Monday, January 14, 2008


* Olmert: All options to counter Iranian threat on the table "Regarding the threat of a nuclear Iran, all options are on the table," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told MKs at the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting on Monday.

* PLO to form separate W. Bank parliament The Palestinians may soon have two separate parliaments - one in the West Bank controlled by Fatah and the second belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

* Confront Iran danger early - Bush US President George W Bush has warned of the dangers he says are posed by Iran, in a speech in its Gulf neighbour, the United Arab Emirates.

* Mid-East talks on 'core issues' Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have begun talks in Jerusalem on what are seen as the most intractable issues in the peace process.

* Nasrallah 'honored' to be enemy of US The leader of Hizbullah criticized US President George W. Bush Sunday for accusing Iran of supporting armed groups in the region and calling them "terrorist," saying he is honored to be an enemy "of the Great Satan."

* Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis criticize Kurds Iraqi Arab lawmakers from rival sects joined forces Sunday to criticize what they claim is overreaching by the Kurds, alleging the powerful U.S.-backed minority's go-it-alone style in oil and other major issues threatens national unity.

* Iran Plans on Destroying Tomb of King Cyrus, Friend of the Jews Iran is planning on submerging the tomb of King Cyrus (Coresh), the Persian King known for authorizing the Jewish exiles to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Holy Temple.

* India's Prime Minister Arrives In China For High-Level Talks India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Beijing on Sunday for a three-day visit aiming to boost bilateral relations between the two Asian giants.

* 'Islamic Jesus' hits Iranian movie screens A director who shares the ideas of Iran's hardline president has produced what he says is the first film giving an Islamic view of Jesus Christ, in a bid to show the "common ground" between Muslims and Christians.

* Netanyahu urges Shas, Yisrael Beiteinu to quit government Opposition chairman Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday urged Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu to leave the government in wake of the first meeting between Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Chief Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qureia over the core issues.