Thursday, June 04, 2009


* Obama reaches out to Muslim world President Barack Obama has said the "cycle of suspicion and discord" between the United States and the Muslim world must end.

* 'Gov't shares Obama's wish for Arab-Israeli reconciliation' The Prime Minister's Office responded to US President Barack Obama's address to the Muslim world on Thursday by expressing hope that it would help lead to reconciliation between the Muslim world and Israel.

* Iran marks Ayatollah Khomeini anniversary Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, has strongly criticised the US as Iran marks 20 years since the death of the founder of the Islamic republic.

* 'Muslims see Obama changing policy' Muslims greeted President's Barack Obama's speech from Cairo Thursday as a mark of a changed American attitude toward them.

* Turnout fear as EU election opens Voting for the European Parliament, the EU's most powerful legislative body, is under way, with the Netherlands and the UK the first to go to the polls.

* Far-right wing activists launch anti-Obama campaign Chanting "No, you can't!" and waving signs bearing messages in a similar vein, nearly 200 people held a demonstration outside the US Consulate on the capital's Rehov Agron on Wednesday evening.

* Skeptics Warn of Backlash to ‘Great Expectations' U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech “to the Muslim world” on Thursday did not meet many Arab expectations that he state concrete policies in favor of the Muslim world and against Israel.

* Yesha Council: Obama 'more Hussein than Barak' Settler leaders slam US president's historic Cairo address as 'pandering to Islam'.

* Hezbollah: Islamic world doesn't need sermons from Obama "The Islamic world does not need moral or political sermons. It needs a fundamental change in American policy."

* 60% of Israelis don't trust Obama Even before Barack Obama's historic "reconciliation speech" in Cairo on Thursday.