Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
* Ayalon Challenges PA to a Duel Deputy Foreign Minister challenges PA leadership to a debate ahead of September, as PA condemns successful Israeli info-video.
* PA Uses Archaeology "To Rewrite History of Palestine" PA says archaeology dig in Shechem, which the Bible says was bought by Jacob, will help "writing or rewriting the history of Palestine."
* Ramadan may hold the key to the Arab Spring Most observers of Arab politics are betting that the special practices of Ramadan are likely to stir the pot - but only after dark.
* China, Iran discussing barter system to bypass sanctions Sanctions forbid dealing with Iran in dollar trading; trading services, goods, softer currencies could undermine process.
* Abbas Claims PA "Forced" to UN Statehood Bid PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas claims the entity's UN bid for recognition as a new country was "forced" on it by Israel.
* "Oslo Generation" Joins Army Youths born when Israel signed the Oslo Accords with the PLO are now 18 and joining the army, highly motivated after childhood under terror.
* Biblical Jewish Roots Irrelevant, Says PA Activist The Bible is an "ancient holy book" that is irrelevant in the Palestinian Authority aim for all of Judea and Samaria, a PA activist says.
* Arab Spring let Palestinians ramp up Gaza arms smuggling In the past months, Hamas has acquired improved rockets, ready-made explosive devices, anti-tank missiles and possibly anti-aircraft missiles.
* US Protests Iran’s Anti-Christian "Convert of Die" Verdict Iran upholds a "choose Islam or die" verdict for a Christian pastor.
* Holy Land clerics launch interfaith Earth forum Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in the Holy Land joined forces Monday to launch a multi-faith environmental campaign, citing religious injunctions to protect the Earth across their three faiths.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
* Israel: Support waning for Palestinian state bid Israel's deputy foreign minister says he believes international support for recognizing an independent Palestinian state at the U.N. this fall is waning.
* European FMs call on Israel, Palestinians to restart talks In what may be seen as signal to PA that EU not pleased with UN bid, ministers issue statement calling on both sides to resume negotiations.
* Social media game aims to end extremism A social media game with Arab super heroes at its heart has been launched on Facebook.
* Iranian troops attack Kurdish PJAK rebel bases in Iraq Iranian forces have inflicted a "heavy and historic defeat" on Kurdish rebels based in Iraq, army officials say.
* David Petraeus hands over Afghanistan command General David Petraeus, US commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan, has handed responsibility for the military campaign there to his successor, General John Allen.
* Gold Tops $1,600 an Ounce as Debt Fears Simmer Gold prices rallied to record highs above $1,600 an ounce in Europe on Monday, as investors spooked by the euro zone debt crisis and the threat of a US default bought into the metal as a haven from risk.
* Syrian Troops at Three Borders to Stop Defections The troubled Assad regime has deployed soldiers on three borders – Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey – to try to stop more defections from the army as the opposition plans civil disobedience, the first calculated action beyond protests.
* Germany to finance submarine for Israel Angela Merkel's government allocates funds to subsidize Israel's purchase of German-made submarine; Submarine is Israel's third to be subsidized by Germany.
* IDF officer: Yeshiva in West Bank settlement harbors "Jewish terror" and must be shut down GOC Central Command Avi Mizrahi says Yitzhar yeshiva leaders’ views not consistent with democracy.
* Syrian exiles vote for transitional government SYRIAN opposition leaders have taken the first step to forming a transitional government in the hope of securing formal Western backing against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
* Quartet Tries Resurrection of the Dead The Quartet is meeting in Washington to look for a way to resurrect the long-dead "peace process," which already has been buried by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
* Putin sent to Russia by God: Kremlin aide Vladimir Putin was sent to Russia by God to help it deal with its troubles in the early post-Soviet era, the Kremlin's top political adviser was quoted as saying on Friday.
* "If we didn't have Beck, we'd invent someone similar" Danny Dannon welcomes conservative pundit in address to Knesset committee, says threats don't prevent Israeli public from living normally.
* Tourism to Israel Set to Break Records According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 262,000 visitors entered Israel in June 2011 a record for the month of June with 1% more than June 2010 and 25% more than June 2009.
* Libyan diplomats visited Israel to "change their country's image" MK Sheetrit says that the two came to Israel to promote business plans; Interior Ministry denies having authorized visas for the two, who are allied with Gadhafi.
* Syria: Assad supporters attack US and French embassies Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have attacked the US and French embassies in Damascus.
* Pakistan: US aid cut will not harm fight against terror Pakistan's army spokesman has said a cut in US military aid will not affect its ability to combat terror groups.
* Arctic shipping routes unlikely to be "Suez of the north" The North Sea route has become freer of ice, but the navigation season is still just two-four months
* Eurozone ministers meet to discuss debt concerns Eurozone finance ministers are due to meet to discuss the continuing debt woes of some member states, with fears growing over Italy's situation.
* Israel-Lebanon sea border dispute looms over gas fields A maritime border dispute is looming between Israel and Lebanon that could set off a new conflict over lucrative energy reserves.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Friday, July 08, 2011
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Monday, July 04, 2011
* Iran Ridicules July 4th: America is Not Independent Iran "celebrates" Independence Day in the United States by saying the US has lost independence to foreign creditors and, of course, Israel.
* Founders cited "pursuit of happiness" not "guarantee of happiness" The second sentence of the Declaration of Independence contains the most beautiful song of human liberation ever composed.
* Petraeus: Afghan fight slowly shifting to east The outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan says the focus of the war will shift in upcoming months from Taliban strongholds in the south to the nation's porous eastern border with Pakistan.
* Quartet to Meet Next Week on PA Statehood Bid Representatives from the nations usually most involved in trying to keep the Middle East from periodically blowing up plan to meet next week in Washington DC.
* African Union Slams Gaddafi's Arrest Warrant The African Union has called on member states to disregard the arrest warrant issued against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi by the International Criminal Court.
* Israeli, Palestinian security forces take precautions to avoid September violence Both sides say region is headed into uncharted waters if Palestinians follow through on pledge to turn to the United Nations.
* Russia gains edge in space race as US shuttle bows out As the United States winds down its shuttle programme in a symbolic twist in a long-running space rivalry, Russia will gain complete control of access to the International Space Station.
* Nabil Al-Araby, 75, is New Head of Arab League The man who helped unseat former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and subsequently served as foreign minister has now become the new point man for the Arab world.
* Greeks stop another Gaza-bound ship Greece to the rescue, again: Canadian vessel leaves Crete towards Gaza, quickly stopped by Greek Coast Guard. Activists upset, say Greece has no right to enforce blockade imposed on Gaza Strip
* Cyber attack can 'collapse states,' Knesset committee warns MK Sheetrit: No military can come to the rescue of a cyber attack; official says such attacks are no longer science fiction.