U.S. renews financial aid to Palestinians after UN statehood row

BY NATASHA MOZGOVAYA, AP– The Palestinians are slated to receive some 200 million dollars in U.S. security assistance after a top House Republican ended her hold on the money. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, informed the Obama administration in recent weeks that she no longer would block 50 million…

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US believes Israel may soon attack Iran

BY RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— A senior American military official on Friday told CNN that the Obama Administration is “absolutely concerned” that Israel may soon strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. The official insisted that the US itself has no intention of attacking Iran (though other reports suggest otherwise), and said there is no guarantee Israel will…

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Jordan Tries Rapprochement with Hamas

BY JONATHAN SCHANZER, WEEKLY STANDARD— Last week, Jordan’s new prime minister Awn Khasawneh boldly announced that Jordan’s 1999 decision to deport leaders of the Palestinian jihadist group Hamas was a political mistake and a violation of the constitution. With U.S. regional influence in decline and Jordanian stability on the line, the London-based Arabic daily al-Quds…

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US believes Israel may soon attack Iran

 Ryan Jones — ISRAEL TODAY A senior American military official on Friday told CNN that the Obama Administration is “absolutely concerned” that Israel may soon strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. The official insisted that the US itself has no intention of attacking Iran (though other reports suggest otherwise), and said there is no guarantee Israel will…

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Red light vote at UNESCO

BY STAN GOODENOUGH— In what was described as a crucial “UN test vote,” UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientif and Cultural Organization) voted Monday to grant full membership to the ‘State of Palestine.” The 107 nations voting in favor included South Africa, China, Russia, Brazil, India and France. Among the 14 votes against were the…

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Barak: Israel has not already decided to strike Iran

BY HAARETZ Amidst a flurry of recent reports regarding a possible Israeli attack against Iran, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday that he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have not already decided that Israel will conduct such a strike. “It does not take a genius to understand that in Israel in 2011 two people…

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Palestinian Arab Aggression Will Never End

BY VICTOR SHARPE, FAMILY SECURITY MATTERS— No, the terror will continue so long as Israel and the IDF merely retaliates against each and every separate Muslim Arab crime against the Jewish state’s civilian population. As one person, commenting on a blog, stated: “Israel’s taking out a few rocket launchers is like giving aspirin for cancer.…

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