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  • A smoke trail from a missile Israel test-fired Wednesday is seen from Yavne, Israel. The missile reportedly can carry an atomic warhead and hit Iran, and the launch has increased speculation that Israel is planning a pre-emptive strike. (Associated Press)

    Israeli missile test, air drill heat up talk of attack on Iran

    Israeli defense officials on Wednesday announced the successful test-firing of a new ballistic missile and a recent air force exercise that included refueling for long-range flights, amid growing talk about an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.


  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's agreement on the prisoner swap shifted Israel's focus "on much more troubling fronts - in distant Iran and in the Arab revolutions around us," a journalist wrote. (Associated Press)

    Israeli prisoner swap may be prelude to attack on Iran

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to execute a 1,000-for-1 prisoner exchange this month despite his frequently voiced opposition to such lopsided deals is seen by several Israeli military commentators as an effort to "clear the deck" before possibly undertaking an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.


  • Released Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit (second from right) walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second from left), Defense Minister Ehud Barak (left) and Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz at the Tel Nof Air Base in southern Israel on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Israeli Defense Ministry)

    Israeli prisoner swap may be prelude to attack on Iran

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to execute a 1,000-for-1 prisoner exchange last week despite his frequently voiced opposition to such lopsided deals is seen by several Israeli military commentators as an effort to "clear the deck" before possibly undertaking an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.


  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta places a memorial wreath at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on Monday, during his first trip to Israel as defense secretary. (Associated Press)

    Panetta warns against increasing isolation

    Israel must find a way to resume negotiations with the Palestinians and has a responsibility to try to ease tensions with its neighbors in the region, Israel's defense minister said Monday amid prodding from the United States to return to peace talks.


  • Israeli troops patrol the border between Israel and Syria near the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights early on Monday, June 6, 2011. Israel braced for more border violence after a day of deadly clashes with pro-Palestinian protesters who tried to surge into the Israeli-controlled Golan from Syria. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Syria blocks new protest at Israeli border; toll rises to 23

    Syrian police blocked dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters from approaching the Israeli frontier on Monday. The toll of demonstrators killed trying to break through into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights rose to 23.


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    Barak warns 'tsunami' of sanctions awaits Israel

    Israel faces a "diplomatic tsunami" that could erode its international support and bolster its enemies in the Middle East, the Jewish state's defense minister said this week.


  • Israel's Barak: Must look beyond Mideast risks

    Israel's defense minister said Monday that his country would be ready to talk peace with Syria if Damascus were serious about doing so — a sharp departure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's go-slow approach to peacemaking while the Middle East is in turmoil.


  • Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak plans to form a new parliamentary faction inside the governing coalition. (Associated Press)

    Israel's defense minister quits Labor Party

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly announced Monday that he was leaving the Labor Party — dividing the movement that dominated Israeli politics for decades and setting off a chain reaction that cast new doubts over already troubled peace efforts with the Palestinians.


  • Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak attends a press conference in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 17 2011, where he abruptly announced that he was leaving his Labor Party and forming a new parliamentary faction inside the governing coalition. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Israel's defense minister, Barak, quits Labor Party

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly announced Monday that he was leaving the Labor Party and forming a new parliamentary faction — setting off a chain reaction that cast new doubts over already troubled peace efforts with the Palestinians.


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