Israel Daily News Stream 04/19/2012

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Iranian Atomic Urgency

Congressman Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, pens a platitude plugging Prime Minister Netanyahu in Time’s 100 Most Influential People.

CNN‘s Erin Burnett discusses Israel and the Iranian nuclear talks with NY Times reporter David Sanger.

India successfully tested a nuclear-capable Agni-V missile that can reach Beijing and Eastern Europe. And Iran, come to think of it. More at Reuters.

Iran steals $17 billion in Iraqi oil annually

Arab Spring Winter

UN monitors in Syria got off to a great start: The army fired on demonstrators surrounding the monitors’ cars in Damascus. The monitors? They fled. AP coverage.

The Wall St. Journal talked to Syrian army defectors now in the Jordanian border town of Ramtha. Why aren’t more soldiers defecting?

This month several Gulf nations pledged to fund a pool of up to $40 million to pay defectors’ salaries and encourage them to turn their guns on the regime. But refugees say the fund—which hasn’t yet begun funding defectors—will have little chance of encouraging mass defections unless the international community can help secure the families of defected soldiers, police and security forces.

Obama searches for a Plan B in Syria.

CNN: Turkish officials board ship suspected of carrying Iranian arms to Syria.

Rest O’ the Roundup

 Israel’s former Chief Rabbi, Yisrael Meir Lau, was slated to participate in a panel discussion on the Doha Debates. But the debate was cancelled. Israel HaYom explains the unfortunate — but not unexpected reason — why:

The Doha Debates, which have been broadcast on BBC World News since 2005 and have a potential viewership of more than 350 million people, had already secured a Christian representative to speak alongside Rabbi Lau, but no Muslim cleric would agree to join them.

They are always talking about dialogue and [peace] partners, but apparently they don’t really mean it,” Lau told Israel Hayom on Wednesday. “We reach our hand out and they leave us hanging.”

YNet: Israel’s considering sending 14 police officers to South Sudan to assist the UN.

Israel’s final decision is being delayed due to the war that broke out between Sudan and South Sudan recently.

Foreign Ministry officials said Israel would not send the officers if there is any chance that their lives would be in danger.

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