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Israel Plans Bid for U.N. Security Council Seat

"I don't know what the goal of this government is. Does it want to keep all of the land in our hands, like most of the coalition wants? Does it want to go towards a two-state solution?"--In an interview with Maariv, former deputy prime minister and Likud MK Dan Meridor expresses doubt in the present government's intentions to reach a peace agreement.

  • Settlers destroy 50 olive trees south of Hebron - Settlers from Susiya raided agricultural land next to the illegal settlement in the Hebron Hills and damaged 50 trees Thursday. (Maan)
  • Military alarmed by MKs breaking the law in Hebron - Recent events in which ministers, MKs and rabbis intervened in illegal practices by Jewish settlers raise concern in defense establishment. (Haaretz+)
  • Official: Israeli forces hang flags on Ibrahimi mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) - Israeli forces on Wednesday placed Israeli flags on the walls of the Ibrahimi mosque and set up tents in the eastern courtyards, mosque officials said. (Maan)
  • Settlers confront Palestinians picking olives in Salfit - Israeli settlers attacked Sami Yousef Radad, 60, and his wife from al-Zawya in Salfit while they picked olives on their land. "...(they) kicked me and my wife off my land at gunpoint," he said. (Maan)
  • The Garden of Bil’in: Seedlings in tear gas canisters - Palestinian who lives near security fence spent years collecting tear gas canisters in which she planted seedlings. (Ynet+PHOTOS)
  • Israel plans bid for U.N. Security Council seat - Western diplomats expect it to be a hard sell, given the antipathy of most members of the non-aligned nations bloc to Israel. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Protesters cut through Israel's wall near Jerusalem - Arab and foreign popular resistance activists cut three holes in the wall which separates Jerusalem from nearby Abu Dis on Thursday, to affirm the right to reach Jerusalem. (Maan)
  • How many more Palestinian women have to be murdered? - September was the most violent month this year, with seven women killed in Gaza and the West Bank. (Haaretz+)
  • Twitter chairman exchanges tweets with Rohani's account - Jack Dorsey says it's 'inspiring' to see Iranian president on Twitter, asks 'are citizens of Iran able to read your tweets?' (Ynet)

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