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Daniel 12:4   But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end ...

A Homeland for the Palestinians?  Why they?  How about all those others?

Ezekiel 33:2-4 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;  Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.


Uniting Jordan, Iraq post-war goal? (a blast from the past ...or is it?)

Establishment of Hashemite kingdom being floated in diplomatic circles

A Children's Cartoon From the Middle East Has a New Mideast Peace Plan
The New York Times 2006/4/30
...the real goal of "Ben and Izzy" is more serious: to help young Americans and Arabs steer clear of the prejudices of their parents and grandparents, which may have been reinforced by the Sept. 11 attacks and the war in Iraq. In promotional materials, Ben the American is described as "a symbol for his country" who is "big" and "energetic," but "on the negative side, he is a bit xenophobic, self-centered, needs-to-win competitive."   "Like his native land," the creators write, "he sometimes blunders into situations without thinking."
Izzy the Jordanian, by contrast, is "slight of build, sinewy and studious," but "on the downside, Izzy can be a little too serious, self-righteous, superior, even devious."  
The boys don't like each other at first — they argue but don't fight with guns or knives, the promotional materials point out — but they will ultimately learn "that as a team, they can outsmart almost anyone." ...
How much more true to life can this be? ...and even his queen, who knows her king better than all, is promoting this!  I thought this old cartoon (right) from days past, which is not associated with this story, was very appropriate here.

Jordan, Egypt push for peace
The Jordan Times 2006/4/30
...During their talks, King Abdullah and Mubarak stressed the importance of intensifying world efforts to revive the peace process and deliver aid to the Palestinians, who are suffering an economic crisis, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The two leaders also discussed Iraq as well as means to enhance relations between Jordan and Egypt. ...The Egyptian foreign minister, meanwhile, called for an international conference to discuss “counter terrorist operations.”   He said Egypt — battered by terror attacks earlier this week — had sent letters to the US and EU governments urging them to reconsider an Egyptian proposal for a UN meeting that would discuss how to “uproot terrorism in the region and in the world.”

DEBKAfile Exclusive: The Mubarak-Abdullah Aqaba summit was dominated by extreme concern over branching out of Abu Musab al Zarqawi’s network
DEBKAfile 2006/4/30
DEBKAfile’s sources report Israel was not invited to the summit, although squarely in Zarqawi’s sights, because its new leaders show scant interest in the encroachment of his cells right up to Israel’s borders. ...Friday night, April 28, Zarqawi’s cell in Gaza announced it is waiting for the final signal to execute the order received in mid-week to “revive the traditional sacrifice of apostates” against four Palestinian targets.   They are identified as Fatah followers of Mahmoud Abbas: former interior minister and Gaza strongman Muhammad Dahlan, prominent West Bank figure Yasser Abd Rabbo, deputy chief of Gaza’s Preventive Security Service Samir Mashrawi, and Abu Ali Shihin, an old Yasser Arafat crony from Rafah.

National Dialogue, ‘Quartet’ Meeting to Tackle Palestinian Crisis
Palestine Media Center 2006/4/30
In internal, regional and international arenas, the Palestinian crisis will be tackled in an inter-Palestinian national dialogue, Egyptian-Jordanian-Israeli summit encounters and a meeting of the Quartet on May 9. ...

Ismail Haniyeh: PA's financial crisis to end 'very very soon'
Haaretz 2006/4/30
...Arab League sends emergency aid
Arab League foreign ministers met February in Algiers in an attempt to revive a funding plan they originally agreed to in 2002 . That called for sending the Palestinian Authority $50 million a month.   Arab countries have consistently failed to meet those pledges, either because they lack funds or because of political differences with the Palestinians.
Syria launches fundraiser for Palestinians
Also Sunday Syria began a weeklong campaign to collect money for the Palestinians, following a visit by the Palestinian foreign minister 10 days ago. ...
Looks like the Arab 'leadership' is stepping up to the plate, behind the King in line, to garner favor and a following of the Palestinians, in the eyes of the world.

King Sends Message to Labors
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/30
...King Abdullah II on Sunday sent a message to Jordan's labors in the national labor community congratulating them on the occasion of Labors Day.   The King expressed appreciation for labors over their distinguished efforts exerted to enhance the development and production and to build the 'Jordan First' now and for the future. ...
When the king says 'Jordan First', if you aren't a part of Jordan, where does that leave you?  Be careful to whom you give power!

PNA chief, Jordan's king to discuss ways out of crisis
ITAR TASS 2006/4/30
Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestine National Authority (PNA) and King Abdullah II of Jordan meet on Sunday to discuss urgent steps for the PNA to get out of the humanitarian crisis. ...

Al-Qaeda leader plans an Iraq army
Times Online 2006/4/30
THE leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is attempting to set up his own mini-army and move away from individual suicide attacks to a more organised resistance movement, according to US intelligence sources. ...

Palestinian Ambassador commends King's endowment to Palestinians
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/29
...The Palestinian Ambassador to Amman Atallah Khairi hailed King Abdullah's efforts to help alleviate the suffering of Palestinian people. ...The ambassador whished all friendly and brethren countries to emulate Jordan's example in offering assistance to the Palestinian people, urging the int'l community to continue the assistance to Palestinian people to alleviate their suffering and exert efforts to ensure the flow of human assistance.

