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Israel has approved a construction plan to build 1,500 housing units in annexed East Jerusalem, prompting the Palestinians to warn they would seek a UN Security Council meeting on the issue Al JAzeera reported.

Efrat Orbach, Israel's interior ministry spokeswoman, said on Monday that the ministry's planning committee had given developers the go-ahead but told applicants to trim their request to build 1,600 new housing units at Ramat Shlomo to 1,500 and resubmit it "for final approval".


Iran's Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that the real winner of the bloodshed in Syria is Israel who sits in a corner watching the Syrian people being killed by terrorists, Fars News Agency reported on Dec 18.

Vahidi said Syria is the resistance frontier against Zionists and Israel is now quietly eyeing the clashes in Syria.

The internal war between Bashar Assad government and opposition rebels has been on-going since January 2011, leaving over 30, 000 dead. Iran and Russia are the Syrian government's major allies.


Thousands of Palestinians have attended a rare Hamas rally in the city of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank celebrating the 25th anniversary of the group's founding and its recent "victory" over Israel in Gaza, Aljazeera reported.

"Our message is that Hamas is here, on the ground and in the heart of our people"

- Hosni al-Burini, Hamas MP

The rally is the first time that the West Bank's ruling Palestinian Authority (PA), which is dominated by Hamas rival Fatah, has allowed such a gathering since 2007.


If Israel does not stop settlement activities in the West Bank, Palestine will have to resort to other more serious measures, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said at a joint press conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, the TRT Haber channel said on Tuesday.

He said after receiving the status of an observer in the UN Security Council, Palestine can appeal to all international organizations for recognition of its rights and for the cessation of Israel's settlement activities.


Israeli forces detained a mid-level Fatah official in the West Bank at dawn on Monday, among 11 Palestinians seized overnight Maan reported.

Ahmad abdul-Karim ad-Dik, 43, who is a member of the Fatah leadership in Salfit, was detained from his home in Kafr al-Dik, his brother Faris told Ma'an.

Faris, who heads the Salfit branch of the PA ministry of sport, said intelligence officers also called him instructing him to turn himself or become a fugitive. He blamed Israel for starting a new campaign against Fatah supporters.


Israel should reverse its decision to build 3,000 new homes in the West Bank, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday, dpa reported.


The visit of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to Georgia has been indefinitely postponed, the Israeli Ambassador to Tbilisi Yuval Fuchs said at a press conference on Monday.

Fuchs did not give reasons for the postponement of the visit. According to him, at this time he could not say when Lieberman will visit Georgia.

The visit of Israeli Foreign Minister was planned before the end of this year.

Georgian experts say the visit postponement is due to Georgia's vote in favor of the UN resolution on granting Palestine the status of an observer at the organization.


Israeli aircrafts have resumed bombardment of Gaza City this morning, Itar-Tass news agency reported.

According to the witnesses, the sky of black smoke appeared over the place where the missile landed.

This bombardment followed new shelling of Israeli territory this night. The rockets landed near Ofakim settlement, according to the victims and destructions.

The latest airstrike increased the death toll of Palestinians since Israel began its military offensive in Gaza on Wednesday to 107, according to medical sources.


Lebanese military experts on Monday dismantled two Katyusha rockets that were equipped with timers and ready to fire at Israel, a senior Lebanese security official said Today`s Zaman reported.

The official said the rockets found near the south Lebanon village of Halta were set up about four kilometers (2.5 miles) away from the Lebanon-Israel border. The weapons were rigged with timers and likely would have been launched had the army not intervened, he said. He did not say when the rockets were meant to be fired.


Israel bombed dozens more targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and said that, while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire.

Egypt said a deal for a truce could be close, though by late evening there was no end to six days of heavy missile exchanges as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed his next steps with his inner circle of senior ministers.<з>