Wednesday, December 10, 2008


* Netanyahu on course for Israeli election win -polls Benjamin Netanyahu could coast to victory in Israel's election two months from now.

* Turkish foreign policymaker: Iran poses threat to Turkey "I don't think that a military option against Iran will work," visiting Turkish politician, Murat Mercan, told Haaretz on Sunday.

* How to Sell Judea and Samaria The "Judea and Samaria: Every Jew's Story" campaign is picking up steam.

* Nobel Peace Prize winner urges Obama: Focus on Mideast peace Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari urged US President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday to start his term by giving "high priority" to the Middle East conflict.

* World's hungry 'close to one billion' The food crisis has pushed the number of hungry people in the world to almost 1bn.

* Babylon: Google, emerging markets to boost sales Babylon Ltd., the Israeli translation software developer, said it will repeat sales growth of 45 percent next year.

* Obama plans major address in Islamic capital: interview President-elect Barack Obama plans to give "a major address" in an Islamic capital soon after taking office as he seeks to mend America's image in the Muslim world.

* New radar can pinpoint rocket launchers With an eye to a future conflict with Hamas and Hizbullah, the IDF's Artillery Corps is preparing to integrate a new radar system that will help locate and destroy rocket launchers more quickly than ever before.

* Google Earth accused of aiding terrorists An Indian Court has been called to ban Google Earth amid suggestions the online satellite imaging was used to help plan the terror attacks that killed more than 170 people in Mumbai last month.

* Iraq plans EU-style Middle East union Iraq has unveiled plans for the creation of a regional economic and security union for the Middle East explicitly modelled on the European Union.