King orders aid shipment for Palestinians
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/29
...Upon directives from His Majesty King Abdullah, the Jordanian Hashemite Charitable Organization (JHCO) dispatched the third urgent shipment of human assistance to the Palestinian people. The shipment comprises of 27 trucks laden with 400 tones of food supplies, medicine, and other medical equipments. The King has ordered the medical equipments to be sent to Al Shefaa hospital in Gaza due to acute shortage in such equipments as the Palestinian people are suffering of hardships nowadays. ...
Much like the part Absalom played between his father David and his people Israel, so King Abdullah II is garnering the favor of the Palestinian and Iraqi people, as well as all the Arab and Muslim people, despite their own rulers.  Just another aspect to how he wins the crown given him in honor.

Turmoil surrounds Aqaba meeting
Monsters & Critics 2006/4/29
...The meeting in southern Jordan came amid growing turmoil and terrorism in the region and as Arab leaders` anxieties over the fate of their regimes continue to grow. ...King Abdullah and President Mubarak may have sealed an agreement not to recognize the Hamas government. ...A Hamas government successfully ruling the Palestinian territories could further empower the mainstream Islamic movements in Egypt and Jordan, where the influential Muslim Brotherhood poses the largest and most-organized opposition force that could ultimately weaken their regimes. ...

Military Intelligence: Syria poised to spend petrodollars on weaponry
Haaretz 2006/4/29
...Syrians continued to focus their arms production on rockets and longer-range SCUDS. Production, he said, was continuing on 200 to 300 millimeter rockets with a range of dozens of kilometers. Some of these weapons are apparently being transfered to Hezbollah, including the array Hezbollah has deployed along the border between Lebanon and Israel. ...

U.S. heaps more pressure on Syria
The Daily Star 2006/4/29
The United States increased its pressure on Syria Friday, including the country on a shortlist of nations whose governments "sponsor terrorism." The U.S. State Department's annual report on terrorism, released Friday, named six countries as terrorism hubs or sponsors, four of which are Islamic states and three Arab countries: Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Cuba, and North Korea.   The report said the Syrian government "continued to provide political and material support to both Hizbullah and Palestinian terrorist groups." ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

Jibril warns against Syria, Iran attack
The Jerusalem Post 2006/4/29
The leader of a Palestinian group warned the United States and Israel on Friday that if they attacked Syria or Iran, his guerrillas would fight them.   "We will not allow any aggression against Syria or the Islamic Republic of Iran," leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command Ahmed Jibril told a rally of about 1,000 supporters in a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital.   "I say it frankly, we will not only be on their side, we will be in the forefront," said Jibril. ...

Abdullah, Mubarak meet in Jordan
The Jerusalem Post 2006/4/29
Jordan's King Abdullah II hosted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at this Red Sea resort Saturday to discuss Mideast peacemaking and Iraq. ...

No Jordan Option
Israel Insider 2006/4/28
Bringing Jordan back into the West Bank means having a sovereign entity stretching from the border of Iraq to the backyard of Kfar Sava.   And given the virtual impossibility to predict the future viability and/or orientation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, putting the West Bank under Jordanian sovereignty ultimately means that Allah-knows-what-regime would have the sovereign right to move divisions of tanks, position heavy artillery pieces, mobile anti-aircraft equipment etc. within earshot of my home in Raanana and all of this without Israel being able to do much more than go on alert.   As options go, the "Jordan option" isn't much different from "surrender and appeasement." ...

Iraq VP warns Americans against striking Iran
Khaleej Times Online 2006/4/28
NAJAF, Iraq - An Iraqi vice president warned the United States on Friday against attacking Iran. Adel Abdul Mahdi, the Shia member of the three-man Presidency Council, was asked about speculation US forces might strike to prevent Iran developing nuclear technology: “We will not allow anyone to attack anyone,” he said after a meeting in the holy city of Najaf with Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, Iraq’s senior Shia cleric. “We think that the use of force is not appropriate for solving any problem.” ...
They can't even stop their own Muslims from attacking their own selves, much less anyone else attacking the Iranians.  How absurd a statement!

Hezbollah, Illegal Immigration, and the Next 9/11 2006/4/28
...longtime Hezbollah terror chief, Imad Mugniyah, has been tapped by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to initiate attacks against the West, especially the U.S., in the event that any preemptive strikes are made against Iran's nuclear facilities. ...

Al-Qaeda calls for Pakistan coup 2006/4/28
For the third time this week, al-Qaeda has broadcast a message, this time from the so-called al-Qaeda second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri, aimed at Pakistan's US-friendly government. ...

Welch: US Syrian relations 'bad to worse'
YaLibnan 2006/2/28
...U.S. President George Bush issued an executive order Wednesday authorizing the U.S. Treasury Department to freeze the assets of anyone involved in the truck bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others on Feb. 14, 2005. It authorizes the same action against anyone found to have obstructed the work of U.N. investigators, and underscored suspicions of Syrian involvement.   The U.S. official said his country has urged Syria on several occasions to "change its behavior" but Damascus chose instead to continue intervening in Lebanon's internal affairs and supporting "terror groups." ...

