The olive orchards and wheat fields lining the Gaza Strip border with Israel were always sparsely populated, but the area is now a virtual no man's land.
Fearing an Israeli ground invasion of the coastal strip, hundreds of families have fled.Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 3:05am
An Israeli news channel reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak asked the military in 2010 to prepare for an imminent attack on Iran's nuclear programme, but that their efforts were blocked by concerns over whether the military could do so and whether the men had the authority to give such an order.6 Nov 2012 - 3:27am
The Israeli air force has successfully tested an upgraded version of its "Iron Dome" missile defence system, the defence ministry said.
Defence Minister Ehud Barak said in a statement: "Israel has invested an enormous budget to finance the different missile defence systems that should allow us to protect the whole of our territory within a few years."6 Nov 2012 - 3:27am