Daily news summary

20 novembre 2007
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23:50 The Israeli man who was seriously injured in an automatic weapon attack, a few minutes ago, near Pundok, has just died in the arms of Hatzalah-Yosh rescue workers to. (Guysen.International.News)

23:47 Near Netiv Haassara: three Palestinian terrorists who tried to infiltrate from the Gaza Strip were intercepted by the IDF. Two of them were killed and a third was wounded but nevertheless managed to flee. (Guysen.International.News)

23:27 Algeria: a leader of the armed wing of Al-Qaeda was arrested near Algiers by the secret services of the country. The Islamist leader was arrested in a shelter where 800 kilograms of explosive materials ”ready to be used”, three bombs “ready for use” and about twenty detonators, were stored, according to a press release. (Guysen.International.News)

22:59 According to a survey conducted by the University of Haifa and the Ben-Gurion University, the Israeli population has less and less confidence in the country’s judicial system. (Guysen.International.News)

22:39 MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beitenu) has called on the academic college Sapir to dismiss the Arab teacher who refused to teach a student wearing a soldier’s uniform. (Guysen.International.News)

21:29 The terror victims association, Almagor, has expressed its clear disapproval after the government’s decision to release 450 Palestinian prisoners. Almagor has announced the introduction of a broad media campaign against this decision, in addition to an appeal to the High Court of Justice. (Guysen.International.News)

21:08 The Iranian ambassador to Syria maintains that his country is willing to provide Damascus with the necessary assistance to enable it to develop a civilian nuclear program. However Mohamed Hassan Ahatari stated that such a cooperation did not currently exist. (Guysen.International.News)

20:47 The National Union of Students has called on students at the Sapir academic college, near Sderot, to no longer attend the lectures of the Arab teacher who refused to start his class in the presence of a reserve soldier in uniform. (Guysen.International.News)

20:17 The United States and Russia have signed an agreement, under which they have engaged to significantly reduce their reserves of plutonium in their weapons factories. (Guysen.International.News)

19:49 Bangladesh: the Red Crescent has estimated that the death toll from Hurricane Sidr could pass the 10,000 bar. The government reports are provisional as the emergency services have not yet reached many of the isolated affected areas. (Guysen.International.News)

18:58 Minister Haim Ramon is continuing to defend his peace plan, including ceding some neighborhoods of Jerusalem to the Palestinians. According to him, the 100,000 Arabs who live in these neighborhoods are a threat to Jerusalem, and it would be easier to decide to part ways. (Guysen.International.News)

18:27 Yisrael Beitenu, headed by Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Strategic Affairs, is threatening to leave the government coalition. MK David Rotem said that his party will not continue to support Prime Minister Ehud Olmert if he continues to show disproportionate gestures of largesse to the Palestinians without receiving anything in return. (Guysen.International.News)

17:48 ”The IDF went to war unprepared, with inadequate equipment and ammunition,” the State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss writes in his annual report, in the chapter on the War in Lebanon. The reservists were not sufficiently trained, says the State Comptroller and entire battalions had not practiced military maneuvers for five years. In addition, commanders of battalions and brigades have been appointed without the necessary qualifications. (Guysen.International.News)

17:18 A review of Palestinian terrorism in the last hour: 13 mortars were fired towards the western Negev. Four of them landed at Netiv Haassara and nine in the area of Erez. There were no injuries but three vehicles were damaged. Earlier, a kassam rocket, and at least ten mortars were fired towards the western Negev. There were no injuries. (Guysen.International.News)

16:29 The IDF and the security services have raised the state of alert on account of the Annapolis conference. This was revealed on Monday by Defense Minister Ehud Barak. It is feared that terrorist organizations such as Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah are attempting to perpetrate attacks in order to derail the conference. (Guysen.International.News)

15:57 Heavy rain and hail in the Tel Aviv area and the Sharon Plain. In 30 minutes, several millimeters of rain fell causing some flooding. Rain is expected on Tuesday in the rest of the country. (Guysen.International.News)

15:29 ”We will have to work hard to repair the damage caused by this government,” the opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu said on Monday at the Likud parliamentary group meeting. ”The problem is not whether or not we go to Annapolis but rather what we do there.” (Guysen.International.News)

14:55 The draft resolution of Defense Minister Ehud Barak on reservists, was approved unanimously by the Council of Ministers. This text provides tax relief and facilities for university enrollment. (Guysen.International.News)

13:27 The government has approved the release of 450 Palestinian prisoners in a goodwill gesture towards the PA president Mahmoud Abbas before the Annapolis conference. Dozens of people demonstrated on Monday morning at the Prime Minister’s Office, calling for the release of Jewish prisoners. (Guysen.International.News)

13:18 Shimon Peres has called for the strengthening of Mahmoud Abbas’ leadership through economic initiatives. The Israeli President is proposing the creation of jobs, and not specifically the security forces. He explained his ideas during an interview with the British Foreign Minister David Miliband. (Guysen.International.News)

12:50 Binyamin Ben Eliezer has presented a detailed diplomatic program before the Annapolis conference. He stressed that ”Jerusalem will be the capital of Israel with Jewish neighborhoods for Jews and Arab neighborhood for the Arabs.” He ruled out the right of return of Palestinian refugees, but called for financial compensation. The safe passage between the Gaza Strip and the Judea and Samaria will be under Israeli sovereignty, according to the plan. (Guysen.International.News)

12:22 Scandal at the Sapir academic college of Sderot. An Arab teacher asked a reservist in uniform, returning from his tour of duty, to leave the classroom and return dressed in civilian clothes. The other students present did not show any signs of protest. The sergeant remained in place and was subjected to insidious remarks from the lecturer about the Israeli army. (Guysen.International.News)

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