The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God. For a thousand years in Your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night." (Psalm 90:2-4)
1. Abbas forms Cabinet free of Hamas - Washington Times
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in an emergency Cabinet free of Hamas members yesterday, prompting an immediate promise that the new government will have the "full support" of the U.S. government.
2. EU to resume direct aid to new PA government in West Bank - Jerusalem Post
The European Union said Monday it would resume direct aid to the new Palestinian Authority government of Prime Minister Salam Fayad and it urged Israel to restore the transfer of tax revenue to his new West Bank administration.
3. Netanyahu: I warned of Hamastan - Ynet News
"I warned this would happen. Before the last elections and my warnings were ignored. I said then that Hamastan would rise into existence and it has done just that," opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu told Ynet on Sunday as he follows the situation in the Palestinian Authority and particularly in Gaza.
4. Looters raid Arafat's home, steal his Nobel Peace Prize - Jerusalem Post
Enraged Fatah leaders on Saturday accused Hamas militiamen of looting the home of former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat in Gaza City.
5. Hizballah Denies Responsibility for Rocket Attacks - CNSNews.com
Israel's northern border was quiet on Monday after militants in Lebanon launched Katyusha rockets at Israel for the first time since Israel's war against Hizballah last summer.