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Iranians hack 220 Israeli websites

Iranians have hacked 220 Israeli websites to commemorate the death of nuclear specialist Dariush Tezainejad, Trend reports on Thursday.The Ditakadrz group of hackers attacked websites of the education center of Israeli security services and financial centers servicing credit cards.

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 Hurriyet published an article  by Mehmet Ali Birand headlined "Both Turkey and Israel are losing their influence."  "An Israel not backed by Turkey, which cannot establish a dialogue on certain topics, regardless of its military power, regardless of the fact that the United States backs it, nevertheless feels isolated in the region, or at least is perceived that way," the article reads. "Israel, just like us, is bound to wrestle with the major issues of the region." 

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Israel offers to improve ties with Turkey

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has had the first meeting with Turkish journalists since the start of the long diplomatic crisis of Israel and Turkey. Netanyahu said that the two states are strong, sustainable and key countries of the instable region, ANS reports.Israel reduced exports to Turkey by 26% in Q1 2012. The main export goods to Turkey are refined oil and chemicals. Israel reduced its position in the list of top trade partners of Turkey from 3rd to 6th.

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Iran has 11,000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment

Iran has increased the number of centrifuges enriching uranium from 10,000 to 11,000, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, RIA Novosti reports.The IAEA reported about 10,000 centrifuges enriching uranium to 20% on May 25. 9,333 of them were in Natanz and 696 at Fordu near Kum.Experts say that 20%-enriched uranium may be turned into 90%-enriched for nuclear weapons.

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Killer of Syrian defense minister caught

The suspected organizer of the blast that killed high-ranking Syrian officials has been arrested, RIA Novosti reports.The organizer turns out to be a Syrian MP Mohammad Zahir Ghanoum caught in Damascus. According to investigators he was hired by Qatar, Turkey, Israel or the US.

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Lieberman changes no principles

 Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has had an interview with Turkish paper Hurriyet. This is the first interview of an Israeli government official to Turkish media since the Mavi Marmara incident. Although the interview does not inspire hopes for rapprochement of Turkey and Israel.

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Syria may use chemical weapons

Syria may use chemical weapons, should foreign military intervention happen, spokesman of the Syrian Foreign Ministry Jihad Maqdisi said on Monday, RIA Novosti reports.The White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remained in control of the chemical arsenal.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed concerns over the disorders in Syria, fearing that rebels may take hold of chemical weapons and pass them to terrorists.

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Israel did not cancel flights to Azerbaijan

 Israel has not cancelled flights to Azerbaijan, the Israeli Embassy in Azerbaijan said, Trend reports.Flights between the two states are carried out on Wednesdays and Sundays, departing from Baku at 9.35 am (local time) using Azerbaijani Airlines.Israel has cancelled flights to Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Greece, South Africa and Thailand after the terrorist attack in Burgas (Bulgaria).

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Israel organizes military drills at Aegean Sea

 Israeli Naval Forces have had the first drills with use of artillery in the Aegean Sea, SalamNews reports.Israel used the Sa’ar 5 and Sa’ar 4.5 class ships at the Greek territorial waters. Greece did not take part in the drills near the Turkish border.Greek and Turkish Foreign Karolos Papoulias and Massoud Yilmaz signed a moratorium on military drills in Athens in 1988. Drills were banned for the tourism season.

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Israel cancels flights to Azerbaijan and Turkey

Israel has cancelled flights to Azerbaijan, Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Greece, South Africa and Thailand after the terrorist attack in Burgas (Bulgaria), 1news.az reports.A bus with Israeli tourists heading from Tel Aviv to the Sun Coast Resort exploded at the Sarafovo Airport of Burgas on Wednesday. 8 people died and over 30 were injured, some remain in grave condition.

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Israeli warships have conducted a live-ammunition exercise for the first time in the Aegean Sea, Yorgo Kırbaki of daily Hürriyet reported today.Two Israeli warships, one a Sa'ar 5 and the other a Sa'ar 4.5, conducted firing exercises with live ammunition south of Hydra island within Greek national waters.

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