Friday, May 25, 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:

"After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people." (Jeremiah 31:33)

1. 5 rockets fired at western Negev - Ynet News

At least five Qassam rockets were fired at the western Negev on Friday morning. The rockets landed in open areas near the southern town of Sderot and south of Ashkelon.

2. Israel assault on Hamas to continue: PM aides - Ynet News

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has no intention of halting Israel's aerial offensive against Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip despite calls by President Mahmoud Abbas for a ceasefire, Olmert aides said Thursday.

3. Israel arrests dozens of Hamas leaders on West Bank; Hamas vows revenge - Israel Insider

Hamas has threatened revenge for the latest IDF action against the militant group, in which 33 senior Hamas officials were arrested. The arrests come as rockets continue to be fired from Gaza into southern Israel.

4. Barak: I'll win primaries, defeat Netanyahu in elections - Ynet News

"If we act correctly in the next 96 hours we will win the Labor primaries in the first round," former Prime Minister Ehud Barak told hundreds of his supporters in Tel Aviv Thursday evening.

5. Police permit Gay pride parade in Jerusalem - Ynet News; Ha'aretz

The Jerusalem Open House received a letter from Israeli police Thursday, giving the community center preliminary permission to hold the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem, this June. Ultra-Orthodox leaders decided on Thursday afternoon to accept the suggested compromise regarding the gay pride parade, and will apparently not protest in Jerusalem on Friday.

Ultra-Orthodox community sources told Ynet of the specific conditions set by the rabbis for holding the parade: The event will take place in a confined space, and the Open House organization will not be permitted to hold any activities outside the complex. In addition, vehicles arriving at the parade venue will not carry provocative signs. The rabbis also demanded that the Open House organization will not ask to hold another parade or similar event this year; haredi leader Rabbi Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss asked police to release the ultra-Orthodox detained during this week's Jerusalem riots.