Lure of Babylon is powerful draw
The Detroit News 2006/4/27
Iraq, U.N. undertake project to restore city, transform it into center for cultural tourism. ...Babylon, the mud-brick city with the million-dollar name, has paid the price of war. It has been ransacked, looted, torn up, paved over, neglected and roughly occupied. Archaeologists said American soldiers even used soil thick with priceless artifacts to stuff sandbags.   But Iraqi leaders and U.N. officials are not giving up. They are working assiduously to restore Babylon ...

An upsurge in attacks against Turkish security forces by militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and a recent three-day outbreak of protests in Turkey’s primarily-Kurdish southeast are raising concerns that the region could again spiral into the kind of violence experienced during the dark days of the 1980’s and 1990’s.An upsurge in attacks against Turkish security forces by militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and a recent three-day outbreak of protests in Turkey’s primarily-Kurdish southeast are raising concerns that the region could again spiral into the kind of violence experienced during the dark days of the 1980’s and 1990’s. ...

Islamic scholars agree on measures to promote moderation
The Jordan Times 2006/4/27
...In the final communiqué of the conference entitled “The Practical Role of the Moderate Current in Reform and the Revival of the Umma,” participants gave the go-ahead for practical steps to establish global institutions to propagate “the voice of moderation in the world.”   As part of the measures; participants endorsed the establishment of a satellite channel, but said the plan hinges on the “availability of financial and technical capabilities.” ...
Get ready to be propagandized!  A saying often used by Missourians is very well applied in this case ..."...Don't Tell Me, Show Me!"  It would be best if Moslems first learned to get along with their own kind, before they attempt to try to preach to the rest of us.  Islam, in my opinion, is the farthest thing from being "The Voice Of Moderation In The World"  See the story below titled "How Has Islam Enriched Your Life".

Jordan sends support for Gaza hospital
Bahrain News Agency 2006/4/27
Jordanian Monarch, King Abdullah II, ordered today an assistance caravan to Al Shefa hospital in Gaza which includes medical equipment and medicine.   Jordanian News Agency said that King Abdullah took the decision after he was briefed on the situation the hospital was suffering from due to shortage of medical requirements due to stopping of international financial support. ...

How Has Islam Enriched Your Life?
Israel Hasbara committee 2006/4/27
Have any of you noticed over the past few years that page after page in your daily newspapers is filled with the latest dysfunctional happenings caused by, or as a result of the seemingly maniacal Muslim world? Honestly, I cannot open a paper or turn on the television without seeing mobs of Muslim savages celebrating in front of burning embassies , a school, a restaurant or those stupid tires they seem to think are so impressive to burn ...
A saying often used by Missourians is well applied in this case ..."...Don't Tell Me, Show Me!"  It would be best if Moslems first learned to get along with their own kind, before they attempt to try to preach to the rest of us.

US, France Prepare Security Council Resolution Pressuring Syria
Voice Of America 2006/4/27
Washington's U.N. Ambassador John Bolton says the United States has concluded that another Security Council resolution is needed to pressure Syria to comply with previous Council requirements. ...Ambassador Bolton Wednesday said the proposed draft resolution would also include a call for Syria's cooperation in the U.N. investigation into the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The probe has implicated senior Lebanese and Syrian security officials.
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

UN envoy rejects Syria’s claim that diplomatic ties with Lebanon, border are not UN issues
Khaleej Times Online 2006/4/27
...UNITED NATIONS - The top UN envoy for Lebanon and Syria rejected Damascus’ claim that establishing diplomatic relations with Lebanon and marking their border are issues to be settled between the two countries, not by the United Nations. ...“In doing so, we do not wish to interfere with matters that are the prerogative of the parties, and of the parties alone,” Roed-Larsen said in an interview. “But these two steps ... are important indicators of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence of Lebanon. They are thus important steps in the implementation of resolution 1559.” ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

Majali Receives Bangladeshi Ambassador
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/27
...The ambassador expressed his country's interest to enhance relations with Jordan. He also hailed Jordan's wise policies under His Majesty King Abdullah II leadership. ...
? Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand

King Congratulates President of South Africa
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/27
...King Abdullah II on Thursday sent a cable to President of the Republic of South Africa Thabo Mbeki congratulating him in his name ...
? John 5:43 "I am come in my Father's name (HASHEM), and ye receive me not: if another shall come "in his own name" (HASHEMITE), him ye will receive.

And thank you to Hamas
Haaretz 2006/4/27 is good for Israel that the unfriendly Hamas is in power. Finally, there is a disciplined, hierarchical body on the Palestinian side that can observe a cease-fire - even if it is a fragile and imperfect one - and gradually enforce "one law and one weapon," rather than Fatah's institutionalized anarchy. The quiet understanding that former prime minister Ariel Sharon reached with Hamas, with Abbas' mediation, enabled Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, and is allowing for a normal life in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv today. Under the present conditions, holding fire is more important than publicized meetings and speeches about peace. ...

