Thursday, November 16, 2006

Middle East in Focus - November 16, 2006

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. Quartet meets in Cairo to jump-start peace process - Ha'aretz
The chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is to arrive in Gaza today to meet with PA Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh for talks over the PA unity government. Sources close to the two leaders said yesterday that the talks were moving ahead. By the weekend Haniyeh may announce his resignation and Abbas would announce the formation of a new cabinet of technocrats led by Mohammed Shabir, the candidate acceptable to both Fatah and Hamas.

2. EU: Palestinian unity gov't must recognize Israel - Jerusalem Post
The European Union will insist that any new Palestinian unity government respects international demands to recognize Israel, renounce violence and commit to new peace talks, a top EU official said Monday.

3. Arabs to lift financial blockade on Palestinians - Ynet News
Top Arab diplomats on Sunday decided to lift the financial blockade on Palestinians in response to a US veto on a UN Security Council draft resolution condemning Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

4. Ahmadinejad: Israel’s destruction near - Ynet News
According to the Iranian media Monday, Iranian President Mahoud Ahmadinejad declared that Israel was destined to ‘disappearance and destruction’ at a council meeting with Iranian ministers.

5. Qassam rocket causes damage in Negev kibbutz - Ynet News
A Qassam rocket was fired from Gaza Monday morning and landed in the area of a Western Negev kibbutz, causing heavy damage to property in the local factory and to some houses. Several people were treated for shock on the scene.