Mid-East Conflict

The unrest in the Middle-East focuses on the civil struggle between the government of Israel and its Palestinian people who want to establish a separate Palestinian state. Most of the Arab and/or Islamic nations in the area are also involved. The United States, the U.N., the European Union, and even Russia are all trying to broker peace in the region.

The current wave of violence could die out and become one of many such cycles in the area, or it could lead to more serious war. The outcome of this war could be a most welcome peace agreement.

Such a peace agreement might be just another phase in the age-old struggle between these nations, or it could be the false peace mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (NIV)

When Israel finally is at peace, it will be the first time since they became a nation in 1948 that they have enjoyed such security. This could cause them to lower their guard, which would set the scene for yet another war, such as the one predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. (Many good Bible teachers think that war is more likely at the end of the Tribulation, but it does not correspond exactly to the Battle of Armageddon.) If it does come before the Tribulation, it will most likely correspond to the 2nd Seal of Revelation 6.

The dramatic end of this great war of the 2nd Seal could produce the treaty predicted in Daniel 9:27, which many prophecy scholars identify as the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period.

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White House set for Obama-Netanyahu-Abbas summit. Israel downbeat
May 30, 2011 - Trying to bring about a significant step toward a peace agreement before the September deadline, when the Palestinians plan to ask the U.N. to recognize them as an independent state, President Obama is promoting an early summit between himself, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Observers of the process note that Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister to offer to leave some of their recent settlements as part of the process of establishing a Palestinian state. In President Obama's speech these were called "mutual swaps of land."

These swaps need not entail the evacuation of large populations or numerous settlements but rather create Israeli and Palestinian pockets that would remain in situ in each other's territories under the "sovereign symbols" of the opposite party, Israeli or Palestinian.
Some analysts speculate that some of these "pockets" could be in Jerusalem, so that it could in essence be shared, but neither side would have to give up its sovereign rights in the city.

The President also asked for two concessions that Israelis feel they can not accept: That Israel would have no military presence outside of the new borders, and that part of the land swap would come from Israel's pre-1967 sovereign land.

Source: DEBKAfile
Abbas: No hope for peace talks, only option is UN recognition of statehood - Haaretz
Arab League backs Palestinian statehood bid - Yahoo

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G8 leaders omit mention of 1967 borders in Middle East statement

May 27, 2011 - At the G8 Summit, a communique was issued calling for the immediate resumption of peace talks. However, the statement does not mention 1967, the year Israel seized the West Bank and Gaza from Jordan and Egypt during the Six-Day War because Canada objected to including that restriction.
Canada's right-leaning Conservative government has adopted a staunchly pro-Israel position in international negotiations since coming to power in 2006, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying Canada will back Israel whatever the cost.
Source: Haaretz
Abbas to push Palestinian unity government to accept Quartet demands - Haaretz


Israeli Prime Minister Gets 29 Standing Ovations in Congress, Sends Message to White House

May 25, 2011 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to joint chambers of Congress, in a setting similar to the President's State of the Union address. He was interrupted by applause more than 20 times. standing ovations. He said, “Israel will not return to the indefensible boundaries of 1967.” In fairness, he did point out that President Obama had said that a peace agreement should be “based on 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps."
Source: ABC
Abbas: Netanyahu's vision for peace is nothing we can build on - Haaretz

Netanyahu Rejects Obama Statehood Demand After Oval Office Meeting
May 21, 2011 - After meeting with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the media that he had told the president Israel can not go back to the indefensible borders that existed before the 1967 war.
Sitting beside Obama following a private Oval Office meeting, the visiting prime minister said Friday that he values the president's efforts ... But he said the president's call for Israel to pull back to the borders that existed before the Six-Day War is not tenable.
Source: Fox
Obama seeks to calm Israel row over 1967 'border' - BBC

Netanyahu Heads to White House After Obama Shift on Palestinian Statehood
May 20, 2011 -
Obama, in a sweeping address tackling the uprisings in the Middle East and the stalled peace process, stunned Washington and Jerusalem Thursday by endorsing Palestinians' demand for their own state based on the pre-1967 borders.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is en route to a meeting with President Obama. His office released a statement that Israel appreciates President Obama's commitment to peace, but withdrawal to the 1967 borders would make it impossible for Israel to protect its nation, and he needs President Obama to reaffirm the U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, including the concept that Israel would not be required to withdraw to the 1967 lines.