Spanish royal couple conclude state visit
The Jordan Times 2006/4/27
...King Abdullah and Queen Rania accompanied King Carlos and Queen Sofia and the accompanying delegation on a tour of Aqaba, which included Tala Bay and other sites.   During the tour, Dahabi reviewed the port city's achievements after it was turned into a special economic zone to attract investments from all over the world.   He said investments in Aqaba, which has already exceeded $7 billion, had so far created more than 70,000 job opportunities. ...
? Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand

Abbas calls for int'l conference to jump-start peace process
The Jordan Times 2006/4/27
...“I am ready to immediately resume negotiations with the Israeli government,” Abbas said in a speech at the Nobel Institute in Oslo. “It is important for me to clarify that the Palestinian legislative elections, which brought Hamas to power, are not an obstacle to negotiations.” ...

Syria still acting like Lebanon's caretaker
The Daily Star 2006/4/27
Asked "What does Syria want from Lebanon?" one March 14 politician said: "It wants to take hold of Lebanon and keep it under its authority. That is what the Lebanese people refuse." ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots
As we have been seeing, the uprooting of the Assad regime is taking plenty of time, but the handwriting has been on the wall for years.

Arab prince is Brandeis speaker
The Boston Globe 2006/4/27
Graduates of Brandeis University will be getting their final lecture from an Arab prince noted in the international community for his commitment to fostering understanding among Muslims, Jews, and Christians.   Brandeis President Jehuda Reinharz said he chose Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan as this year's commencement speaker and as an honorary degree recipient because he is ''a standard bearer for religious tolerance, human rights, and religious peace." ...

Syria Continues Interference in Lebanon, State Department Says
...We call on the international community to continue to hold the Syrian regime accountable until it responds completely to concerns about its cooperation with the UN International Independent Investigation Commission, interference in Lebanon, insufficient action on the Iraqi border, sponsorship of Palestinian terrorist groups, and harsh crackdown on civil society. ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

Hamas and the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood
Judeoscope 2006/4/26
...The results of the Palestinian elections constitute a new test for Jordan’s identity. However, this time the test is focused on the degree to which the Brotherhood is Jordanian and the issue will not remain limited to the group’s internal organization. It has become a debate between writers on both sides of the contested identity issue, individuals who are close to the Brotherhood’s circles. However, Hamas’ influence within the Brotherhood predates the Palestinian election results by several years. It also seems that this influence has not taken place in isolation from small setbacks suffered by Jordanians in the Brotherhood. The movement has seen its influence in Palestinian circles in Jordan outstrip its influence in "East Jordanian" parts of the country. It was natural for this development to be strengthened in the leadership of the movement, until Hamas was formed. The Brotherhood "environment" in Jordan is a pro-Hamas extension for Palestinians in Jordan, just as Hamas was an extension of the Brotherhood in the West Bank and Gaza. ...

US blocks Hariri suspects' assets
BBC News 2006/4/26
...President Bush's executive order said the move would affect anyone "involved in planning, sponsoring, organising, or perpetrating the terrorist act in Beirut, Lebanon.. related to Hariri's assassination".   He said additional steps were being taken "concerning certain actions of the government of Syria". ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

First Arab-Euro Dialogue Forum Starts in Paris
Syrian Arab News Agency 2006/4/26
Activities of the first Arab-Euro Dialogue Forum started on Wednesday in Paris under the Title, “ Towards an Arab-Euro Strategic Partnership” ...The forum, which takes place in the Paris-based Arab World Institute, involves the participants from the private sector as well as public officials from Europe and the Arab world. It includes 14 workshops, and will debate the role of the private sector supporting social development; youth education and development policies; economy and partnership for development; the role of non-governmental organizations; investment constraints and opportunities and cooperation in the energy sector. ...

Iran Bolstering Alliance With Syria, Hamas 2006/4/26
Increasingly isolated by the international community, Iran, Syria and Hamas are strengthening ties with each other in order to challenge the West, said Israeli prime ministerial spokesman Dr. Ra'anan Gissin. ...Iran, Syria and Hamas share the strategic goals of derailing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and destroying Israel. That means that the Hamas election victory in January was also a victory for Syria and Iran, Karmon said. ...

King Abdullah, King Juan Carlos attend military exercise
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/26
...King Abdullah II accompanied on Wednesday his guest King Juan Carlos to one of Jordanian Armed Forces' training site. ...

'Hamas cell in Jordan acted on Mashaal's orders' 2006/4/26
The Jordanian authorities announced that the Hamas cell they arrested last week in the kingdom has been receiving orders from one of the movement's "top leaders, who is currently staying in Syria," to target Jordanian officials and facilities. It appears that this Hamas leader Jordan referred to is none other than head of the movement's politburo, Khaled Mashaal. ...

