48 hours before Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles), Chabad rabbis presented Dep. FM Ayalon with the Four Species.
Widespread criticism is heard of the decision to exchange 20 female terrorists – most of whom tried to murder – for a videotape of Gilad Shalit.
PM Binyamin Netanyahu dismissed the Goldstone report in a meeting with foreign ambassadors. Barak denies he proposed another inquiry.
Fatah and Hamas have found at least one point of agreement: kidnapping IDF soldiers is the best way to free terrorists.
Murder charges are dropped against a US marine, the last of three men to face trial over the killing of Iraqis in Falluja in 2004.
Israel says it will free 20 female Palestinian detainees in return for proof that captured soldier Gilad Shalit is alive.
While the similarities between 2002, when faulty intelligence estimates on Iraq were produced, and 2009 are unmistakable, the differences are profound.
As the United States issues new calls to punish Iran over its nuclear program, it is not clear that Washington’s interests are the same as Beijing’s.