President Obama's speech did include some statements that bolster Israel's position. He claimed that the United States' commitment to Israeli security is "unshakable." He also said that Israel's right to defend itself will remain paramount. He said that the recent agreement between Fatah and Hamas was a problem because the U.S. considers Hamas a terrorist organization. He publicly disagreed with recent Palestinian plans to ask the U.N. to recognize them as an independent state if the peace process has not succeeded at that time.

In his speech the President also said that the "future of Jerusalem" and the fate of Palestinian refugees remains to be worked out.

Source: Fox
Full Text and Video of Obama Speech on Israel - Israel National News
Full Text: Official Response From Netanyahu to Obama’s Israel, Palestine 1967 Border Remarks - Fox Insider
PM slams Obama call for ‘Palestine’ based on ’67 lines - Jerusalem Post
Netanyahu says 'No' to 1967 borders - YNet News

Obama's draft speech to urge '67 borders, negate PA's state bid
May 17, 2011 - When President Barack Obama delivers his next speech on Thursday he is expected to urge Israel to return to the 1967 lines and discourage the Palestinian Authority's plans for a unilateral declaration of statehood in September.
Obama will call on Jerusalem and Ramallah to reignite the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, saying it is the only way to achieve viable peace.
He is planning to demand that the Palestinian Authority abandon terror and recognize Israel as the Jewish state. It is thought that he will also say that Israel must cease any settlement expansion in the West Bank.
Source: YNet News
Netanyahu: Conflict is about 1948, not 1967 - YNet News
Netanyahu: Israel willing to 'cede parts of our homeland' for true peace - Haaretz

Netanyahu Vows to Defend Israel's Borders After Troops Clash With Protesters
May 16, 2011 - Arab protesters observed their annual day called Nakba ("catastrophe"), mourning the birth of Israel. This year Facebook was used to mobilize thousands of them to march on Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday. At least 15 people were killed in the border crossings.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu... ordered the military to act with "maximum restraint" but vowed a tough response to further provocations.

"Nobody should be mistaken. We are determined to defend our borders and sovereignty," he declared.

Source: Fox
Hamas and Fatah begin talks on new Palestinian unity government - Haaretz

Third Intifada Launched in Tahrir Square While US Peace Envoy Quits
May 14, 2011 - Yesterday (May 13) Cairo's iconic square was packed with thousands rallying in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza to revive popular support for their cause and encourage Palestinians to take to the streets and start their "third intifada."
As a matter of fact the call for a third intifada has been resonating inside Israel itself and specifically from the Israeli Knesset as Hanin Zoabi, a member of the Knesset representing the Balad party called for a third intifada against Israel.
Source: Salem-News
Obama names Mitchell deputy as new Middle East envoy - Jerusalem Post
Remarks by National Security Advisor Donilon on Middle East - US Embassy
Why George Mitchell Failed - Jerusalem Post
Obama names Mitchell deputy (David Hale) as new Middle East envoy - Jerusalem Post

Hamas accepts 1967 borders, but will never recognize Israel, top official says

May 12, 2011 - During talks about how to implement a reconciliation agreement signed by Hamas and Fatah last week, Mahmoud Zahar, one of Hamas' top officials, said that Hamas would be willing to accept a Palestinian state within 1967 borders. However, he said that they would never recognize Israel because it would deprive future Palestinian generations of the possibility to 'liberate' their lands.
Palestinian leaders plan to ask the United Nations General Assembly in September to recognize a Palestinian state in all the lands Israel occupied in 1967.
They also threaten to declare a Palestinian state unilaterally if they do not reach a negotiated settlement.
Source: Haaretz

