Israel ‘prepared for 30-day war with Iran’ that would leave 500 Israelis dead

Matan Vilnai told the Maariv newspaper that the fighting would be “on several fronts”, with hundreds of missiles fired at Israeli towns and cities. Israel was prepared, he said, though strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities had to be co-ordinated with the US. Meanwhile, a US blogger has published what he says are Israel’s attack plans. […]

Egyptian Cabinet Quits Over Military Crackdown

(Hannah Allam and Mohannad Sabry)   Egypt’s civilian Cabinet resigned Monday to protest the military’s harsh crackdown on demonstrators as an uprising against the ruling military council swelled into a third day of running battles in downtown Cairo. Analysts openly debated whether the military council could survive the rising tide of protest, which bore striking resemblance […]

Some Gov’t Officials Can Skip Airport Security: One Set of Rules for the Ruling Class; Another Set of Rules for the Masses

WASHINGTON — Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details. Aviation security officials would not name those who can skip the controversial screening, but other officials said those VIPs range from top officials […]