Constraining Iran in the Straight

BY ILAN BERMAN, INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE— The past two weeks have seen a dramatic escalation in Iran’s war of words with the West. Last Wednesday, Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi told Iran’s official news agency, IRNA, that new economic pressure currently being contemplated by the West would come at a steep cost. According to Rahimi,…

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Why US won't be center stage in new Israeli-Arab talks

BY HOWARD LAFRANCHI, CSMONITOR The United States won’t take its usual center-stage position when Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meet today for their first direct talks in more than a year. The talks, set for Amman, Jordan, are designed to explore the potential for a return to formal direct peace negotiations, which collapsed in October 2010.…

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Israel, Palestinian envoys to hold talks in Jordan on Tuesday

BY REUTERS— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal emissary Yitzhak Molcho and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat will meet in Amman on Tuesday in a bid to restart stalled Middle East peace negotiations. The meeting will be hosted by Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. Judeh and representatives of the Middle East Quartet – the United States,…

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The World Council of Churches’ Anti-Israel Policies

By DR. MANFRED GERSTENFELD — ARUTZ7– Christian Media analyst Dexter Van Zile: Only Israel is condemned, while Copts are killed in Egypt, Arab Christians persecuted in Muslim countries. WCC has two bodies working to end the “occupation”. “The World Council of Churches, an umbrella organization for 349 Protestant and Orthodox churches founded in 1948, has…

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Fatah Exposes Plan to Kill Ariel Sharon

BY ELAD BENARI, ARUTZ 7— Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement exposed on Sunday a video which shows the former head of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s military wing, Khalil al-Wazir (who was known as “Abu Jihad”), plotting to kill Ariel Sharon who then served as a Cabinet minister, Channel 2 News reported. According to…

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Lamb with dried fruit

*Tu B’Shvat (“New Year of the trees”) is one of the minor Jewish holidays.  This winter holiday marks when to calculate the agricultural cycle for the purpose of biblical tithes.  Each year on Tu B’shvat, Israelis eat a feast of dried fruits in keeping with the “New Year” holiday tradition and celebrating the seasonality of the fruit tree. This recipe would make…

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The Israeli military prepares for a new type of war

by Homeland Security News Wire— The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has created a new military command – the Strategic Depth Command; this new command, and the new, commando-heavy, look of the IDF’s higher echelon, should tell us that Israel is preparing for a new type of war; adversaries of Israel who have been entertaining the…

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PLO Plans to 'Disengage' From Israel

By GAVRIEL QUEENAN, ARUTZ7– Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officials said Friday their decision to return to ‘popular resistance’ is aimed at ‘disengaging’ from Israel. PLO Executive Committee member Tayseer Khalid said the new unified Fatah-Hamas strategy will be based on ‘popular resistance’ which willspread into PA enclaves in Judea and Samaria. “The popular resistance will reshape…

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