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"While some have wondered what the world might look like if Iran gets nuclear weapons, the reality is that the hundreds of rockets Hamas terrorists fired at Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense have already given us a preview," the article published recently by the Jerusalem Post reads. "Although the ideology of Hamas has its origins in Egypt, the rockets fired at Israeli cities were made in Iran. Given the tremendous suffering caused by Iran, it is time to connect the dots between the regime, terrorism and its pursuit of nuclear weapons. And it is time to take action. Now."

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Russian military enlistment offices to send draft notices to females

 The Russian parliament is preparing a bill to have military enlistment offices send draft notices to all females aged 18, Izvestia reports.The notices will not oblige females to visit the offices, as explained by Tatyana Moskalkova (United Russia Party), deputy head of the parliamentary committee for CIS affairs.Legislators remind about Israeli experience where conscription is obligatory for all genders. 

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"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

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Israelim Party formed in Israel

 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. 

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 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.

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Palestine to boycott Israeli products

 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. 

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Israeli foreign minister resigns

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Friday he was resigning after being charged with fraud and breach of trust, in a move that could have repercussions on the upcoming general election

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Israeli foreign minister suspected of corruption

 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. 

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Israel intends to increase trade turnover with Azerbaijan significantly next year

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.

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