"U.S. plans for possibility that Assad could lose control of chemicalarms cache" is an article published today by the Washington Post. "AsBashar al-Assad’s hold on power steadily weakens, U.S. officials areincreasingly worried that Syria’s weapons of mass destruction couldfall into the hands of Islamist extremists, rogue generals or otheruncontrollable factions," the article begins."The opposition Free Syrian Army said it did not find any chemicalweapons at the first installation. But the developments have fanned
David Kon, a native of Baku, Israeli TV host and former member of Azerinform, has formed the Israelim Party in Israel.The party will be devoted to protection of Russian speakers in Israel. Social polls published on December 13 say that the party may get two mandates.The second member following Kon in the party is Alex Vexler, a native of Baku, member of a KVN team of Yuli Gusman.Iosif Shagal, the Israeli Ambassador to Belarus, is the first Azerbaijani native at the Israeli parliament, elected in 2006.
Israel has praised the idea of Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili to make Chanukah an official holiday in Georgia.
The Jewish community in Turkey expresses concerns about statements made by a spokesman of IHH (the organization responsible for the Mavi Marmara ferry of the Free Gaza Flotilla formed in 2010) Hussein Orudzh. The official said that there had been five Jews of Turkish citizenship who had lived in Turkey before joining the Israeli military.Leaders of the Jewish community fear that the information may provoke anti-Semitic response from the Turkish authorities, including arrests or even pogroms.
Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority Salam Fayyad has urged the population to boycott Israeli products.He asked Arab states to use the Arab insurance network mechanism and provide the promised $100 million a month.The decision of Israel to stop tax payments may be a result of granting Palestine status of an observer at the UN General Assembly in November. Palestine bought products worth over $2 billion from Israel in 2011.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is suspected of money-laundering, corruption and abuse of authority, TRT reports.Some of Lieberman’s companies are believed to be registered under the name of his driver and the driver’s daughter after the official became an MP in 2001.Israeli lawyers say that the majority of politicians suspected of corruption, including former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, resigned.Lieberman said that he will not resign. He has been summoned by the prosecutors to answer questions about his activities in 2001-2008.
The Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan, Rafael Harpaz, said that in 2012 Israelintends to significantly increase bilateral trade with Azerbaijan. He notedthat in 2012 turnover amounted to more than $4 billion, "Azerbaijanhas a good business climate, and Israeli companies are interested incooperating with the country," Harpaz said.The Azerbaijani government plans to sign agreements on the avoidance ofdouble taxation, cooperation in agriculture and visa facilitation, in orderto encourage the involvement of Israeli businessmen in the country.
The Jerusalem Post published an article by Keneth Bandler entitled 'On My Mind: Palestine’s Turkish agent.' "Turkey’s posturing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become so ardent that The New York Times, in a recent editorial, mistakenly called Turkey an Arab country," the article reads.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has expressed his gratitude for Turkey’s support in obtaining an upgraded U.N. status for his country, urging Israel to fulfill its duty toward peace
Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, GiorgiKvirikashvili has today received a delegation of businessmen, whoarrived in Georgia from Israel. President of Association of Businessand Private Entrepreneurs of Israel, Ehud Rasabi was among them.As Georgian Economy Ministry told Trend, according to representativesof the Israeli business circles, Georgia is an attractive country interms of starting a business. Cooperation between the two countrieswould deepen in almost all directions - both in infrastructure and
India plans to sign an MLAT (mutual legal assistance treaty) agreement with Azerbaijan, Israel, Oman and Nepal to investigate illegal income crimes, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs reports.The MLAT helps prevent and investigate crimes, summon suspects to courts and confiscate illegal possessions.India has MLAT agreements with 32 states, including Iran, Kuwait, Switzerland, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam and Kazakhstan.