Monday, June 15, 2009


* Mubarak: Netanyahu speech "scuttles the chances for peace" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's demand in a key speech Sunday that Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people "scuttles the chances for peace," Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said.

* Iran poll loser leads huge rally Thousands of Iranians have staged a protest rally against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, defying a government ban.

* Palestinians dismiss Israel plan Palestinians have rejected the Israeli prime minister's conditions for a two-state solution, saying he has "paralysed" the peace process.

* Leader Emerges With Stronger Hand Whether his 63% victory is truly the will of the people or the result of fraud, it demonstrated that Ahmadinejad is the shrewd and ruthless front man for a clerical, military and political elite that is more unified and emboldened than at any time since the 1979 revolution.

* Netanyahu defies Obama with harsh conditions for Palestinian entity Binyamin Netanyahu threw down the gauntlet to the US, grudgingly agreeing to a limited Palestinian state that would be demilitarised and not in control of its airspace or borders.

* Iran supreme leader orders probe of vote fraud In stunning turnaround, state television reports Khamenei ordering Guardian Council to examine Mousavi's allegations of vote rigging

* Israel and foes in internet war Israeli intelligence agencies have warned citizens of the risks in using social networking sites such as Facebook.

* Geert Wilders: EU is not Israel's friend Geert Wilders, head of the Dutch Freedom Party, said that the EU is "one-sided and always against Israel."

* Israel is losing the PR war so badly that even evangelical support is eroding The war that Israel keeps losing is the war of world opinion, the war for individual hearts and minds.

* EU leads international pressure on Iran over vote The European Union increased pressure on Iran on Monday to agree to opposition demands to investigate President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's landslide election victory and halt a crackdown on protesters.

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