Ariel Sharon official portrait - April 2001
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Photo by GPO
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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi called on members of the Non-Aligned Movement states continue to support Iran in its attempt to develop a nuclear program and stand behind the Islamic Republic in ongoing negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Haaretz has learned that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed a message to the Lebanese government through a Western diplomat he met in Jerusalem several weeks ago, warning that Israel would strike the Lebanese state if Hezbollah attempted any provocation against Israel.

The Defense Ministry is planning to seal up the Ras Khamis checkpoint, one of the only two exits into Israel for the 65,000 Palestinian residents of the Shoafat refugee camp in northeast Jerusalem.

Rebels shot down a Syrian army helicopter on Monday while it was bombarding the Damascus neighbourhood of Jobar, as heavy fighting broke out between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar Assad in the district, witnesses said.

A Jerusalem magistrate's court remanded three boys suspected of hurling a fire bomb at a Palestinian taxi by 96 additional hours after the police introduced hard evidence linking the boys to the incident.

The State Attorney's Office is likely to announce the closure of the case involving allegations that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon received millions of dollars of bribes a South African businessman.

The Education Ministry and the Eilat municipality have agreed to integrate the children of foreign migrants into city schools, in the wake of harsh criticism from the Supreme Court.

More than 2 million children will return to schools and kindergartens on Monday. Of these, 942,000 will go to elementary schools and 145,000 will begin first grade.