Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Middle East in Focus

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

"O LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death, that I may declare Your praises in the gates of the Daughter of Zion and there rejoice in Your salvation." (Psalm 9:13,14)

1. Iran and Saudi Arabia mediating in Lebanon crisis - Int'l Herald Tribune

Prince Saud Al Faisal said that Iran had approached his country to "cooperate in averting strife between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq and Lebanon".
In an unusual collaboration that could complicate American policy in the region, Iran and Saudi Arabia have been mediating an agreement to end Lebanon's violent political crisis.

2. Bush Says Invading Iran 'Not the Plan' - ABC News

President Bush believes he might have been misunderstood when he started speaking about the need to go after Iran for its involvement in aiding the insurgency in Iraq.

3. US strike group transits Suez Canal - Jerusalem Post

A US Navy strike group led by the assault ship USS Bataan steamed through the Suez Canal on Tuesday on its way to join the buildup of American forces in the Middle East.

4. How the 'axis' seeks the killer missile - Washington Times

North Korea and Iran are cooperating in developing long-range missiles, the deputy director of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency said yesterday.

5. Hamas, Fatah agree to Gaza ceasefire - Ynet News

Rival Palestinian factions struck a deal for a ceasefire in Gaza early Tuesday morning, aiming to end to the fiercest internal fighting since the Hamas' election victory a year ago, in which at least 30 Palestinians have been killed.