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Akko Riots: Arab-Jewish tensions flare

By Michal Levertov, October 17, 2008

Across the blue-collar housing projects in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Akko, the squares are strewn with chunks of bricks, fragments of tiles and shattered glass.

Police guards are stationed outside the homes of Arab families and patrolling street corners. Five days of rioting have left this city, with 72 per cent of its 53,000 residents Jewish and 28 per cent Arab, swamped with fear.

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‘Fraud’ case man’s £2.6m barmitzvah

By Leon Symons, October 10, 2008

A businessman wanted on fraud charges in America has been allowed to attend his son's barmitzvah in Israel after rabbis pledged £2m in sureties.

Zev Saltsman, who lives in Hendon, North-West London, was arrested in London a year ago after he was named as one of six men accused by US federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.

He was alleged to have made $55m (£31.5m) in fraudulent profits through private share sales. He has not admitted the allegations in the USA.

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IDF on high alert for new settler violence

By Yaakov Katz, October 10, 2008

Israeli security forces went on high alert this week out of fear that a recent spate of settler violence will escalate as a result of Palestinian farmers harvesting olives in groves located near settlements.

In recent weeks, senior IDF officers have met frequently with their Palestinian counterparts to prepare for the harvest season, which started this week and will last until late December.

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Hizbollah and the IDF exchange threats

By Yaakov Katz, October 10, 2008

Israel and Hizbollah exchanged threats this week as the head of the IDF's Northern Command said that the military would use "disproportionate force" in any new round of violence with the Lebanese group.

In 2006, Israel fought a month-long inconclusive war against Hizbollah following the capture of two IDF reservists whose bodies were returned to Israel two months ago. Since the war, Israel claims that the Iran-backed group has amassed close to 40,000 missiles and rockets. Most of the weaponry is believed to be smuggled into Lebanon from Syria.

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Gaydamak launches mayoral bid

October 10, 2008

Russian-born billionaire Arkady Gaydamak officially entered the race to become Jerusalem mayor on Monday.

On the same day in Paris, Mr Gaydamak went on trial in absentia as one of 42 people charged with illegal arms trafficking to Angola between 1993 and 2000. Mr Gaydamak's lawyers insist that their client is innocent.

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Livni: ‘Time running out’ for peace process

By Yaakov Katz, October 10, 2008

Prime Minister-designate and Kadima Party chairwoman Tzipi Livni has given the public a taste of her diplomatic vision for Israel while warning that time is running out to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.

In her first foreign-policy address since winning the Kadima primary last month, Ms Livni took Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to task for a Rosh Hashanah interview in which he called on Israel to cede nearly all of the territories won in the 1967 Six-Day War.

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Eden’s fears about Israel in Suez war

By Bernard Josephs, October 10, 2008

A confidential report of cabinet meetings, during which ministers approved an attack on Egypt after its nationalisation of the Suez Canal, has been released by the National Archives.

The minutes, handwritten by Cabinet Secretary Sir Norman Brook, show how ministers scrambled to arrange a cover-up following claims of military collusion with Israel and France.

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Olmert fails to get Russian guarantees on arms sales to Iran

By Yaakov Katz, October 8, 2008

Nearing the end of his term in office, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made a lightning trip to Moscow this week in an effort to persuade the Kremlin not to sell advanced missile systems to Iran and Syria.

At the core of the talks was an Iranian request to purchase the advanced and long-range S-300 anti-aircraft missile system that would severely curtail the Israeli Air Force's freedom in the skies if a military strike was launched against the Iran's nuclear installations.

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Top Israeli officals deny they endorsed Obama

By Yaakov Katz and Nathan Guttman, October 7, 2008

Two former leading Israeli security officials say they were duped into taking part in a video ad supporting United States Senator Barack Obama's campaign for president that has been widely circulated on the internet.

Uzi Dayan, a former deputy chief of staff of the IDF and former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy were among eight Israeli ex-security officials interviewed for the short film released by the Jewish Council for Education and Research.

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New radar gives Israel ‘extra time’ to prepare for missile attacks

By Yaakov Katz, October 3, 2008
An American radar system capable of detecting Iranian missiles from thousands of kilometres away and providing the IDF with critical minutes to prepare for an attack arrived in Israel last week.
The radar system was brought to Israel on 12 transport planes, together with a crew of 120 soldiers who will assemble and activate it in the Negev.

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