Turkey set to sign military pact with Egypt

A military and economic alliance with Egypt is set to be signed by  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The deal should be clinched  when Erdogan visits Cairo next Monday – the first such visit paid by a  Turkish prime minister in 15 years. Under former President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt rejected Turkish  overtures; Mubarak viewed…

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B'tayavon: Grilled Shish Kebab with rosemary-mint marinade

“Grilling out” is often thought of as a uniquely American tradition but every country and culture has their own version of the backyard barbeque. In the Middle East, shish kebabs are the barbeque treat of choice. Served with pita bread, humus, and many other classic sides, shish kebabs make the perfect family meal. Ingredients for…

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Leak Offers Look at Efforts by U.S. to Spy on Israel

BY SCOTT SHANE, NY TIMES— When Shamai K. Leibowitz, an F.B.I. translator, was sentenced to 20 months in prison last year for leaking classified information to a blogger, prosecutors revealed little about the case. They identified the blogger in court papers only as “Recipient A.” After Mr. Leibowitz pleaded guilty, even the judge said he…

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Israel's enemies wouldn't dare launch chemical attack, Barak says

BY HAARETZ— Israel’s enemies would not dare even to consider a chemical weapons strike against it, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday. Barak’s remarks follow assessments made by a top Israel Defense Forces official that regional adversaries would consider the use of such weapons in the case of an all-out war in the Middle…

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Grilled Shish Kebab with rosemary-mint marinade

“Grilling out” is often thought of as a uniquely American tradition but every country and culture has their own version of the backyard barbeque.  In the Middle East, shish kebabs are the barbeque treat of choice.  Served with pita bread, humus, and many other classic sides, shish kebabs make the perfect family meal. Ingredients for Shish…

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Lebanon warns UN: Israel's proposed maritime border threatens peace and security

BY DPA— Lebanon has warned the United Nations that Israel’s proposed sea border threatens peace and security, media reports said Monday, in the latest development in the two countries’ maritime claims. Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansor, in a letter sent Monday to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, rejected Israeli claims of the northern part of…

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International jihad is against the Bible and those who regard it as sacred

BY DIANA WEST— Beyond the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks looms another signal date in the annals of global jihad. That date is Sept. 20, when the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas is expected to petition the United Nations for statehood. What would a U.N.-ordained Palestinian state have to do with global jihad? Practically everything,…

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'Israel hopes to overcome crisis with Turkey, but won't apologize for Gaza flotilla raid'

BY BARAK RAVID, HAARETZ— Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the ongoing crisis with Turkey on Sunday, saying he “hopes a way will be found to overcome the differences with Turkey,” and adding that “we do not want a further downgrading of the relations.” Speaking at the weekly government meeting, Netanyahu added that the UN-commissioned Palmer report…

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Cliche-based foreign policy

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee kicked up a political storm this week. Tuesday Ros-Lehtinen introduced the United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act. If passed into law it would place stringent restrictions on US funding of the UN’s budget. The US currently funds 22…

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