Netanyahu: Hamas-Fatah unity pact is a victory for terrorism

May 4, 2011 - Meeting in Egypt, a reconciliation pact was adopted between the Hamas and Fatah Palestinian factions. The agreement ends four years of strife between them, but it is not a welcome development from Israel's perspective. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained:
"What happened today in Cairo is a tremendous blow to peace and a great victory for terrorism," he told reporters during a visit to London.
Netanyahu said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas must choose between peace with Israel or peace with Hamas, who "aspires to destroy Israel."
Source:Haaretz
Third Palestinian Intifada: All Arabs to March on Israel on May 15th - Intifada
Netanyahu: Israel won't negotiate with Palestinian version of al-Qaida - Haaretz

US, UK condemn Hamas for mourning death of Osama bin Laden

May 5, 2011 - US State Department spokesman Mark Toner complained that Hamas's reference to Osama bin Laden as a "holy warrior" is "outrageous."
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Monday condemned the killing of bin Laden, whom he hailed as a Muslim mujahed [warrior] and Arab human being. He also told reporters in Gaza City that the killing of bin Laden came in the context of the United States’ policy of killing and repression.
Source:Jerusalem Post

Poll: More than half of Egyptians want to cancel peace treaty with Israel

April 27, 2011 - A recent Pew Research poll revealed that only 36 percent of Egyptians are in favor of maintaining the existing peace treaty with Israel, while 54 percent who would like to see it scrapped.

People responding to the poll showed overwhelming approval of the Egyptian army, which is in the control of the country until new government officials can be properly elected.

The conservative Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and the largely secular April 6 movement - two groups closely involved in the uprising, had the highest approval ratings in society, with over 70 percent seeing them in a very or somewhat favorable light.
Source: Haaretz

UN urges bold steps to relaunch Mideast peace talks

April 22, 2011 - UN political chief Lynn Pascoe and ambassadors of key Security Council countries issued a statement that urgent action must be taken to break the peace deadlock between Israel and the Palestinians before the September deadline. Otherwise Palestinians have indicated that they may seek UN backing for a Palestinian state.
Peace talks opened last September with the aim of an accord in one year but quickly broke down after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a partial freeze on Jewish settlement building in the occupied West Bank.
Source: Haaretz

Palestinian UN diplomat: Palestinians prefer peace treaty with Israel by September

Apr. 19, 2011 - Palestinians say they would prefer a peace treaty with Israel by September, but if that does not happen they will bring strong support and arguments to the UN Security Council in hopes that it will recommend admission of Palestine as a new member of the United Nations.
That would require convincing the United States not to veto a resolution supporting membership for an independent Palestinian state, which won't be easy.
But Riyad Mansour, the top Palestinian diplomat, claims that there are other ways they could achieve their goal through the UN.
Source: Haaretz
US rejects Palestinian bid to seek UN approval for state - Jerusalem Post

Israel hikes defense budget for secret project as war looms

Apr. 15, 2011 - Due to the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Israel's Parliament has asked for additional funds for classified military purposes, presumably for building additional "Iron Dome" missile defense batteries.
"The [$75 million - 260 million shekel] budget the Finance Ministry asked for this morning at the Finance Committee for the Defense Ministry is not an addition to the defense budget, but an implementation of government decisions approved in the past," the Defense Ministry said.
Source: World Tribune
Palestinians hail international 'birth certificate' of statehood - Haaretz
Hamas' Powerful New Weapon Alters Strategic Calculations Along the Gaza Strip - Fox
Krauthammer: Israel has 'given away' claim to West Bank - Jerusalem Post

Clinton: US to lay out new Mideast policy in weeks

April 13, 2011 - Speaking at the US-Islamic World Forum, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that President Obama will lay out a new push to promote comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace plans in the coming weeks.

In the absence of a promising peace plan, the Palestinian government plans to ask the U.N. General Assembly in September for recognition of statehood.

