Monday, January 16, 2012


* US feared backlash from Iran over missile defense exercise with Israel The United States, concerned over an Iranian backlash, has canceled a major ballistic missile defense exercise with Israel.
* Fatah Celebrants: Religious War with Jews, Born of Apes & Pigs A top PA cleric claimed at a major Fatah event that Muslims are in a religious war with the Jews, the descendants of "apes and pigs."
* Hamas Calls for More Hacking Against Israel Hamas calls for more hacking against Israelis, says hacking is "a new field of resistance."
* Draft text: EU ministers 'worried' by Israeli actions in Jordan Valley A draft statement for EU foreign ministers next week says Israel's monopolisation of land and water in the occupied West Bank is "worrying" and endangers the two-state solution.
* US military chief to Israel as Iran tension grows The top US military commander is scheduled for talks in Israel this week when the US is concerned that Israel might be preparing to attack Iran over its nuclear program.
* Iran warns Gulf Arabs on oil Iran warned Gulf Arab oil producers against boosting production to offset any potential drop in Tehran's crude exports in the event of an embargo affecting its oil sales.
* Islamist set to be Egypt's new parliament speaker Leading Egyptian political parties will back a senior figure in the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) for the assembly's speaker.
* Iraq Deputy Premier Calls for Prime Minister to Resign Iraqi officials are trading accusations of dictatorship, assassination plots amid political deadlock and a worsening security situation.
* Police: Extreme Right to escalate West Bank violence Israel Police intelligence report also says tensions surrounding Jewish presence in east Jerusalem may boil over in coming year
* UN chief urges end to Israeli 'occupation' Ban Ki-moon says violence against civilians must end, settlement construction works against two-state solution in keynote address in Beirut