Saturday, November 18, 2006

Daily Brief - November 17, 2006

The Middle East in Focus

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

“I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.” (2 Samuel 22:4)

1. Haniyeh: Israel showing it doesn’t want peace - Ynet News

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that the European peace initiative contained “Good points” that should be studied further. Israel’s rejection of the proposal, he said, “Is proof that Israel doesn’t want any form of stability or quiet in the region.”

2. Israel developing anti-militant "bionic hornet" - Reuters

Israel is using nanotechnology to try to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase, photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday.

3. Hamas leader: Iran gave gov't $120 million in aid - Jerusalem Post

Iran has given the Hamas-led Palestinian government more than $120 million this year, a Hamas leader said Thursday, and the Iranian government promised to sending money to the administration amid a Western financial embargo.

4. U.S. says it has removed 50,000 unexploded bombs in Lebanon - Ha'aretz

The United States has helped remove more than 50,000 unexploded bombs in southern Lebanon since the end of the war last August with Israel, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

5. EU to send troops to Gaza - Ynet News

The European Parliament passed on Thursday a proposal to send a multi-national force to Gaza designed to pressure Israel to "stop all its military operations" in the region.