Two Palestinians were killed Wednesday in an Israeli military attack in northern Gaza, Palestinian hospital and security officials said. The Israel Defense Forces said ground forces hit militants who had launched three rockets from the Gaza town of Beit Hanun. Security officials from the Islamic Hamas, which rules Gaza, also said the target was a militant rocket squad. ++++ US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma is in jeopardy and described a narrow window of opportunity available to push Israel and the Palestinians toward peace. ++++ The de facto Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday announced the discovery of what they described as "the most dangerous network of collaborators in the Gaza Strip." ++++ Erneut wird von einem durch marodierende IDF-Milizen verletzten Kind vermeldet. In Kafr ad Dik. ++++ Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is calling for the creation of a negotiations administration to handle ongoing work on core issues after the Annapolis summit scheduled for November. ++++ AP: Israeli, Palestinian negotiating teams meet, no agreements announced ++++ Steinmeier: November Deadline für verschärfte Sanktionen gegen den Iran ++++ Robert Gates [Verteidigung-USA] benötigt mehr CIA-Daten vor einem Angriff auf die PKK [echt jetzt! Hat er gesagt! Vielleicht meint er das die PKK eine bislang unbekannte Terrorgruppierung ist.] ++++ 6 Qassam-Raketen auf israelisches Territoiurm am Abend.
Amira Hass: The Shin Bet is refusing to allow a 21-year-old Rafiah man who is sick with cancer and in need of immediate medical care to come to Israel, even though he obtained permission from the Israeli Defense Forces' Coordination and Liaison Administration.
Amira Hass, "Some Assination Plot": A dense row of policemen from the Palestinian Presidential Guard is deployed in the streets of Ramallah whenever the entourage of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) passes through, or whenever a high-ranking guest visits him. Judging by the dramatic manner in which the Israeli media dealt two days ago with the "assassination attempt" against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, one might have concluded that the plotters were pulled from among the ranks of the Presidential Guard at the last moment, when they were just about to shoot at Olmert's car when he was on his way to taste the cooking of Saeb Erekat's wife. The dramatic Israeli reports confused the Palestinian spokesmen. Each one gave a different version, which only reinforced the impression that this was a roundup of the usual suspects. For their part, the spokesmen immediately suspected that the Israeli drama was intended to sink the Annapolis summit. As though otherwise it was destined to be a success story.
Meir Avedanfar, "Another victory for Messianics": While the world catches its breath after the sudden resignation of Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, questions are being asked about the background and beliefs of his successor, Saeed Jalili. The answers, it turns out, are troubling. Until today, not much has been known about the 41 year-old gray-haired official. He has a Ph.D from Imam Sadegh University in Teheran. As a soldier during the Iraq-Iran war, he apparently survived a chemical attack by Saddam Hussein's forces.
Bank Hapoalim ordered to postpone break with Gaza - Bank of Israel orders Hapoalim to hold off on implementing decision, pending PMO finding a solution to Strip's imminent cash flew problem