10 janvier 2012

IDF preparing to take in Syrian refugees

               The IDF is preparing for a possible flood of Syrian refugees following the potential fall of President Bashar Assad, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Tuesday. Speaking at the Knesset's Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, the army chief said that members of Assad's Alawite sect are expected to seek shelter in Israel should the Syrian leader, an Alawite himself, be removed from power. "The day the Assad regime falls, this is expected to hurt the... [Lire la suite]
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10 janvier 2012

Russia 'regrets' reported Iran nuclear activity in Qom facility

Moscow regrets Tehran's decision to enrich uranium near the city of Qom, Itar-Tass state-run news agency quoted a foreign ministry official as saying on Tuesday. "Moscow has met reports on the start of uranium enrichment at an Iranian plant near Qom with regret and concern," the agency quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying. "We should recognize that Iran is continuing to ignore the demands of the international community that it respond to their concerns regarding its nuclear program," the official was quoted as saying.... [Lire la suite]
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10 janvier 2012

Israel, PA reps' Amman meeting yields no results

A meeting held Monday between Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molko and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Jordan concluded with no significant progress, Palestinian sources told Ynet. The first round of Amman-based talks in the latest effort to restart the peace process took place last week and was mediated by the Mideast Quartet and Jordanian diplomats. According to the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, the Palestinians presented Israel with their response to a 22-article document given to them at the end of the first round of... [Lire la suite]
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09 janvier 2012

UN nuclear watchdog confirms Iran enriching uranium in underground site

The United Nations nuclear watchdog confirmed on Monday that Iran has started enriching uranium at an underground site and said all atomic material there was under its surveillance. Diplomats in Vienna, home of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), earlier said Iran had begun refining uranium to a fissile purity of 20 percent at Fordow near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom. "The IAEA can confirm that Iran has started the production of uranium enriched up to 20 percent...using IR-1 centrifuges in the Fordow Fuel... [Lire la suite]
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09 janvier 2012

IDF hesder students urge Gantz against 'secular coercion'

Soldiers and yeshiva students from severa Hesder yeshivas have called on Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz to reconsider his order to forbid religious troops from leaving official IDF ceremonies that include women singing. The students have also warned against creating a "needless and dangerous precedent" that could seriously damage the relationship between the IDF and the religious public. The letter, sent to Gantz on Monday after it was first circulated among the students, claimed that "enforcing the attendance of... [Lire la suite]
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08 janvier 2012

Cabinet approves free education plan

            After intensive debates and political haggling, the Cabinet on Sunday approved lateral budget cuts in order to implement the free education law, which will include all children from the age of three. The law was passed with 21 votes in favor and 8 votes against, after Shas was granted its demands. Members of Yisrael Beiteinu and Independence factions opposed the bill. Speaking at a press conference shortly after the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that... [Lire la suite]
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08 janvier 2012

Yair Lapid to enter politics

         Journalist Yair Lapid is leaving Channel 2 News in order to enter politics, Yedioth Ahronoth learned Sunday. The move is expected to shock the Israeli political scene. Lapid informed Channel 2 CEO Avi Weiss of his desire to stop hosting Friday night news magazine "Ulpan Shishi". Lapid has been hosting "Ulpan Shishi" for the past four years. Rumors of his intention to run for Knesset in the upcoming elections have surfaced once and again in the past year. Although his name has been... [Lire la suite]
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08 janvier 2012

Panetta: U.S. will not allow Iran to develop nuclear bomb, block Strait of Hormuz

           Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday that the U.S. would act if Iran were to develop a nuclear weapon or close the Strait of Hormuz. Panetta, speaking to CBS' Face the Nation, said that if Iran started developing a weapon, the U.S. would act. "I think they need to know that — that if they take that step — that they're going to get stopped." Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, appearing with the defense secretary, said that he wanted the Iranians... [Lire la suite]
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08 janvier 2012

Palestinian nabbed with 11 explosive devices

          A Palestinian was arrested by Military Police and Border Guard officers Sunday morning at the entrance to a checkpoint in the Jenin area in possession of an improvised gun, a commando knife and 11 explosive devices of different sizes. Three other men suspected of aiding him were also detained. According to suspicions, the four were on their way to carry out a terror attack. The checkpoint has been closed. After being arrested at the entrance to the Salem crossing in the Jenin... [Lire la suite]
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07 janvier 2012

               The Palestinian cause is triumphing, as Israel faces the worst security situation in its history in the wake of the so-called "Arab Spring", Hamas' leader in Gaza told Britain's The Independent Saturday. "The Palestinian cause is winning," Ismail Haniyeh was quoted as saying, adding that with the Muslim Brotherhood in the government, Egypt will not besiege the Gaza Strip or support Israel in another war in the area. They will not give cover to Israel... [Lire la suite]
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