The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever." (Genesis 13:14-15)
1. Israel: 3,500 Years Old, 59 Years Young - Arutz Sheva
Jews and others around the world are celebrating the 59th birthday of the re-birth of the Jewish State. The faith and fears that faced the Jews in their 3,500-year history remain today.
2. Olmert Stresses 'Concessions' for Peace - AP
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert marked Israel's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers Monday with a new call for peace with the Palestinians, saying his country was prepared to make "far-reaching compromises" and "very painful concessions."
3. Army chief: We shall not back down if war is forced on us - Ynet News
Israelis across the country stood for a minute of silence at 8 pm Sunday, when the siren marking the opening of Memorial Day was sounded.
4. Hamas fires rockets at Israel - Ynet News
Palestinian gunmen in the northern Gaza Strip fired rockets and mortar shells at Israel on Tuesday morning, security officials said.
5. Hizbullah leader declares: We get our orders from Teheran - Worthy News
In a 15 April interview with the Iranian Arabic language TV station 'al Qawthar', Hizbullah Deputy Secretary- General Naim Kassem, told the interviewer that suicide bombings, terrorist attacks and even artillery barrages against Israeli civilians all receive prior approval from the Ayatollah's in Teheran.