Friday, March 2, 2007

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

"I will be an enemy to your enemies and I will oppose those who oppose you." (Exodus 23:22)

1. US-Israel aid agreement in works - Ynet News

Senior Israeli officials and their American counterparts opened a series of meetings Thursday in a bid to formulate a new economic assistance agreement for the next 10 years.

2. Jerusalem slams Russian decision to supply arms to Syria - Jerusalem Post
Jerusalem aimed harsh criticism at Russia on Friday for its decision to supply to Syria advanced missiles, including anti-aircraft missiles and new anti-tank missiles that endanger Western-made tanks.

3. Ahmadinejad in Sudan: 'Zionists are the true manifestation of Satan' - Ha'aretz

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Sudan late Wednesday that "Zionists are the true manifestation of Satan," state-run IRNA news agency reported.

Israel and Iran's War of Words Could Easily Ignite World War III

Iranian Saturday, March 3, 2007 6:19:00 AM CET More about this article...

In an interview on German television Olmert made a distinction between his nation's own nuclear weapons and Iran's desire for one. "Iran openly, explicitly and publicly threatens to wipe Israel off the map. Can you say this is the same level, when you are aspiring to have nuclear weapons, as.......

4. US, Israel holding talks on renewed aid package - Jerusalem Post; ICEJ

A senior US State Department official told The Jerusalem Post today that the first of several meeting between the US and Israel to negotiate a new aid package for the Jewish State was "extremely useful." The current 10-year aid program expires this year and in light of expanded threats - such as a nuclear Iran, Hizb'Allah's rearmament, and Hamas influence in the PA territories - Israeli officials are seeking to import another decade-long plan. The American official told The Post that the US agrees with Israeli security assessments, but there are not yet any solid dollar figures being discussed. Currently, US economic aid to Israel has already been phased out and military assistance will stand at $2.4 billion at the end of the current program.

5. Iraqi children arrive in Israel for heart surgery - Ynet News; ICEJ

Ynet News ran a story today on three Kurdish children suffering from heart defects that arrived in Israel from Iraq yesterday to undergo heart surgery. Ahmad, 13, Iman, 6, and one-year-old Lizan will be operated on by Israeli cardiologists as part of the humanitarian project 'Save a Child's Heart.' Since the association was founded 12 years ago, more than 1,600 children from 26 different countries, including the Palestinian Authority, have undergone surgery in Israel.