"Security relations and strategic collaboration between the United States and Israel have reached the highest level in the history of ties between the two countries."--Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak hints that an Iran strike without US backing might not be such a wise idea.
- Israel to sign deal to acquire sixth German submarine - The German parliament approved the agreement, including Germany's 135 million euro contribution, a few months ago, following three years of negotiations. (Haaretz)
- New law bans use of underweight models in ads (Ynet)Peres urges Iranians to shake free of 'corrupt regime' - President tapes holiday greeting ahead of Persian New Year, wishing Iranians 'taste of freedom.' (Ynet)
- Hunger-striker examined in hospital - Palestinian female detainee Hana Shalabi (28) transferred to hospital in Kfar Saba out of fear for her life. In hospital, prison authorities decided to transfer her back to prison. (Yedioth, p. 40)
- Israel Prison Service told to provide festive holiday meals for Muslim offender (Haaretz)