IAF drill – Oct 2011
Israel Air Force planes participating in an aviation drill at Decimomannu air base, Italy, Oct. 2011. Photo by Stefano Sitzia
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A majority of Jewish Israelis oppose an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities without U.S. cooperation, a poll released Tuesday by Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University's Evens Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution found.

Furthermore, over 400 Israelis, including two Tel Aviv University law professors, have recently signed an online petition calling on Israel Defense Forces pilots to refuse to obey if ordered to bomb Iran. The petition calls a decision to launch a strike against Iran a "highly mistaken gamble."

Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, saying that Netanyahu was leading a “mistaken, corrupt and cynical move” which was aimed at “meddling in the affairs of the American voter.”

Israel’s Ambassador to Bulgaria Shaul Kamisa asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem why does Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara’s bureau chief Mandi Safdie is presenting himself as Israel's official envoy in charge of dialogue with the Syrian opposition. The question was asked after a press release stating that Kara was invited to Sofia to meet Syrian opposition figures, however he sent his bureau chief in his place.

A panel of Israeli ministers has decided to instruct the army to transfer possession of a Hebron building that Jewish settlers were living in illegally to the city's Jewish community, after first evicting the squatters. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein's believes there may be legal obstacles to the position.

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos estimated Thursday that as many as 2.5 million people were in need of aid in Syria, where President Bashar Assad's forces have been fighting rebels seeking his overthrow for 17 months.

An Islamist militant group operating in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula bordering with Israel warned the Egyptian army on Wednesday that an ongoing military crackdown on jihadists in the area will force it to fight back.

An Air France flight from Paris to the Lebanese capital Beirut was diverted to Cyprus as the Syrian conflict spilled over the border, leading to tensions around Beirut airport, French media reports said Thursday. A spokesperson for the airline said that the flight, carrying 174 passengers was diverted "after the security situation around the airport became complicated."