One up for Tehran in Its Secret Bout with Washington
DEBKAfile 2006/4/26
According to DEBKAfile’s Iran experts, Tehran feels confident enough to adopted a belligerent posture because ...1. ...Tehran is confident that its influence in Iraqi politics outweighs Washington’s by virtue of its ties with Iraqi parties and Shiite militias and its intelligence network. ... 2. ...Tehran’s dissatisfaction with the progress of its secret diplomatic track with Washington ... 3. ...Tehran is increasingly confident that Moscow and Beijing will continue to block Washington’s initiatives for UN Security Council sanctions ... 4. ...As perceived from Iran, the Bush administration is losing ground in the Middle East, whereas the Islamic Republic is in the middle of a forward thrust ...

Second conference of Nobel Laureates to be held in Petra
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/26
Nobel Laureates and national and religious leaders will convene in Petra, Jordan in June to discuss and define their roles in responding to global crises.   The conferees have been invited to Jordan by the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) and the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity for the second Petra Conference of Nobel Laureates. ...“For more than 100 years, Nobel Laureates have represented excellence in the pursuit of humanity’s advancement,” said His Majesty King Abdullah. “Elie Wiesel and I have invited this distinguished group, along with a number of leaders from different disciplines to convene once again in Petra and carry forward our promise to this and future generations to address the inequalities, asymmetries and threats to peace that abound.” ...
? Daniel 7:8, Revelation 13:5 …And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things…

Jordanian king for Iran dialogue, nuke free ME
IranMania 2006/4/25

Peace in the Middle East requires all states in the region, including Israel, to renounce nuclear arms and only dialogue will rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions, Jordan's King Abdullah II said ..."I consider dialogue to be the way to deal with Iran. Any threat of using force against Iran will only unite Iranians," the king insisted, saying western nations should "extend their hand" to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, AFP noted   "If there is peace (in the Middle East) there is no need for the bomb.   "If the Israeli-Palestinian problem is resolved, the Israeli-Arab problem is resolved," Abdullah said. ...

Egypt bombings draw sharp Arab condemnation
Globe and mail 2006/4/25
...“The attack on Egypt brings back bad memories,” Jordanian businessman Muhannad Abul-Ghanam said. “Even the result is the same – mainly Muslim Arabs died, and there's more public hatred toward these militants.” ...Arab governments were quick to condemn the attacks – as were radical Muslims who have tried to distance themselves from al-Qaeda and other global Islamic radical groups that deliberately attack Muslim and Arab civilians. ...

Viewpoint: Hardly a savory combination
Middle East Times 2006/4/25
Situated between Israel and Iraq, Jordan has tended to vacillate strategically between its Arab hinterland to the east, in which Iraq has been the linchpin, and the US-Israeli protective umbrella to the west. This was well illustrated in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Jordan was at first heavily reliant on Iraq both strategically and economically, as rightwing governments set the tone in Israel. ...

Dutch Plan to Supply Jordan With F-16s
Arutz Sheva 2006/4/25
The Netherlands and Belgium intend to sell 20 F-16 fighter jets to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. According to a Dutch statement, the aircraft will be delivered to the Royal Jordanian Air Force by 2008. ...

Jordan Links Israeli Nukes to Peace Process, Says Israel Should Disarm
Israel Hasbara committee 2006/4/25
“For peace to be achieved in the region, Israel has to disarm its nuclear weapons [since] if there is peace, Israel will not need nuclear weapons,” Abdullah said in a recent interview with El Pais.   “If the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the Arab-Israeli conflict will also be resolved,” he said.   Abdullah added that if the international community is demanding that Iran not develop nuclear weapons, “it should also demand that countries which possess nuclear weapons disarm” referring to Israel. ...
? Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

Jordan says Hamas leaders in Syria ordered attacks
Reuters 2006/4/25
...U.S. ally Jordan has over the years accused Damascus-based radical Palestinian groups opposed to Middle East peacemaking of either plotting attacks inside the kingdom or trying to smuggle arms to launch attacks against Israel from its territory. ...Jordanian officials privately support U.S.-led efforts to isolate the Hamas government diplomatically and financially unless it embraces Middle East peacemaking. ...

Jordan Announces Arrest of Hamas Terrorists Planning Attacks
Arutz Sheva 2006/4/25
Jordan has announced the arrest of Hamas terrorists it says planned to carry out attacks in the Hashemite Kingdom at the behest of Syrian terror chiefs.   According to the report, Jordanian officials and "strategic points" were supposed to be assassinated by the terrorists, who were in the final stages of preparation. ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

Middle East Newsline 2006/4/25

Jordanian security sources said five members of the Palestinian Legislative Council were found to have helped procure and smuggle rocket launchers, automatic weapons and ammunition into Jordan. The sources said the legislators employed their connections to procure the weapons and transport them to the kingdom. ...
? Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

U.N. Interviews Assad on Hariri's Death
The Washington post 2005/4/25
DAMASCUS, Syria -- A U.N. investigator interviewed Syria's leader Tuesday about the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister, a long-sought encounter that President Bashar Assad had twice declined. ...The United States warned Syria that the Security Council would take action unless it cooperated fully with the commission. ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia Visit Parliament
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/25
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia are currently on a visit to Jordan to increase economic cooperation between Spain and Jordan and stress the role of the EU in the Middle East. ...
? Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand

