K.S. Rajan (9 Feb 2012)

Syrian armed forces fire a missile during an exercise on Dec. 4
Photo / Reuters, Handou
Israel's defence establishment has indicated it is prepared to take action should Syria's vast store of unconventional weapons fall into the hands of Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. Syria's massive stockpile of weapons includes surface-to-air missiles, high-trajectory long-range rockets and missiles, and biological and chemical weapons. Israeli intelligence now regards the fall of the Assad regime as inevitable.
On U.S. visit, Israel's Lieberman thanks
Clinton for resolute stand on Iran
Photo / Michael Gross, U.S. State Dept.
On Tuesday, Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with Secretary Clinton, Senators Kerry and McCain, and other Congressional members. In his meeting with Clinton, they spoke about the deteriorating situation in Syria, developments in Egypt and reconfirmed Israel's commitment to the two-state solution.
Palestinian reconciliation deal abandons 'way of peace'
PA President Mahmoud Abbas, left, and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, right, sit on either
side of Qatar's Emit Sheikh Hamad as they sign a unity agreement in Doha on Monday
Photo / Thaer Ghanaim, PPO via Reuters
Israel's PM says it will be impossible to hold peace talks if the Palestinians go through with a new reconciliation deal. He said that Abbas has chosen to "abandon the way of peace" by reaching a power-sharing deal with Hamas. "It is either peace with Hamas or peace with Israel. You can't have them both." stated Netanyahu.
As in the Days of Noah and Lott:
Circuit Court Rules that Proposition 8 Law is Unconstitutional
On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 ruling upheld the decision of a federal judge that California's voter-approved Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, setting off a firestorm and war of words between supporters of traditional marriage and homosexual marriage advocates.
Of course we are disappointed," Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America said. "Californians voted overwhelmingly to affirm marriage between a man and a woman and this is a new judicial low. But given the narrow context of the ruling, we fully expect this will be appealed and will go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court."