Month: January 2014

Two roadside bombs wound policemen in Cairo
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Two roadside bombs wound policemen in Cairo

Two roadside bombs exploded near a passing patrol car in a Cairo suburb on Friday, slightly wounding one policeman, Agence France-Presse reported the Egyptian interior ministry as saying in a statement.   The attack came as Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohammed Mursi called for protests after the weekly Friday […]

Iraqi army kills 40 ISIS fighters in Fallujah
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Iraqi army kills 40 ISIS fighters in Fallujah

The Iraqi armed forces, working with tribal fighters in Anbar province killed 40 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), destroyed weapons and seized four ISIS headquarters in the city of Fallujah this week.   According to a statement by the Iraqi Defense Ministry, the 39th Brigade […]

Does Netanyahu Want 600,000 Gilad Shalits?
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Does Netanyahu Want 600,000 Gilad Shalits?

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s “clever plan” to abandon 600,000 Jews to their fate under Palestinian Authority rule was not a ploy. He was being serious – and that should worry us all.   On 25 June 2006, Hamas exploded its tunnel from Gaza, and abducted one Gilad Shalit.  In June 2006, […]

Peres: It’s Time for Historic Decisions
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Peres: It’s Time for Historic Decisions

President Shimon Peres said Thursday that the present time period is “the most crucial time since the establishment of the new Middle East in 1948.”   Peres’s comments were made during a meeting with the Quartet Representative to the Middle East, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, which focused on […]

Success for Obama: No New Iran Sanctions
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Success for Obama: No New Iran Sanctions

Several United States senators have decided not to push for new sanctions on Iran following US President Barack Obama’s threat Tuesday to veto any sanctions bill.   The AFP news agency quoted senators who said they will no longer vote for a proposed sanctions bill. The bill would have imposed […]

Egypt rejects U.S. criticism on detained journalists
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Egypt rejects U.S. criticism on detained journalists

Egypt’s foreign ministry has rejected U.S. criticism of the top prosecutor’s decision to refer 20 Al-Jazeera journalists to trial, insisting the country’s judiciary is independent.   Thursday’s comments by the ministry’s spokesman, Badr Abdelattie, came a day after Egypt’s top prosecutor sent the 20 journalists to trial. They are charged […]

Kerry Considers Direct Appeal to Israelis
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Kerry Considers Direct Appeal to Israelis

United States Secretary of State John Kerry may be planning a direct appeal to the Israeli public, journalist Ben Caspit reports, writing for The Post.   Kerry’s staff is reportedly weighing the possibility of a “State of the Nation” style address, in an attempt to whip up Israeli support for […]

Kerry Plan: Arab Capital in East Jerusalem
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Kerry Plan: Arab Capital in East Jerusalem

US Secretary of State John Kerry is about to present a plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) that will call for a phased Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria based on the 1949 lines, with “unprecedented” security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley, writes Thomas Friedman […]

Khamenei Warns U.S.: Show Self-Restraint
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Khamenei Warns U.S.: Show Self-Restraint

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, hit out at the United States on Sunday, suggesting that the Americans “exercise self-restraint.”   The comments were made in response to ones made last week by Secretary of State John Kerry, who said the military option was still on the table if Iran […]