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  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CNBC Tuesday that his country averted some of the economic problems that Europe is facing now by acting “early on.”

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    Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.

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    On the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the United Nations General Assembly Israel's just departed UN Ambassador says she believes sanctions designed to slow Iran's nuclear program only have a chance to work if Iran's largest bank, The Central Bank of Iran, is directly targeted by the international financial community.

  • The Israeli-Turkish alliance so abruptly shattered in the past few days may have been born of military necessity, but it was still real.

  • With one action, Turkey now appears to be the defender of the Palestinians in Gaza, usurping the role that Iran has been trying to claim. Israel was trying to keep control of Gaza and will claim they were provoked and attacked first.

  • This company not only should escape Europe’s troubles, it should benefit from them.

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    Israel on Sunday lifted a ban on Apple's popular iPad tablet computer, ending restrictions that had been imposed over concerns the gadget's wireless signal could disrupt other devices.

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    Israel perhaps has more to gain than anyone else from going clean and green. Right now, Israel is almost fully dependent on fossil fuels that pollute the country. Israel still gets its oil from secondary sources, because Arab nations won't sell to Israel directly.

  • As one of the the most difficult economic climates in generations continues, Western countries still dominate the top 10 slots in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report, led by Switzerland and the United States. But in the Middle East, 13 countries continue their upward trend of recent years, with a number of countries measurably improving their competitiveness. In this respect, significant differences between countries persist. In many energy exporting countries, abundant oil

    While America took a big hit during the financial crisis, many Middle Eastern economies grew. Click to see where these countries rank globally and regionally.

  • The Dayton Daily News in a cartoon challenges Vice President Joe Biden to say that three times quickly. It could make for a great spot on U-tube.

  • Having had a son live in Italy for four years some time ago I got very comfortable with the lira. I loved spending a million or two for a cup of coffee. It was an out of mind experience to think in lira type numbers. It looks like there might be a chance to go back to the good old days.

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    You expect antagonisms to some extent with "non allies" but you would hope the allies wouldn't pile on when the administration is embattled like it is.

  • The founding head of the Israeli-Palestinian Chamber of Commerce, a group credited with helping move Palestinian goods into Israel faster, is leaving his post.

  • The business empire of Israel's richest woman has been rattled by a police investigation into her investment group's director

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    Israel has taken the upper hand in the battle to have the world largest vat of hummus.

  • Jerusalem's new mayor Nir Barkat was in New York today to announce a plan to boost tourism five-fold in the next decade.

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    Qualifying rounds - Day Three: A huge rally in Europe and the US changed the leaderboard picture again.  After two days of polling, many of you still see Korea's Kospi in the medal round.

  • As we enter day two of the qualifying rounds, all major indices were down but Australia's ASX has taken the lead, followed by India's Bombay Sensex.  In our poll's early voting, many of you suggested that Israel's T25 might be in contention for a medal despite a rough couple of days.  Here are some stats and stocks from Israel.

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    Oil fell for the fourth consecutive day, pulled lower by growing demand concerns and easing tension between Iran and the West.

  • Iran test fired nine long- and medium-range missiles on Wednesday, state media said, including one which it has said could reach Israel and U.S. bases in the region.