K.S. Rajan (17 Nov 2011)
"report by BILL KOENIG"


"The recent escalation and loss of life – as well as the disruption of the southern residents' daily routine – will eventually make it necessary for the army to launch a major offensive in Gaza," IDF Chief Benny Gantz told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday.
Gantz said a terror cell which was recently targeted by Israeli aircraft in Rafah was conducting tests for the development of an advanced rocket-firing system. "The attack on the cell managed to delay the development of Islamic Jihad's rocket-firing system," the army chief said.
Fatah, Hamas agree to establish caretaker
government without Palestinian PM Fayyad

Rival factions to hold elections on unity government in May; Fatah-Hamas dispute posed major obstacle to UN Security Council decision on Palestinian membership.
Iran: Human chain against Israeli strike

Iranian students form 'defensive belt' around uranium conversion facility,
say Tel Aviv will be destroyed in three days in case of attack
Some 1,000 Iranian students created a human chain Tuesday around the Isfahan uranium conversion facility to protest a recent UN report charging that Tehran may be developing nuclear weapons.
The display, which was organized by the Iranian regime, was meant to convince the West that the Iranian people are willing to sacrifice themselves in case of an Israeli strike on the country's nuclear sites.