Monday, August 06, 2007


* PM hopes Abbas talks will bear fruit Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that he hopes his talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will move negotiations on the establishment of a Palestinian state forward.

* Hevron Stands Firm: Fool Us Twice, Not a Chance The Jewish community in Hevron says it has been lied to and tricked one too many times and will neither negotiate nor leave the Jewish-owned Hevron marketplace willingly.

* Hizbullah, Other Terrorists Targeting Traveling Israelis The Counter-Terrorism Bureau of the National Security Council (NSC) issued its biannual travel advisories this week. Among the NSC's list of alerts are warnings that Hizbullah is intending to take hostages from among Israelis abroad.

* Syria wary of Israeli attack, says IDF Head of research in Military Intelligence says Syria keeps watchful eye on Israel, warns next Hamas-Fatah clash might sweep West Bank.

* Syrian minister: US, Israel a 'snake' Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal publicly attacked Israel and the United States on Sunday, comparing both countries to a snake "ready to attack at any minute, even if it knows it will die."

* IDF to try troops who refuse to evacuate Hebron market OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Gadi Shamni decided on Monday that 12 soldiers who refused to participate in the planned evacuation of the Hebron marketplace would be tried on disciplinary charges and will not serve in any combat position in the future.

* Elite IDF Unit Refuses Hevron Expulsion Orders Some 30 IDF soldiers refused to board the bus Monday morning after being told by officers that their orders to carry out operations in Judea and Samaria included the forcible eviction of two families from their homes in the former Hevron marketplace.

* Iran detains scores at "satanic" rock gig: media Iranian police detained more than 200 people and seized alcohol and drugs in a raid on a "satanic" underground rock concert, media in the conservative Islamic state reported on Saturday.

* Opposition wins key Lebanese poll An opposition candidate has defeated a government-backed rival in a tense by-election near Lebanon's capital Beirut, the interior ministry says.

* 190,000 weapons 'missing in Iraq' The US military cannot account for 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to the Iraqi security forces, an official US report says.