Tuesday, April 3, 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:

“He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” (Psalm 103:7–8)

1. IDF, government preparing for possible Syrian strike on Golan Heights - Ha'aretz

Israel's political and military leadership has been preparing in recent weeks for the possibility of a Syrian attack on the Golan Heights that will start as a result of a "miscalculation" on the part of the Syrians, who may assume that Israel intends to attack them.

2. 'Israel should leave 'Arab' territory' - Jerusalem Post

Israel should withdraw from Arab territory and allow the creation of a Palestinian state before Arabs recognize it, a Saudi official said Monday - the first Saudi statement on the issue since Prime Minister Ehud Olmert publicly invited Arab leaders to discuss their ideas for peace with him.

3. Maj. Gen. Yadlin: Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas expect the United States to attack Iran (Israel this summer) - DEBKAfile

In Yadlin’s view, a proliferation of players and the many imponderables could ignite a conflict, which none of the parties wants – as happened in the Six Day War of 1967.

4. Olmert invites Arab leaders to Israel - Ynet News

Prime minister invites Arab leaders to meet with Israeli officials, declares Israel will attend Arab summit if invited.

5. Hamas to world: Give us your money, or else - Israel Insider

Hamas issued a vague threat Friday to change its tactics if the international community does not start sending money within the next few months.

6. "Renew animal sacrifices on Mount" says rabbi - YNet News

Member of Sanhedrin says sacrifices 'were not possible when the people of Israel were in the Diaspora, but now they are.' Adds: Jerusalem Temple should be rebuilt, Israeli government standing in our way. Asked if his organization sought to rebuild the third Temple, Stein's answer was unequivocal. "We want to establish the Temple again. Unfortunately, standing in our way is a hostile regime, the Israeli government, and rabbis who for political interest don't want this to happen."