Source: Jerusalem Post
New U.S. peace push must come soon: Palestinians - Yahoo

Israel, Hamas Agree to Tentative Ceasefire

Apr. 11, 2011 - After days of heavy attacks and counter-attacks between Hamas and the Israelis, the parties agreed to a tentative ceasefire.
Hamas appears to have agreed to the ceasefire because of Israel's tough response and the success of its Iron Dome missile defense system. The Iron Dome's debut on the battlefield was successful, intercepting 100 percent of the longer-range Grad-type missiles launched.
Source: CBN
Hamas fires 24 Grads, 50 shells Saturday. A million Israelis still in shelters - DEBKAfile

Hezbollah prepared to send 100 missiles daily at Tel Aviv

Apr. 8, 2011 - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange revealed cable messages that indicate Hezbollah has an arsenal of missiles ready for a long conflict with Israel. They plan to launch "400-600 rockets and missiles...per day, 100 of which will be aimed at Tel Aviv." Tel Aviv's mayor Ron Holdai said they are not worried about the situation. He said, "We live in Israel, and we have threats made to us all the time. If something were to happen we could cope."
Source: Jerusalem Post
Iron Dome successfully intercepts Gaza rocket for first time - This was the first time in history a short-range rocket was ever intercepted. -Haaretz

Amid New Threats, Israel Preps for Multi-Front War

Apr. 5, 2011 - According to a new Israel Defense Forces report Hezbollah has quadrupled its bunkers in Lebanon and now has more than 40,000 rockets and missiles aimed at nearby population centers in Israel. Uzi Rubin, Israel's foremost missile and rocket expert said,
"The idea here is to attack Israeli population centers from Hezbollah population centers, to attack our population centers in order to terrorize and discourage us to fire... to use their own population as a human shield."
He also said that many of their new missiles have sophisticated guidance. He added that Hezbollah is becoming not just a terror threat, but a real military threat.

In response to this threat, the IDF held military drills to simulate a war with Hezbollah and Syria on its northern border, Hamas on its southern border, and the involvement of Iran.

Source: CBN

UN chief: End occupation, divide Jerusalem

Mar. 30, 2011 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apparently agrees with the Palestinians on issues that separate them from Israel. Through an assistant at the UN Latin American and Caribbean Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, he said, "The occupation that started in 1967 is morally and politically unsustainable." He also said,
A way must be found for Jerusalem to emerge as a capital of two States, Israel and Palestine, with arrangements for holy sites acceptable for all.
Source: YNet News - Israel

Israel strikes arms depot in Gaza following Palestinian rocket fire

Mar. 25, 2011 - Reacting to a bomb blast on Wednesday and a rocket attack Thursday from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Air Force has bombed an arms depot belonging to the military wing of Hamas.
The IDF is due to deploy for the first time a battery of the Iron Dome defense system around Gaza. However the move has only limited defense capabilities since one battery can only cover a limited area. T
Source: Haaretz
Israel ready to react with 'great force': Netanyahu - Yahoo

IDF tanks strike Gaza after Hamas launches 4 rockets

Mar. 24, 3011 - Israeli Defense Forces retaliated for the launching of about a dozen rockets and mortars from Gaza deep into Israel. Israeli tanks targeted a Hamas facility in Gaza City, which reportedly burst into flames.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Explosion at bus stop in central Jerusalem; 25 reportedly wounded

Mar. 23, 2011 - For the first time in many years, an apparent bomb attack has occured in Jerusalem. The device exploded at bus stop outside the International Convention Center.
At least 25 people were wounded in the incident, four of them seriously. The casualties were being evacuated to the Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem. The Magen David Adom emergency services said that there were no fatalities.
It is too early to know who might have caused the bombing.
Source: Haaretz

Gaza Strip: Israel launches air strikes

Mar. 21, 2010 - On Saturday, Palestinian militants conducted their strongest attack against Israel in two years, firing dozens of mortars into southern Israel. Israel has retaliated with air strikes in Gaza City and militant training camps.
Source: BBC
Hamas Offers 'Ceasefire' After Death Threat and Air Strike - Israel National News

