday stopped UN peacekeepers trying to get to the region, UN officials said.
Tunisia denies Gadhafi wife, daughter in country (Reuters)
Report: Tunisia colonel killed in clash with al-Qaida linked armed group (AP)
Mountain Unity bloc MP Fadi al-Aawar said that his bloc is “moving toward” withdrawing the vote of confidence given to Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati as the new cabinet has not yet been formed.
Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is scheduled to make a speech on the occasion of the Liberation Day celebrations on May 25.
In what appeared to be a call for pre-emptive strikes against Hezbollah's missiles, which he said "can reach every corner of Israel and threaten its entire civilian population, Arens said, "If these rockets are launched they could cause incalculable damage."
Last of UK military to leave Iraq this weekend (DPA)
6th U.S. soldier charged in plot to murder Afghan civilians for 'fun' (AP)
Pressure is piling on Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi after an apparent defection from his oil minister, a rebuke from Moscow, NATO air strikes on Tripoli and a leading prosecutor sought his arrest.
U.S. and European officials: NATO targeting more aggressively in Libya (Reuters)
Hundreds of Gadhafi loyalists show support in Tripoli, say rebel insurgency nearing end (AP)
ICC prosecutor warns Libya to abide by UN rules (Reuters)
An Israeli Cabinet minister said the civilized world must take joint action to avert the Iranian nuclear threat, including a pre-emptive strike if necessary.
Read more: www.foxnews.com...
Originally posted by Shenon
Israel Minister: Strike on Iran Could Be Necessary
An Israeli Cabinet minister said the civilized world must take joint action to avert the Iranian nuclear threat, including a pre-emptive strike if necessary.
Read more: www.foxnews.com...
Same as usual,move along
2005 report says senior defense officials did not believe an attack similar to Israel's assault on Iraq's Osirak reactor was possible.
Senior defense officials ruled out an Israeli military attack on Iran's nuclear sites as early as five and a half years ago, telegrams sent from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv in 2005 and 2006 indicate. The cables, which were revealed over the weekend, are among hundreds of thousands shared exclusively with Haaretz by the WikiLeaks website.
In the first telegram, sent on December 2, 2005, American diplomats said their conversations with Israeli officials indicate that there is no chance of a military attack being carried out on Iran. A more detailed telegram was sent in January 2006, summing up a meeting between U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman (a Democrat for New York ) and Dr. Ariel Levite, then deputy chief of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission.
Palestinian groups on Naksa Day: world must help eliminate occupation
Hundreds of Palestinians clash with IDF soldiers at Qalandiyah checkpoint (Haaretz)
Syrian media: two protesters killed by IDF as hundreds amass on Israeli border
Netanyahu: There are those who wish to break our borders, threaten our citizens (Haaretz)
IDF spokesman: Syrian government trying to provoke Israel into responding (Ch. 2)