Friday, October 04, 2013


* Netanyahu says he would 'consider' meeting with Rouhani Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told NPR on Thursday that he would "consider" meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

* Poll: Two-thirds of Israeli Jews back unilateral Iran strike Should the need arise to attack Iran, an overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews would support a unilateral Israeli strike.

* Back from 'charm defensive,'' PM stays on message Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stayed on message, stressing the importance of sanctions as an obstacle to Iranian nuclear capability.

* 'The Palestinians always run away at the decisive moment' Nine months. That's the amount of time the people running the American-sponsored talks between Israel and the Palestinians allotted for reaching a peace treaty.

* Clashes break out in Egypt, Brotherhood supporter killed Clashes erupted in several Egyptian cities on Friday.

* Hezbollah begins to withdraw some troops from Syria Lebanese Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah has reportedly begun to remove some of its troops embattled in Syria.

* 'Dayan pushed PM Meir to consider using nuclear weapons in 1973 war' On the second day of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel's defense minister Moshe Dayan told prime minister Golda Meir to consider making preparations for the use of nuclear weapons.

* Saudi black op team behind Damascus chem weapons attack - diplomatic sources The August chemical weapons attack in the Syrian capital's suburbs was done by a Saudi Arabian black operations team.

* Internet freedom on decline worldwide as governments tighten grip Improved surveillance, takedown of opposition websites for "illegal content" and paid pro-government commentators are among the increasingly sophisticated tools used by authorities.

* US shutdown: Barack Obama cancels Asia trip US President Barack Obama has cancelled his trip to Asia because of the US government shutdown.