When Arabs oppose jihadists
The Washington Times 2006/4/24
Within the past week, two Sunni Muslim leaders made clear that they won't be cowed by the likes of Hamas and Tehran's rogue-state ally, Syrian strongman Bashar Assad. One was Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who met President Bush at the White House on Tuesday. During his visit to the United States last week, Mr. Siniora spent much of his time trying to mobilize international pressure to end Damascus's interference in Lebanon. And the Jordanian government headed by King Abdullah II last week demanded that Syria and its ally Hamas cease their efforts to use the Hashemite kingdom as a transit point for weapons smuggling. ...
? Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

Lebanon's Battle for Independence
The Washington Post 2006/4/24
Lebanon's new prime minister, Fouad Siniora, visited President Bush last week as Lebanon struggles to emerge as a free and democratic country. Although Syria has withdrawn its troops from Lebanon, it has not given up the battle to influence the country through the intelligence agents it left behind.  Last week Newsweek-Washington Post's Lally Weymouth talked with Siniora in New York. ...

Lebanese PM: Al-Assad threatened Hariri
CNN 2006/4/23
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad threatened to "break" Lebanon if the late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri did not support a longer term for President Emile Lahoud, a pro-Syrian politician, Lebanon's prime minister claimed Sunday. ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

Jordan's King Abdullah appoints ex-finance minister to head office
Monsters and critics news 2006/4/23
Amman - Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday appointed controversial former finance minister, economist Bassem Awadallah, as director of his office, the royal court confirmed in a statement.   Awadallah was forced to resign last year as finance minister after a number of parliament deputies threatened to withdraw their support for former Prime Minister Adnan Badran if Awadallah remained on in the cabinet. ...

Can a new government rescue Iraq?
BBC News 2006/4/23
...In tackling the insurgency, the new regime should be better placed than the outgoing interim administration to win over disaffected Iraqi Sunnis and to win ground away from the hardcore Islamic jihadi militants, many of whom have come from outside. ...

King receives Pakistani Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/23
...King Abdullah II received on Sunday Pakistani Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Staff Gen. Ihsan Al Haq.   King Abdullah and the visiting General discussed means of cooperation between the two friendly countries, particularly the defense cooperation and exchanging expertise and training. ...

King receives UAE Foreign Minister and Chairman of National Iraqi List
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/23
...King Abdullah also met with Chairman of National Iraqi List Iyad Alawi, who highly appreciated the King's initiative for convening the Iraqi Islamic reconciliation conference which was postponed upon the Iraqi request.   King Abdullah II was content that the latest development took place in Iraq by nominating a president for Iraq, Prime Minister and Parliament Speaker were important steps to put an end for violence and tension and bring peace and security to Iraq.

King congratulates Talabani, Maliki, Mushadani
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/23
...His Majesty expressed Jordan's keenness to develop cooperation relations with Iraq and put its all capacity to support efforts aim to build Iraq and achieve security, stability and prosperity for its people.

Lebanese sectarian militias mushroom after US and France drop sanctions campaign against Damascus and ouster of president Michel Lahoud
file 2006/4/23
...The vacuum left by the withdrawal of the United States and France has sent Lebanon’s Sunnis, Shiites and Christians, running back to their armed militias for protection, while Damascus returns to asserting mastery over its small neighbor.

King urges Arabs, Muslims to help Iraq overcome crisis
The Jordan Times 2006/4/23
...“Our objective in convening this conference was to reach a religious reconciliation based on solid and common religious ideology that strengthens the unity of the Iraqi people and that contributes towards the achievement of a political solution that ultimately would relieve Iraq of its state of violence, foster its unity and stability and redirect the energy of the Iraqis to build a new Iraq whose people enjoy security and a better life.”  ...

King calls on Iraqi leaders to resort to dialogue
The Jordan Times 2006/4/23
...At a banquet held in honour of a group of Iraqi leaders yesterday, the King said the only language that should now prevail in Iraq is dialogue.   The Monarch told the visiting Iraqi leaders, who were in Amman to attend the Iraqi Islamic Reconciliation Conference scheduled for Saturday, that Jordan would continue consultations with religious and political leaderships to hold the gathering. ...

World oil prices breach $ 75 a barrel as tension mounts
The Manila Bulletin Online 2006/4/23
Oil prices vaulted to a new peak over $ 75 a barrel on Friday as investment funds snapped up crude futures and tension mounted over Iran’s nuclear intentions. ...

Hamas says a new era in relations with Syria has begun and Israel threatens to assassinate a newly appointed Palestinian official
Al-Manar TV 2006/4/22
In the latest move against the palestinian Hamas-led government, France refused to give an entry visa to the Palestinian planning minister Samir Abu Eisheh to attend a Paris conference on European-Arab dialogue. The foreign minister said this was because of an EU suspension of political level contacts with Hamas also boycotted by the US for refusing to recognize Israel and halting the resistance. ...

