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 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that compensations to families of crew members killed at the Freedom Flotilla, apologies and lift of the Gaza blockade will remain the three conditions Israel will need to fulfill before normalizing ties with Turkey.Erdogan noted that not a single of them will be dropped out.

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Knesset deputy: Israel ready to further develop relations with Azerbaijan

Parliament and the government of Israel is interested in developing cooperation with Azerbaijan and see Azerbaijan as its strategic partner in the South Caucasus, member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) Alex Miller said on Wednesday at a meeting with Azerbaijani journalists, Trend reports.According to him, there are many good opportunities for cooperation between the two countries and simplification of the visa regime between the two countries, as well as the establishment of direct contacts between business people could make an important contribution in this regard.

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Sergey Markov: Obama encouraged improvement of Russian-Georgian relations

Interview by Maria Sidelnikova. Exclusively to Vestnik KavkazaLess than a week is left ahead of the presidential elections in the US. At the moment, none of candidates has a significant advantage. According to the last data by YouGov, Barack Obama is supported by 48% registered American voters, Mitt Romney – 46%.

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Israeli president to become Russian professor

 Israeli President Shimon Peres will become an honorary professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) in Moscow on November 7, awarded by RAS President Yuri Osipov.Promoting Peres to professor has become the first decision of the RAS presidium after the summer break. Only 6 foreign leaders have got such award. 

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Israeli defense ministers says Iran quit nuclear ambitions

 Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Daily Telegraph that Iran quit efforts to build nuclear weapons. Tehran processed over a third of 20%-enriched uranium (about 72 kg) into fuel for the research reactor, delaying the critical moment by 8-10 months.

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Israeli Energy Ministry to invite Azerbaijan for gas extraction

 Victor Baryudin, head of the section for engineering inspection of the Israeli Ministry for Energy and Water Resources, said that they planned to invite Azerbaijani specialists to extract hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean Sea, Trend reports.Israeli territorial waters have about 2800 billion cubic meters of gas reserves. The country plans to export gas to China, Japan and Europe.Israel consumes about 20 billion cubic meters of gas annually. It buys about 40% of the fuel in Azerbaijan. The Israeli government wants to open SOCAR petroleum stations. 

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Hezbollah sends air photos of Israeli base to Iran

 The drone shot down in Israel belonged to the Hezbollah Movement in Iran, as stated by its leader Hasan Nasrallah.The sheikh noted that the drone was launched from Lebanon and passed the most sensitive areas of Israeli defenses. One of the most significant facilities photographed was the Dimona facility with the Israeli nuclear reactor.Ismail Kovsari, deputy head of the commission for national security of the Iranian parliament, said that the Eyub radical group sent the photos made by the drone to Iran.

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Israel may lift visas for Azerbaijan

 Israeli Deputy Minister for Tourism Stas Misezhnikov said that the country may implement a visa-free regime for Azerbaijan to encourage more tourists to visit it, APA reports.Prices for accommodation will drop by 20% for tourists in the next years, the deputy minister adds. He noted that such initiative may also be realized for Russian and Ukrainian tourists. 

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US and Israel say military drills were not warning for Iran

 US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey say that the joint military drills with Israel were not a warning for Iran, ITAR-TASS reports.The drills were annual and were organized within the framework of development of joint defenses. Panetta noted that the US was planning negotiations to persuade Iran to quit the nuclear program.The US and Israel had military drills Austere Challenge 12 on October 21. About 1000 Israeli and 3500 US soldiers were mobilized for exercising. 

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Hurriyet published an article by George Stavris 'Is the new Cyprus-Greece-Israel energy triangle casting a net for Turkey?' "Long-running speculation over massive natural gas reserves in the tumultuous Southeastern Mediterranean and Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) became a reality in December 2011 when official research and scope reports were released," the article reads.  

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The Iranian and Israeli Diasporas in the USA contribute to a continuation of cultural exchange between two countries

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Turkey expects Israel to correct mistakes

 Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Israel should correct its mistakes in order to improve ties with Turkey. The minister noted that restoration of friendly relations should not only be carried out via mass media, but with the help of diplomatic relations as well.

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Iran 'not responding' to cyber attacks

Iranian Deputy Minister for Communications and Technologies Ali Hakim-Javadi said that Iran was being attacked by a set of foreign countries with fake IPs. Iran has made no cyber attacks against other states, including the US and Israel, the deputy minister adds, Trend reports.The US has blamed Iran for attacking financial institutions. The attack was made by a group of 100 Iranian specialists.

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