Tuesday, August 25, 2009


* Meridor: We won't return to the line of 1967 "Surely, nobody expects [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu to offer more than what [former prime minister Ehud] Olmert offered [to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas]".

* Karzai edges ahead in Afghan poll Initial counting from Afghanistan's presidential election shows incumbent Hamid Karzai with a slight lead.

* Fayad: De facto state within 2 years Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad on Tuesday unveiled a plan to create a de facto Palestinian state in two years.

* New Iraqi political alliance excludes al-Maliki Iraq's main Shiite parties Monday announced the formation of a new alliance that excludes the prime minister.

* Yosef asks Carter to help free Schalit In a meeting Tuesday with former US president Jimmy Carter, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef asked for his help in arranging the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.

* Iran has not expanded uranium enrichment since May Iran has not expanded the number of centrifuges enriching uranium at its Natanz nuclear site since the end of May.

* Netanyahu in UK: Settlement construction not a land grab Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu emerged from his meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Tuesday afternoon in London saying that Israel and the US were trying to come up with "a bridging formula".

* Israel Makes Waves by Simulating an Earthquake The Seismologic Division of the Ministry of National Infrastructure's Geophysical Institute will attempt to simulate an earthquake in the southern Negev on Thursday.

* Dead Sea reaches finals in vote on world's 7 natural wonders The Dead Sea is among 14 finalists in a global Internet poll to choose the seven wonders of the natural world.

* EU to table new immigration rules in September Brussels is finalising fresh proposals on European Union immigration policy, including a potentially controversial system of re-distributing refugees and asylum seekers.