King Affirms on Jordanian Iraqi Deep Relations
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/22
King Abdullah II affirmed that Jordan and Iraq are historically enjoying friendly and close relations and the families that have roots in Iraq or vise versa are factors that foster the strength of Jordanian Iraqi relations.   In an interview with Editor-in-Chief of Al Sabah Al Jadid Newspaper Ismail Al Zayer on Saturday, His Majesty said the Jordanians and Arab brothers are pained by the blood that is being shed and by what they see happening in Iraq, a country that has enriched humanity with its ancient civilization, stressing that Jordan is using all available means to help Iraq overcome this situation. ...

Lebanon's Geagea calls Lahoud 'mine planted by Syria'
YaLibnan 2006/4/22
Beirut- Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, speaking Saturday on the occasion of his arrest 12 years ago, called President Emile Lahoud a "mine" that was planted by Syria and this mine should be defused. ...

Between Iraq and Israel, Jordan sees clouds with no silver lining
The Daily Star 2006/4/22
Jordanian resilience...should not be underestimated. Jordanian staying power still rests on three main pillars: the cohesion and determination of its political elite; the strength and effectiveness of the country's armed forces and security establishment; and the value of the kingdom's geopolitical centrality, due to which many powers, in the region and outside, continue to support the Hashemite regime politically, strategically and economically as an essential link in the chain of broader regional security. ...
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King Receives Iraqi Religious and Political Leaders
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/21
...Jordan will resume consultations with Iraqi political and religious leaders to hold the Iraqi Islamic Reconciliation conference (IIRC) soon to reach a common ground that could help establishing peace and security and ending tension in the country, King Abdullah said on Friday during a lunch banquet in honor of Iraqi political, religious and tribal leaders and media persons. ...
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Abbas in Jordan for Talks on PA Relations
Arutz Sheva 2006/4/21
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was set to meet with Jordanian officials to discuss current relations between the Hashemite Kingdom and the PA.   Abbas headed for Jordan in an effort to allay diplomatic tensions after a secret Hamas arms cache was discovered there. ...

US Ultimatum in Secret Talks with Iran: Give Up Nuclear Weapon Goal or Face an Arab Race for an N-Bomb
Debka-Net-Weekly 2006/4/21
...The Iranian side was thus confronted with the daunting prospect of a Middle East arms race being triggered by its nuclear weapons aspirations and branching out from the Iran-US, Iran-Israel tracks to co-opt Arab players. ...

The UN versus Hezbollah
Haaretz 2006/4/21
Six years minus one month after the Israel Defense Forces completed its withdrawal from southern Lebanon and the UN drew the "blue line" as the Israeli-Lebanese border, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan this week took the next required step. Annan called on the Lebanese government to implement previous decisions and disarm Hezbollah - an armed militia in the guise of a political and social movement. Annan also demanded completing the implementation of the Security Council resolutions to end the Syrian presence and influence in Lebanon. ...

LIBYA : Qadhafi invites Christians, Jews to Mecca
Africa News Dimension 2006/4/21
Speaking following prayers with the presidents of Mali, Sierra Leone, Niger, Mauritania and Senegal on the occasion of the Prophet Mohammed's birthday in Timbuktu, Mali, late on Monday, Qadhafi said "Mecca should be a meeting point to all people except heretics and impure".   He said that Christians and Jews are not heretics or impure and "believe in God" and should be allowed to go to pilgrimage in Mecca. ...

Chirac urges Syria to stop interfering in Lebanon
YaLibnan 2006/4/21
"France has nothing against Syria, but it simply wants Syria to cease any form of interference in Lebanon. It's unacceptable," he said at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak in Cairo Wednesday. ...

TA Attack Orders Came From Damascus
Arutz Sheva 2006/4/21
...Olmert told Friday’s meeting in Jerusalem that “Orders to carry out the last attack at the old central bus station in Tel Aviv came out of Damascus, and a report on the execution was sent back to Damascus.” ...
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Israel Threatens to Retake Gaza Strip
ABC News 2006/4/21
In a growing barrage of Israeli pressure against Hamas, a senior military commander said Israel is actively preparing to reoccupy the Gaza Strip and a powerful lawmaker said the entire Palestinian Cabinet could be targeted for assassination after the appointment of a wanted militant to head a new security force. ...

U.S. blames Damascus, Tehran for Beirut's woes
The Daily Star 2006/4/21
State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said Thursday that Syria and Iran pose a big problem to Lebanon and are not averse to interfering in the country's affairs.   Speaking during an interview with LBC Thursday, Ereli said: "Syria poses a big problem to Lebanon," adding that "Iran and Syria both have a common interest in interfering with Lebanon's affairs."   "Syria is trying to determine what happens in Lebanon and intimidating Lebanese politicians," he said.  He added that the "Shebaa Farms are being used to keep the situation in Lebanon unsettled."   Commenting on Hizbullah's weapons, he said: "You cannot have democracy and a mafia; that is why you need to disarm all mafias." ...
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U.N.'s Annan Calls on Syria, Iran To End Hizballah Support
United Nations – Secretary-General Kofi Annan again has called on Syria and Iran to stop interfering in Lebanon.   In a written report to the Security Council April 18, Annan also repeated "with urgency" that Security Council call on Syria to take measures to stop the illegal movement of weapons and people into Lebanon. ...

