* With reprisal campaign, Israel looks to put 'strategic' dent in Hamas Unlike tit-for-tat exchanges of past, Israeli jets targeting Gaza positions following rocket attack on Sderot Wednesday hit sites key to terror organization.
* Iraq PM to Erdogan: get out of Iraq or face possibility of regional war As the operation to free Mosul from the self-proclaimed caliphate approaches, the potential vacuum left after the Islamic State loses the city could lead to serious complications for the region.
* Did Peres's Death Signal End of Josephic Messiah and Beginning of Davidic Messiah? When Shimon Peres, last of the leaders who founded the modern state of Israel, was eulogized last Friday by a historic gathering of over 90 world leaders from over 70 countries, it dramatically and emphatically marked the end of an era for Israel.
* Iran Guards warn Saudis over Gulf war games Tehran (AFP) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards warned regional rival Saudi Arabia to stay away from Iranian waters during its military exercises in the Gulf.
* Iranian Army Can Deploy Nine Million Troops Against America, Says Former Minister The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ground forces are "five times better" than the American army, and Iran could deploy nine million troops against it in less than ten days, said former Corps minister Mohsen Rafighdoost last month in a Tehran speech.
* Why do the British royals refrain from official state visits to Israel? While Prince Charles has attended two state funerals in Israel, he has never come on an official state visit; neither has Queen Elizabeth.
* Elite IAF commandos at forefront of 'war between wars' behind enemy lines The Shaldag Unit, formed 40 years ago as the air force's elite ground unit, gathers intelligence far from borders and surprises the enemy.
* Al-Shabab 'kills Christians' in Kenya's Mandera town Militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it has killed six Christians in north-eastern Kenya in an attack aimed at forcing them out of the region.
* Ethiopian immigration to Israel resuming after 3-year freeze Amid civil unrest in Ethiopia, first group of Jews since 2013 set to arrive in Israel on Sunday; 9,000 still waiting in Ethiopia.
* One World Religion Advances with Vatican Anglican Meeting The heads of the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches said on Wednesday they would work together to help the poor and protect the environment despite their unity being blocked by differences over women priests and gay marriage.