Quartet 'giving up hope' of renewing Israeli-Palestinian talks

Mar. 18, 2011 - Last week the "Middle East Quartet" - the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations - met in Tel Aviv and Ramallah with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. The talks ended without much hope for the resumption of peace negotiations in the near future.
The representatives said that the differences between the two sides were far too wide to get negotiations back on track.
A terrorist attack at the Jewish settlement of Itamar last Friday had an obviously negative effect on the talks.
Source: Haaretz

Israel seizes Egypt-bound ship 'with weapons for Gaza'

Mar. 15, 2011 - Israel seized a German-owned vessel - the Victoria, which was on its way from Turkey to the Egyptian port of Alexandria. The crew of the ship did not resist the action. The ship is being taken tot he Israeli port of Ashdod.
"On the boat we discovered many weapons destined for terror groups in the heart of Gaza," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The source of the weapons was Iran which is trying to arm the Strip."
Source: BBC

Plans to invade Israel prepared

Mar. 8, 2011 - Hezbollah leadership in Lebanon claims that if Israel attacks them, they are prepared to quickly move in and occupy the "Galilee," the northern portion of Israel. A source close to Hezbollah said:
"And with small groups of about 40 to 50 well-trained and well-equipped fighters, they can take control, and force a siege on the entire area making close combat impossible for Israel."
Source: WorldNetDaily

New Defense System Foils Anti-Missile Attack from Gaza

Mar. 2, 2011 - “Trophy-Windbreaker,” a new Israeli system designed to intercept anti-tank missiles was successfully tested in training last year. Yesterday is was used in real action near the Gaza area. It identified and intercepted a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) aimed at an army vehicle patrolling on the road at the Gaza separation/security fence.
Gaza sources said the RPG set the vehicle on fire, but military spokesmen said there was no damage and that no one was injured. Hamas sources also reported that the IDF retaliated with artillery fire, wounding one terrorist.
Source: IsraelNationalNews

Netanyahu May Seek Interim Accord With Palestinians

Mar. 2, 2011 - Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since Israel resumed settlement building in disputed areas last September. According to an unnamed Israeli official, the recent wave of protests and revolutionary activity in the Middle East has caused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to consider an interim agreement with the Palestinians rather than one that resolves all core issues.
"Of course, Israel would prefer final status peace agreement, but that has become all but impossible because of the Palestinian refusal to negotiate," the government official said.
The interim agreement would be a step forward toward establishment of a two-state solution,
Source: CNN

Hamas Iran-made missiles hit Beersheba as Iranian warships dock in Syria

Feb. 25, 2011 - Just after Iran's warships arrived at Syria's port of Latakia, Hamas fired two long-range Iranian-made Grad missiles at the Israeli cities of Beersheeba and Neivot. This marks a renewed Hamas offensive against Israel.
The occupants of the Beersheba home... saved themselves by using the seconds between the warning siren and the explosion to take shelter in a bomb-proof room.
The missile aimed at Neivot landed outside the city.
Source: DEBKAfile
Netanyahu warns Hamas not to test Israeli resolve - Yahoo

Israel on high alert for Iranian warships' Suez transit. Kharg brings missiles

Feb. 19, 2011 - The new temporary government of Egypt has given permission for two warships from Iran to pass through the Suez Canal on their way to the Mediterranean Sea, and to its destination of Syria.
Israel has learned that the Iranian cruiser Kharg is carrying long-range missiles for Hizballah which it plans to unload at a Syrian port or Beirut harbor.
Source: DEBKAfile

US vetoes anti-settlement resolution

Feb. 19, 2011 - After failed attempts to persuade Palestinians to soften or drop their UN resolution to condemn settlement construction by Israel, the United States voted against the proposal, effectively vetoing it. The other 14 Council members voted in favor of the draft resolution.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told council members that the veto "should not be misunderstood to mean we support settlement activity." ... But she said the draft "risks hardening the position of both sides."
Source: YNet News
Israel 'deeply appreciates' U.S. veto on UN resolution condemning settlements - Haaretz

