Monday, June 18, 2012


* IDF tanks move closer to Egypt border Military issues unusual order, deploys Armored force closer to border following terror attack on civilian crews building fence.

* Russia to send ships and marines to Syria Two Russian navy ships are completing preparations to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to protect Russian citizens and the nationĂ¢€™s base there, a news report said Monday.

* Hamas supporters in Gaza cheer Egypt's Brotherhood victory Distributing sweets and praising God, Gazans rejoice over Islamist win in Egyptian presidential election.

* Antonis Samaras begins urgent Greece coalition talks The leader of the party that narrowly won Greece's election has begun urgent talks to form a coalition, saying he wants to forge a "national consensus".

* Egypt's army vows to hand power to elected president Egypt's ruling military council has vowed to hand over power to an elected president by the end of June.

* Egypt is like Gaza except Israel can't respond Ultimately, senior defense officials admit that Israel can't deal with the terror threat on its own and needs the Egyptian government to work to regain control and weed out the terrorists.

* Kurds could hold key in Syria Largest Syrian opposition group names Kurd as new leader, but Syrian Kurds remain hesitant to rebel.

* Extremists' guide to 'struggle against Ulpana evacuation' Booklet distributed in Beit El settlement instructs right-wingers to block roads, infiltrate IDF bases and commit 'price tag' acts to prevent imminent evacuation of five homes, turn area into 'one of most turbulent in West Bank.

* 'Peace process clinically dead, Israel responsible' Abbas says PA fulfilled all obligations, accuses Israel of working to destroy 2-state solution through settlement policy.

* Greek election aftermath to dominate this WEEK With Greek voters having given a majority to pro-bailout parties on Sunday (17 June), the EU's immediate agenda is likely to centre on offering some sort of sweetner to any future coalition government.