The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
“I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered that there was no one to uphold; therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; and My own fury, it sustained Me.” (Isaiah 63:5)
1. US wants Israel to allow them to arm their enemies - Ha'aretz
U.S. seeks Israeli support for arms sales to Saudis and Gulf states. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will visit Israel next week. During his visit, Gates may attempt to persuade Israel to ease its objections to the sale of advanced weapons systems to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.
2. Zalman Shoval: Dangerous times for Israel - Ynet News
American efforts to placate Arab world may come at Israel's expense For the first time in years the US and Israel are not seeing eye to eye regarding key issues. The battered Administration has been forced to change its policies and to accommodate new ones.
3. U.N., PA Building on Jewish-Owned Land in Jerusalem - WorldNetDaily
Land in Jerusalem owned by a Jewish group and purchased primarily using Jewish donor funds has been used for the illegal construction of dozens of Palestinian apartment buildings, a refugee camp and a United Nations school, WorldNetDaily (WND) has learned. The Jewish-owned lands, estimated to be worth about $38 million, recently were blocked off from Jewish sections of Jerusalem and isolated to Arab neighborhoods by Israel's security fence.
4. Israel Threatened in North, South - IsraelNN.com
Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Tzvika Fogel, in the clearest warning yet of his long-running series of such warnings, says that though Israel chooses to ignore it, war can be expected in Gaza by this summer - and possibly within a month.
5. 'Releasing Terrorists Perpetuates Terrorism' - IsraelNN.com
Meir Indor, chairman of the Almagor terror victims organization, told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday that releasing terrorists in exchange for Israeli hostages simply perpetuates terrorist attacks in Israel.
"Releasing Palestinian prisoners has sealed the fates of many Israeli citizens," said Indor. A clear majority of freed terrorists returned to terrorism. "It can be any one of us. Experience has taught us that releasing terrorists unleashes the next wave of attacks."
6. Vatican delegate to shun Holocaust remembrance service- YNet News
Vatican objects to photograph in Yad Vashem of Pope Pius XII, who served during Holocaust, with caption commenting on pope's dubious response to murder of Jews. Yad Vashem staff: History cannot be changed cause Holy See asks. Foreign Ministry officials: Vatican ambassador's absence will definitely stand out.