Palestinians press forward with UN anti-settlement vote

Feb. 18, 2011 - President Obama asked the Palestinians to withdraw a resolution in the UN Security Council against any further settlements by Israelis. However, Abbas said they would go ahead with their resolution.
Obama made it clear to Abbas that the US would veto such a resolution, so as not to jeopardize efforts to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Army Chief Ashkenazi: Prepare for all-out war

Feb. 7, 2011 - Gabi Ashkenazi, the outgoing Chief of the Israel Defense Forces, warned that Israel must be prepared to conduct war in several different theaters. He also said that the radical camp in the Middle East is gaining strength while the traditional Arab leadership is weakening.
He also made note of what he characterized as the "fascinating phenomenon" whereby power is shifting to the people of the region thanks to online social networks.
Source: YNet News

Peres: Israeli-Palestinian peace urgent in light of Egypt crisis

Feb. 6, 2011 - Israeli President Shimon Peres, speaking at the 11th annual Israeli security conference, urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to move quickly toward to bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He said:
"The dramatic events of the recent period make it necessary for us to take the Israeli-Palestinian conflict off the regional agenda. We must do this as soon as possible because the conflict is being exploited to the detriment of all sides."
Source: Haaretz

Muslim Brotherhood wants end to Egypt-Israeli peace deal

Feb. 3, 2011 - Rashad al-Bayoumi, a deputy leader of Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood, revealed their plans if they come to power in Egypt.
"After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel," al-Bayoumi said.
The Egyptian peace treaty was signed in 1979. This made Egypt the first Arab country to officially recognize Israel and agree to live in peace with them.
Source: RIA Novosti (Russia)
U.S. 'held secret meeting with Muslim Brotherhood' - WorldNetDaily
Rosenberg: What to Make of the Middle East Shakeup - Joel Rosenberg - CBN
Trend Alert: Revolutionary Fervor to Spread Beyond Arab States - Europe Next - By Gerald Celente - Yonkers Tribune

Jordan's king dismisses government, appoints new PM

Feb. 2, 2011 - Jordan's King Abdullah II responded to mass protests by dismissing his government and appointing a new prime minister, Marouf Al Bakhit, to implement political reform.

Similar protest have recently forced the president of Tunisia from power and have caused a week of change in Egypt.

Demonstrators also have called for change in Algeria, Sudan and Yemen. Protest organizers have called for a demonstration this week in Syria.
Source: CNN
Study: Coup possible in Morocco, Saudi Arabia too - YNet
Yemeni president vows to step down after term, as protests spark changes across Arab world - Haaretz

Muslim Brotherhood: ‘Prepare Egyptians for war with Israel'

Feb. 1, 2011 - Muhammad Ghannem, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, expressed his views that the Suez Canal should be closed immediately, and supply of gas from Egypt to Israel should cease.
He added that “the people should be prepared for war against Israel,” saying the world should understand that “the Egyptian people are prepared for anything to get rid of this regime.”
Source: Jerusalem Post
The Muslim Brotherhood: the enemy in its own words - Frank Gaffney, Jr. - The Center for Security Policy

Worldwide Islamist revolution explodes

Jan. 30, 2011 - The popular uprising in Egypt seems to be aimed at establishing a democracy in that coumtry, but the more likely outcome would be that the anti-Western Muslim Brotherhood will seize power there and throughout the Middle East.
The Obama administration's support for the unrest is strikingly reminiscent of Jimmy Carter's support of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, which marked the birth of modern Islamist expansion now seemingly sweeping the Mideast.
Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami claims the unrest is a result of Iran's earlier Islamic Revolution in 1979. He called the protests in Egypt and other Arab nations "are the aftershocks of the Islamic Revolution."
Source: WorldNetDaily
Egyptian Revolution - Ron's Blog
Islamic Brotherhood Timeline - Google
Protestors Form Committee to Negotiate with Egyptian Regime over Interim Government - MEMRI Blog
The Region: Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas - Barry Rubin - Jerusalem Post

