Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Middle East in Focus

The Middle East in Focus

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

"This is what the LORD says: 'I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.'" (Zechariah 8:3)

1. PM's emissaries in secret visit to Abbas - Ha'aretz

Two emissaries of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert paid a secret visit to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Sunday, Haaretz has learned.

2. Olmert remark about Israeli nuclear program spurs calls for resignation, sanctions - Int'l Herald Tribune

Israel's prime minister spent Tuesday trying to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle, after a remark in an interview was interpreted as confirming Israel has nuclear weapons — widely assumed to be true, but never officially admitted by Israel.

3. Syria blasts Israel over building of Golan Heights reservoir - Ha'aretz

Syria has announced its intention to host an Arab conference on water, in light of Israel's construction of a water reservoir in the Golan Heights.

4. World slams Holocaust deniers in Iran - ICEJ News

Even as the United States and the European Union condemned a gathering of Holocaust deniers in Tehran as "an affront to the entire civilized world" and "shocking beyond belief", Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at the meetings' end on Tuesday that, like the USSR, "soon the Zionist regime will disappear."