News from Israel
TV Lampooning of Nasrallah Leads to Riots in Lebanon
Quote of the day:
"I want to contribute to the State in a way that would have made Yitzhak and Leah Rabin proud of me."
--Yitzhak Rabin, 18, a Jordanian immigrant, wants to serve in the IDF.
- Cabinet OKs demolishing Bedouin village, replacing with Jewish town - Unauthorized village Umm al-Hiran makes cabinet agenda even though its future is in the court's hands. Jewish community to be named Hiran. [Israel Hayom reports on the new Jewish town, but avoids mentioning the need to destroy a Bedouin village - OH. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
- Abbas: Adamant on intention to find true cause of Arafat's death - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian Authority is adamant in its intention to unearth the truth behind Yasser Arafat's death. (Ynet and Maan)
- Lieberman gets green light to return as FM - Cabinet approves reinstatement of Avigdor Lieberman as foreign minister; swearing in ceremony set for Monday. (Agencies, Ynet)
- Yitzhak Rabin wants to be recruited to IDF - He was born 18 years ago in Jordan to parents, who decided to name him after the murdered prime minister. Since then, little Rabin and his family moved to Israel when he was a baby, he began conversion process to Judaism and now wants to serve in the army, if he would only finally receive an Israeli ID card. (Yedioth, p. 14)
- Concern in Jordan: "Jewish extremists operating at Al-Aqsa (Temple Mount)" - In an article in "Al-Dustour" newspaper, the Jordanian minister in charge of holy places warned: "Discussion over division of Al-Aqsa is playing with fire." (NRG Hebrew)
- Lebanon: Israel spying on our phones - Complaint to UN to cite electronic espionage stations along border that can access any telecom network. (Haaretz+)
- Riots in Lebanon after Nasrallah lampooned on prime-time - For first time since 2006, satirical Lebanese show pokes fun at Hezbollah chief Nasrallah, causing riots in group's strongholds. In show, Nasrallah asked if group has erred in Syria, in response: 'We joined fighting too late'. (Ynet)
- Iranian deputy minister of industries 'shot dead' in Tehran - State news agency IRNA reports Deputy Industries Minister Safdar Rahmatabadi shot by unidentified assailant. Last month, the Telegraph reported that Iran's commander of the Cyber Warfare Headquarters was found dead in a forest outside Tehran. (Agencies,Haaretz)
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