Egypt protests escalate in Cairo, Suez and other cities

Jan. 28, 2011 - Riots in Cairo, Egypt have escalated during nearly a week of demonstrations there. Following Friday prayers, thens of thousands of demonstrators are calling for President Hosni Mubarak to resign. The government has suspended the operation of mobile phone providers and the Internet during the crisis. Hundreds of protestors have been arrested, including many from the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest and most organised opposition movement.
Source: BBC
Chaos Rules the Streets of Egypt - Police in Cairo retaliate with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons... - Fox
Egypt places top reformer (Mohamed ElBaradei)under house arrest following mass riots - Haaretz
On Egypt's streets, Facebook protests spawn a mass revolt - Haaretz
Iran cleric: Mideast unrest replay of our 1979 Islamic revolution - Haaretz
Thousands protest in Jordan - Al Jazeera
Anti-government rallies hit Yemen - Al Jazeera
Egypt's Internet block aims at social media -Computerworld
What is the Muslim Brotherhood? - CNN
Profile: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood - BBC

Day 3 of Egypt turmoil / Eyes on the streets of Cairo

Jan. 27, ,2011 - Thousands of Egyptian people, encouraged by the Muslim Brotherhood and Tunisia's recent overthrow of their dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, continued to protest in Cairo against their own President Hosni Mubarak.
At least three protesters and one policeman have died in the violence thus far. Police have beaten protesters and journalists alike and dispersed the crowds with water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets. Over 860 protesters have been arrested since the riots began Tuesday.
The general feeling on the streets of Cairo is that Mubarak's 30-year control needs to end. Mubarak is a long-time ally of the United States.
Source: Haaretz
Obama and Clinton won't openly side with Egyptian democracy demonstrators - Jewish World Review

Hezbollah-backed Mikati named Lebanon prime minister

Jan. 26, 2011 - Najib Mikati, a Hezbollah-backed politician was named prime minister of Lebanon Tuesday. The move is considered a victory for Hezbollah, the militant Shi'ite group that is aligned with Iran and Syria.
Sunni Muslims loyal to outgoing premier Saad al-Hariri, Rafik's son who has Western and Saudi backing, staged a "day of rage" to protest the appointment of the Sunni billionaire Mikati, a centrist lawmaker with ties to Saudi Arabia and Syria.
Source: Yahoo
Clinton decries Hezbollah's power in Lebanon - MSNBC

Erekat: Palestinian state is coming, Israel can't stop it

Jan. 24, 2011 - In an interview with Israeli Army Radio, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority's chief negotiator, said, "A Palestinian state is coming, with 1967 borders and with a capital in east Jerusalem, and Israel cannot stop it anymore." Commenting on the recent statement by PA President Mahmoud Abbas that there may be an new intifada if the peace process fails, Erekat said,
"He [Abbas] is not threatening an intifada. We want negotiations. We want a Palestinian state through an agreement. But if there is no agreement or solution when September comes, the alternative may be a type of intifada."
Source: Jerusalem Post

Lebanese Government Topples After Resignations

Jan. 12, 2011 - While Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is meeting with U.S. President Obama, eleven ministers from Lebanon's Hizballah movement and its political allies resigned from the government, causing it to disband.
Hizballah had been threatening to topple the government over a UN-backed probe into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, amid reports that the investigation is set to indict Hizballah members.
Source: Radio Free Europe

Hezbollah, allies quit Lebanese goverment

Jan. 12, 2011 -
Hezbollah ministers and their allies on Wednesday resigned from the Lebanese cabinet, in a move that could topple the unity government over a crisis linked to a UN probe into the murder of former premier Rafiq Hariri.
A massive blast in central Beirut in February, 2005 killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.
Source: Bangkok Post

Palestinians say they'll go to UN for recognition

Jan. 10, 2011 - The Palestinian foreign minister set September of this year as the time he will ask the United Nations to recognize Palestine as a separate state.
The move is part of the Palestinians' so-called Plan B of pursuing an alternative to a negotiated peace deal while talks with Israel remain stalled. Riad Malki's announcement Sunday followed Chile's recognition of Palestine, making it the fifth South American country to do so recently.
Even if the Security Council did recognize the nation, it is likely that America would veto the action.
Source: Yahoo - AP


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