Well – there is so much pressing news it is hard to decide which story to expand on…
But of note is the fact that today for five minuets this country came to a halt to remember the five years that the Israeli soldier Gilyad Shalit has been held by Hamas in Gaza.
From the highways to the Knesset: Daily routines throughout the country to stop at 11:00. Thousands blocked highways and junctions in call to free abducted soldier.
Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has long insisted that in any deal to free Shalit that he will not release those who have murdered Israelis to the West Bank.
Lastly, the Chief of Staff for the Israel Defense Forces, did not participate in the five minuets observance.
Second story of note today is that Israeli commandos intercepted a ship bound for Egypt that Israel says is carrying arms for use against Israel by militant groups in the Gaza Strip.
The vessel originated in Turkey, went to Syria, then was boarded today 200 miles off the coast in international waters. There was no resistance from the crew and the vessel was being taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod where a detailed inspection of the cargo would be carried out.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the source of the weapons was Iran.
This is the latest in acquisitions upon the high seas where Israel's Navy has intercepted weaponry it says was bound for Gaza since the year 2000. Israel now routinely boards ships in the open waters in an effort to deter weapons shipment to Gaza.
And lastly, we can not but mention the growing catastrophe in Japan as the levels of radiation increase from their stricken Nuclear reactors.
Israel has now recalled diplomats' families as the radioactive cloud is en route to Tokyo – it's level of radiation – 10 times above normal allowances for human health.
Middle East Correspondent