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Netanyahu Invited to Visit Obama Again

The invitation comes after Obama met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri earlier this week. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also expected to eventually meet with Obama as well. The Middle East is an important foreign policy issue for the US right now, with indirect Israel-Palestinian peace talks up and running, current American efforts to

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Aid Figures Dispute Claim of Gaza Humanitarian Crisis

Israel also allowed in more than 105 million liters of fuel for Gaza’s power plant in 2009, and Israel continues to provide approximately 60% of Gaza’s electricity. More than 3,000 tons of a chemical for water purification went into Gaza in 2009, and the IDF said 48 trucks of equipment for improving the sanitation infrastructure

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Home Front Drill Attracts Dozens of Foreign Spectators

“Several months ago we distributed invitations to countries and organizations for the drill via government ministries and emergency units,” Kobi Wimisberg, head of the visitors directorate in the National Emergency Management Authority told Ynet. “Professionals in the emergency field showed great interest,” he noted. Wimisberg added that he did not receive any unusual requests from

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Israeli Economy Growing, But European Crisis Raises Concerns

Economic growth, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), rose by 3.3% in the first quarter of 2010 according to National Accounts figures cited by the Bank, and employment-related issues continued to improve. However, the European debt crisis is raising concerns that could lead to problems for the Israeli economy. The Bank noted that the

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Donkey Dies in Failed Gaza Terror Attack

Besides the donkey, no one was injured and no damage was caused. Military sources noted on Tuesday that terror organizations in the past have attempted to carry out terror attacks in various ways, including using animals. Last year, the military thwarted an attempt by Gaza gunmen who used booby-trapped horses loaded with explosive devices and

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NY Times: US Military Expanding Secret Operations in Middle East

The New York Times also points to the drawbacks of the initiative, including danger to the troops and the possibility of upsetting delicate diplomatic relations in the region. The newspaper reports that the directive “appears to authorize specific operations in Iran.”

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Netanyahu: Palestinians Waging Unacceptable Economic War

“Israel strives for economic peace. We have removed checkpoints; we have made life easier; we are always taking action to advance the Palestinian economy. Despite all this, the Palestinian side is opposed to economic peace and is taking steps that ultimately hurt them. This also refers to the economic boycott they are spearheading and the

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Diplomatic Press Yields Only Denials from Syria

Moualem told reporters that Syria will not “act as Israel’s policeman” in preventing weapons from reaching Hizbullah and accused Israel of using the issue as cover for its own war preparations. In Jordan, where Westerwelle concluded his Mideast trip, the German foreign minister called for Israel and the Palestinians to move immediately to direct talks

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Adding Brains to the Water Grid

Now a market-ready, easy to add-on software solution developed by an Israeli IT entrepreneur can help a city’s waterworks identify and home in on leaks so they can be plugged. Ranging in price from US $10,000 a month for a small city to US $150,000 for cities like LA or New York, company CEO Amir

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Netanyahu: Home Front Drill Preplanned

According to Netanyahu, “Israel seeks calm, stability and peace, but it’s no secret that we live in a region threatened by rockets and missiles.” The prime minister added that “the best defense is developing a deterrence and defense system, and we are investing large budgets for this purpose.” Defense Minister Ehud Barak addressed the drill

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