Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Middle East in Focus

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

"Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads. Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house." (Ezekiel 3:8-9)

1. IDF carries out massive exercise on Golan - Ha'aretz

The Israel Defense Forces this week carried out one of the largest infantry exercises of recent years in the Golan Heights region, training for conflict with Syria and Hezbollah.

2. Labor: New cabinet is the beginning of the end for Olmert - Ha'aretz

Wednesday's cabinet reshuffle merely starts the countdown to the end of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's term, several Labor Party ministers said after the cabinet and Knesset approved the new appointments. And newly appointed Vice Premier Haim Ramon will be the one who leads the process, they said.

3. Mideast peace treaty possible this month, says expert - Daily Star - Egypt

A meeting between the Quartet, the Palestinian Authority, and Israeli leaders will take place in Egypt mid-July, announced EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

4. Report: Israel, Syria fortifying northern border - Jerusalem Post

Both Israel and Syria are conducting reinforcement work on each side of the border in the Golan Heights, Channel 10 reported Monday evening.

5. Hamas calls for Shalit deal as BBC reporter Johnston released - Ha'aretz

A senior aide to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Wednesday the release of BBC reporter Alan Johnston, calling it "a movie" staged by Hamas, who took credit for securing the release.

6. Jordan secretly buying land accessing Temple Mount - World Net Daily

Jordan has been quietly purchasing real estate surrounding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in the hope of gaining more control over the area accessing the holy site, according to Palestinian and Israeli officials.

7. Egypt opposes int'l force on border - Jerusalem Post

Egypt opposes the deployment of a multi-national force along the Philadelphi Corridor, the London based Asharq alawsat newspaper reported Tuesday.