1. STRIKING DISTANCE

    Israel to Test Missiles

    Israeli soldiers from the army's Home Front Command and rescue teams take part in defence drill simulating a missile attack at a school in Holon, near Tel Aviv, on November 03, 2011. Israel began a major civil defence drill in the Tel Aviv region aimed at simulating the response to conventional and non-convention missile attacks, the Israeli military said. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Israel has announced that it plans to test the advanced Arrow 3 missile system in coming weeks, adding to speculation about future conflict with Iran as President Barack Obama prepares to receive Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu declared that Israel reserved “the right to defend ourselves against a country that calls and works for our destruction.” All eyes in Israel are on Iran’s developing nuclear program, and conjecture that Israel may stage a preemptive strike on Iran’s facilities has increased. Whether or not America will be on board for military action will likely be a top issue at the meeting. Netanyahu was meeting Friday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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