1. A day after Israel demanded in its talks that Syria sever ties with Iran, Assad dismisses the demand and instead signs a military cooperation MOU with Tehran. Meanwhile, Israeli ministers are backing a bill to block any withdrawal from the Golan Heights.
2. Israeli Defense Minister Barak has called for Prime Minister Olmert to step down immediately and informed the Kadima party that there will be elections of he does not.
3. Israeli site claims that Iran has given Hamas an advanced closed telecommunications network similar to the one it constructed for Hizballah in southern and eastern Lebanon.
4. An Australian Army major writes that Australian soldiers are becoming "ashamed to wear the uniform" due to political leadership policies that refuse to put them in combat.
SYRIA - ISRAEL TALKS
Syria's Assad dismisses Israeli demand on Iran - Reuters
Iran, Syria ink military cooperation agreement - Tehran Times
Sources: Iran may attack Israeli targets abroad over Syria talks - Haaretz
Barak tells Olmert: Quit or face elections - Haaretz
U.S. Businessman Testifies He Gave Olmert $150,000 Over 13 Years - New York Times
61 MKs back bill to block Golan withdrawal - Jerusalem Post
Background: PrincipalAnalysis: Diplomacy or Diversion? - ThreatsWatch