Eye On The Middle East
Targeting Al Shabab11/05/13
The United States government is continuing to target leaders of an Al Qaida linked terrorist group called Al Shabab, based in the impoverished east African country of Somalia. The group was behind the deadly terrorist siege in September when Al Shabab...
More Palestinians Set Free
Both Israeli and Palestinian diplomatic sources have confirmed media reports that American-sponsored peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders have not been fruitful so far. The talks began four months ago after Secretary of State...
Bridging the Border
Palestinian Authority officials often charge that Israel hampers the transit of Palestinian agricultural and commercial products and goods destined for export abroad. As part of the 1993 Oslo peace accord between the Israeli government headed by...
Angry Saudi Arabia
American and Israeli political leaders were stunned earlier this month when the wealthy Arab oil country of Saudi Arabia turned down a coveted two year seat on the United Nations Security Council. The prestigious New York-based world body has five...
Female Heads Israel Bank
The American Federal Reserve Bank has been headed by males ever since it was founded at the beginning of World War I. However President Barrack Obama has nominated the first female for the post, Janet Yellen, who has served as Vice Chairman of the...
Christians Under Fire
The substantial Christian community in Egypt, mostly comprised of Coptic Orthodox Christians, continues to be the target of frequent attacks from Muslim fundamentalists who want to drive them out of the Arab worlds largest country. Earlier this month,...
New Uprising Looming?
The radical Palestinian Muslim group Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip ever since staging a violent coup against the Palestinian Authority government that was in charge of the coastal zone until 2007, is threatening to unleash another uprising...
Papal Visit to Israel
Although the country of Israel has been in existence for six and a half decades, only three Popes have ever visited the Holy Land. The first papaltour took place in nineteen sixty four, when Pope Paul the sixth visited the Jewish State, which the...
Obama Not Trusted in Middle East
The Obama administration is not trusted by a majority of Israeli Jews along with many Sunni Muslim Arabs who are very unhappy with its policies on Egypt, Syria and Iran. So reveals an opinion survey recently conducted by Tel Aviv University. It found...
IDF on Alert
Forty years ago this month, two of Israels Arab enemies launched a surprise military attack upon the Jewish state backed by the then powerful Soviet Union. The subsequent intense war lasted over two weeks and nearly led to Israels first ever defeat on...
Greek PM Visits Israel
In a clear sign of improving ties between the European Union country of Greece and Israel, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras traveled to Jerusalem during the first half of October for the first ever official visit by a sitting Greek leader to the...
US Aid Cut to Egypt
Ever since the Egyptian military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood-backed President, Muhammad Morsi, from power in early July, diplomatic relations between the United States and Egypt have been seriously strained. Even though the military is closely...
Islamic Sharia law has strict rules regarding relationships between men and women. Many of the rules, such as the requirement for women to wear face coverings while in public, are considered archaic, if not offensive, to much of the non-Muslim world....
Weapons Destruction Begins in Syria
Israeli officials were heartened last week when officials with the United Nations announced that the prolonged process to destroy Syrias large chemical weapons arsenal has begun. The announcement was confirmed on the ground inside Syria by inspectors...
Not Against Diplomacy
Speaking to his cabinet on the 40th anniversary of the surprise military attack by Syria and Egypt upon Israel on the holy day of Yom Kippur in 1973, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the war and its relevance to current events. He stated...
Moving Embassy to Jerusalem?
Soon after the late Likud party leader Menachem Begin was elected Prime Minister in 1977, many countries began to move their foreign embassies in Israel from the capital city, Jerusalem, to Tel Aviv and surrounding areas. The trickle turned into a...
Upsurge in Attacks
Israeli security officials are expressing concerns over a recent uptick in terror attacks against Jews residing on contested land in Judea and Samaria. Until this summer, it had been one of the quietest years in the disputed territories since the...
The state of Israel was created in 1948 primarily to provide a home for Jews living outside of their ancestral homeland. It is therefore quite rare for non-Jews to hold prominent positions in Israeli society, apart from local Arabs who are citizens of...
Beefing Up the Navy
The Israeli navy used to be a third wheel in the countrys powerful military establishment. Most government funding went to the Israeli army and to the air force, widely considered to be one of the finest on earth. However several regional factors have...
Iranian Moves Worry Gulf States
Its not just Israeli leaders who are expressing deep concerns over recent indications that the hardline Iranian regime is seeking a political rapprochement with the United States government. Diplomatic ties were broken in 1979 after a group of Iranian...
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