Thursday, March 8, 2007

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:

"These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

1. America Urged to Stop Funding the Palestinians - (

Recent reports that the United States is sending financial aid to a Hamas-controlled university raised eyebrows in Washington; but Americans need to know that Hamas is not the only source of hate ideology in the Palestinian Authority, said a group that monitors Palestinian media.

2. King Abdullah Discusses Arab Peace Plan With US Leaders - (

King Abdullah II of Jordan, in a meeting with President Bush on Tuesday, urged the U.S. government to take a "leadership role" in the creation of an independent Palestinian state, the Jordanian Embassy said.

3. Islam Could Become Europe's Dominant Religion, Experts Say - (

As the Anglican Communion continues to fight over homosexuality and as church attendance plummets, experts say that Islam is well on its way to becoming the most dominant religion in Europe.

4. Netanyahu to propose Iran sanctions law – The Jerusalem Post

Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu said last week that he was tackling Iran's nuclear program head-on with a new law to strengthen economic sanctions on the Islamic country. Netanyahu, who was speaking at a press conference, will be traveling the United States this week to help promote a similar law that has been proposed there.

5. IAF gets next-generation UAVs for Lebanon, Gaza ops – The Jerusalem Post

In the face of Hizbullah's efforts to rebuild its military infrastructure and Syria's heightened alert along the border with Israel, the IAF has inaugurated a next- generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which officers said "opened a new world" for Israeli military capabilities.

6. 'Monetary crisis threatens PA existence' – Associated Press

The Palestinian Authority faces a fiscal crisis that could threaten its existence, in large part because it keeps expanding the public payroll despite sharply reduced revenues, the World Bank said in a report. The World Bank said donors must keep aid levels high, to sustain the Palestinian economy in the short term.