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THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL, ANKARA Issue XXXII. 18.03.2011

Weaponry on “Victoria” is Uncovered On 15 March, IDF Navy fighters intercepted the cargo vessel "Victoria" loaded with various weaponry. The vessel, flying under a Liberian flag, was intercepted some 200 miles west of Israel's coast. This incident was part of the Navy's routine activity to maintain security and prevent arms smuggling, in light of IDF security assessments. The force was met with no resistance from the crew on-board. The vessel is led by the Israeli Navy to an Israeli port for further searches and detailed inspection of the cargo. Click here to read the whole news.

Terror Attack in Itamar At least one terrorist infiltrated the West Bank settlement of Itamar, southeast of Nablus, late Friday n i g ht ( 1 1 March) and stabbed to death Udi (36) and Ruth (35) Fogel, and their children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and 3-month-old Hadas. - FM Liberman instructed the Israeli delegation to the United Nations to file a harsh complaint to the UN secretarygeneral and the president of the Security Council following the terror attack. - PM Netanyahu on the terrorist attack in Itamar: "Not only must the incitement stop but education for peace must begin."

Why is Israel Intercepting?

Find the historical details here.

- President Peres: "This is one of the most difficult and despicable events that we have seen. It indicates a loss of humanity. There is no religion in the world or any faith that allows these kinds of horrible acts."

Pleace click to reach more photos and to watch the video.

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Since 2001, there have been repeated attempts to smuggle weapons under the guise of legitimate commerce, using ships, flags and ports of blameless countries.

Israel Paying Pensions

Israel has started transferring pension payments to Gaza Strip residents who worked in Israel before the blockade was imposed on the strip, COGAT (the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories ), a Defense Ministry unit, said last week. According to the arrangement reached by COGAT, the Interior Ministry and Palestinian Authority, Israel recently deposited a sum of NIS 1.6 million in the Bank of Palestine in Ramallah. Click here for the full news.

Dana International in

Wanted: A Few Good film Makers On the strength of a mature and developed filmmaking industry, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other governmental and non-profit organizations are looking to inspire creativity in filmmakers from around the world. To that end, a new year long international filmmaking workshop and master class is now launching in Jerusalem. Housed in the worldrenowned Sam Spiegel Film & Television School. For the participation details please click here.

Eurovision 2011 Dana International will represent Israel in the 2011 Eurovision song contest, after winning a preliminary singing contest on Tuesday. For the first time in six years, audience members chose the Israeli representative to the Eurovision, instead of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.

The singer won the competition by a landslide with her song "Ding Dong," written by famed musician and composer Tzvika Pik, who had also collaborated with International the last time she took part in the Eurovision competition. Click here to read more.

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