President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) greets journalists as Iranian Defence Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar stands in background before the start of an official meeting in Tehran May 26, 2008.  REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian Defence Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar was quoted on Tuesday as warning Israel of a "very painful" response if it launched a military strike over the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program.

Israeli minister threatens Iran

A top Israeli official has said that if Iran continues with its alleged nuclear arms programme, Israel will attack it. Speaking to Yediot Ahronot newspaper, Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz said sanctions on Iran were ineffective.

Olmert talks tough on Iran's nuclear program

Jeffrey Heller Reuters 04.06.2008
Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attends a ceremony marking Jerusalem Day at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem June 2, 2008.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Tuesday Iran's nuclear program must be stopped by "all possible means" and Tehran must be made to see it would suffer devastating repercussions if it pursued atomic weapons.

Remains of 5 Israeli soldiers identified

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has identified the remains of five soldiers transferred from Lebanon earlier this week.

Golan residents fear losing calm home

Joshua Mitnick The Washington Times 03.06.2008
The view across the U.N.-supervised demilitarized zone into Syria from Mount Ben-Tal shows the peaceful fields of the Golan Heights.  PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOSHUA MITNICK

KATZRIN, Golan Heights | Life has suddenly become very uncertain for the residents of the 32 Israeli communities in these highlands captured from Syria in 1967.

Prisoner swap rekindles hope for two soldiers

Joshua Mitnick The Washington Times 02.06.2008
Nasim Nisr, a Lebanese man convicted in Israel of spying, left, raise hands yesterday with his mother (center) and his sister (right) upon his arrival to a ceremony held by Hezbollah, in the south Lebanon coastal town of Naqoura. N Associated Press.

TEL AVIV | A rare exchange of prisoners - living and dead - between Israel and Hezbollah at the Lebanese border boosted hopes yesterday that the two enemies are headed toward a deal that would free two Israeli soldiers whose abduction sparked a wa...

Introducing the world's strongest currency: The shekel

Even the powerful euro has had a hard time competing with what has become probably the strongest currency in the world since the beginning of 2008: the Israeli shekel.

Israel: Choosing a National Bird

the national bird of isreal should be the lapid faced vulture.

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attends a session of parliament in Jerusalem May 21, 2008.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner (JERUSALEM)

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Leaders of Israel's governing Kadima party plan to meet in as little as a week to decide on an internal ballot that could replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, senior Kadima members said on Friday.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (L). Photo: Reuters.

The Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni has suggested that the prime minister, Ehud Olmert, should stand down because of the corruption allegations against him.

Desmond Tutu: Israel's killing of 18 Palestinians was 'a massacre'

Desmond Tutu, a leader of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, has completed a mission to the Gaza Strip by describing Israel's killing of 18 Palestinians as a massacre.

Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert 'should resign' over corruption allegations

Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert’s main coalition partner has demanded that he leave office over corruption allegations, in a political turmoil that threatens to topple his government and disrupt peace talks with the Palestinians.

Haaretz poll: 70 percent of Israelis don't believe Olmert

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has lost the trust of his party and more importantly, the public's trust, in the latest corruption affair under which he is being investigated.

Key witness gives testimony in Olmert bribery case

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An American businessman who gave money to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert testified in court on Tuesday in a bribery case against the Israeli leader.

Former U.S. President and Nobel Laureate Jimmy Carter gestures at the 21st Hay Festival May 25, 2008.   REUTERS/

LONDON (Reuters) - Former President Jimmy Carter has said Israel holds at least 150 nuclear weapons, the first time a U.S. president has publicly acknowledged the Jewish state's atomic arsenal.

Obama woos Jewish voters in Florida

Nicholas Riccardi Los Angeles Times 23.05.2008
Sen. Barack Obama waits to be introduced at a Town Hall Meeting at the B'nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton Thursday.  Gary I Rothstein / EPA

The Democrat talks about his support for Israel, acknowledges a strain between Jews and blacks, and urges people to ignore the false whispers that he is Muslim.

Olmert proposes naval blockade on Iran

The Straits Times 21.05.2008
Olmert proposes naval blockade on Iran

JERUSALEM - ISRAEL Prime Minister Ehud Olmert proposed in talks with a US Congressional leader that a naval blockade be imposed on Iran to try to curb its nuclear programme, an Israeli newspaper said.

Bush’s Speech Prods Middle East Leaders

Sheryl Gay Stolberg New York Times 19.05.2008
President Bush received restrained applause in Sharm el Sheik, in contrast with the strong response by Israelis last week.  Amr Nabil/Associated Press

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt — After basking in a showy celebration of America’s close ties with Israel, President Bush criticized other Middle East leaders on Sunday, prodding them to expand their economies, offer equal opportunity to women and embrace...

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden speaks in a video released on a web site September 7, 2007.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on Sunday issued a message via an Islamic website to Muslims all over the world, in which he lashed out at Arab governments which he says side with the West Israel and thus fail the Palestinians, while calling o...

Bush met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on May 17, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

U.S. President George Bush on Sunday left the Egyptian Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh and headed back to Washington, ending his two-day visit to Egypt and five-day tour to the region with remarks to convince Arab sceptics on peace push.

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