Wednesday, October 17, 2012


* PM warns of Syria transferring WMDs to terrorists Israel will weigh military action if it suspects Syria's chemical weapons might fall into the hands of terrorist organizations, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said.

* Iran claims its drones reached Israel dozens of times Israeli official rejects statement by Iranian military official that many drones entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon to collect intel.

* Sinai Islamists vow revenge for IAF Gaza strikes An Islamist group in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel said on Tuesday it will take revenge against the Jewish state for the killing of Palestinian terrorists in Gaza over the weekend.

* Hamas allows pro-Al Qaida Salafists to form political party in Gaza Strip The Al Qaida-aligned movement has formed a political party in the Gaza Strip.

* PA confiscates archive of Hamas's armed wing The Palestinian Authority has managed to confiscate the entire archive of Hamas's military wing in an early morning raid on Tuesday.

* Israel could send Iran 'back to the stone age' with electromagnetic bomb Israel could destroy Iran's electric network with a specially designed electromagnetic bomb in the event of a military conflict between the countries.

* Cold Economic Forecast for Iran Iran has urged its 75 million citizens to curb the use of foreign built cars and cellphones, and says it will slash the import of nonessential items.

* Palestinians: UN recognition would foster peace with Israel The Palestinians fended off on Tuesday U.S. criticism of their bid for upgraded status at the United Nations, saying the move would improve prospects for a peace accord with Israel, not damage them.

* Jordanian teachers in UN schools for Palestinian refugees say they'll refuse to teach the Holocaust Rumors of a UN decision to re-introduce Holocaust studies in schools run by UNRWA - the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees - have raised the ire of Jordanian teachers.

* Saudi Arabia: Hajj pilgrimage to start Oct. 25 Saudi Arabia has announced that the Islamic hajj pilgrimage, which attracts around 3 million Muslims worldwide each year, will begin on Thursday, Oct. 25.