The “Great Kurdistan” threat
Uruknet 2006/4/20
Numbering 30 millions, Kurds are distributed over four countries, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria.  In Iraq, Massud Bargain and Jalal Talabani are said to be in a position to declare the independence of Kurdistan. The map of the new State as submitted last July to the "National Assembly" comprises territories over which the Kurds cannot have any claim…but which are oil-soaked. No doubt that such a "Great Kurdistan" if unilaterally founded would generate a string of conflicts which will destabilize the whole of the Middle East. ...

Jordan's rising Islamists demand more of a say in governance
The Daily Star 2006/4/20
The government ...called for pre-emptive war on militant forms of Islamism, which the IAF and Muslim Brotherhood feared might be used against them. In January 2006, the government charged IAF leader Jamil Abu Bakr with "harming the dignity of the state." The charges stemmed from articles on the IAF Web site that criticized the government's tendency to appoint officials thanks mainly to their connections rather than based on expertise or parliamentary consultations. The charges were dropped the following month, but the sense of harassment remained.

Arab Worries of a Rising Iran
Council On Foreign Relations 2006/4/20
...King Abdullah II of Jordan has famously warned of a "Shiite crescent" spanning Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon that could someday engulf its Sunni Arab neighbors. Arab leaders bristle at the thought of U.S. and Iranian diplomats meeting behind their backs to discuss Iraq's future. ...

Iraq Shias move to end deadlock over PM
Financial Times ( 2006/4/20
Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Thursday opened the way to the formation of a new government by agreeing to let his Shia allies reconsider his candidacy. ...As late as Wednesday, Mr Jaafari - who won the nomination by a single vote in February - had insisted that he would remain in his post despite the growing calls for him to step down not just from from Kurds and Sunnis but also secularists, and even some fellow UIA members. ...

IIRC Postponed Upon Request from Iraqi President
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/20
...Conference Spokesman Abdul Salam Abbadi said that the Iraqi president's request came during a phone call with His Majesty King Abdullah II.   ''The request was made due to Iraqi leaders' preoccupation with negotiations over the formation of a new cabinet.'' Abbadi said. On Thursday several Iraqi leaders had announced that an Iraqi parliamentary session planned for Thursday had been postponed until Saturday and would therefore hinder the participation of Iraqi leaders, according to Abbadi. ...
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Lebanon president rejects call to disband Hizbollah
Reuters 2006/4/20
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, an ally of Syria, dismissed on Thursday a U.N. suggestion that Hizbollah guerrillas merge into the army as a ploy to weaken Lebanon against its enemy Israel. ...

A letter to the Leader of the Revolution from King Abdullah II 2006/4/20
...The Jordanian royal envoy conveyed during the audience, a letter from King Abdullah II to the leader of the revolution, briefing him on the latest developments in the region, in line with their continuous consultations and coordination. ...

Syria rejects UN Lebanon border call
Times of Oman 2006/4/20
..."Syria cannot delineate the border of the Shebaa (Farms area) because it is occupied," Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in an interview Wednesday aired by Al-Jazeera television, excerpts of which were printed by Lebanese media Thursday.   How could Syria carry out the task, Muallem asked. "By sending people in by parachute to do it?" ...
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Jordan says Hamas weapons cache came from Syria
Middle East Times 2006/4/20
...Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit said "the seized weapons traveled through Syria", according to Islamist MP Azzam Al Huneidi.   "The people who brought in the weapons have relations with Hamas," Bakhit reportedly said, adding that an investigation was continuing. ...
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Erdogan tied to Islamic forces
The Washington Times 2006/4/20
Mr. Sezer's latest broadside was a statement to the War Academy that "religious fundamentalism has reached dramatic proportions." Islamic fundamentalism "is trying to infiltrate politics, education and the state, it is systematically eroding values," Mr. Sezer said.   "Religious people also have a right to politics. ... If you want to keep the faithful out of politics, the people will never forgive you," Mr. Erdogan said in response.   "Anti-secular forces are threatening Turkey and its institutions," headlined the mass-circulation Istanbul daily Cumhuriyet. ...

Mideast 'axis' forms against West
Christian Science Monitor 2006/4/20
...The alliance, which is ad hoc and tactical rather than a formalized strategic pact, includes Syria and groups such as Lebanon's Hizbullah, the Iran-backed militant Shiite organization, radical Palestinian organizations such as Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command as well as some Iraqi allies.   So far the strategy appears to be working in their favor ...

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts continues to build on the pillars of success
AME Info 2006/4/20
...The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea Jordan, one of four superior hotels managed in the Hashemite Kingdom by MH&R, embarked on an ambitious project to enhance its leisure facilities last summer. The first phase comprised of the upgraded beach and a theatrical infinity pool overlooking the Dead Sea are already operating with the further amenities scheduled for completion this summer. ...
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U.S. ambassador commends King's efforts to unite Iraqi rank
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/19
U.S. Ambassador in Amman David Hale paid tribute to His Majesty King Abdullah II TO unite the Iraqi people with the aim of building a secure, stable and prosperous country.   Jordan has become a leading country at the international and regional levels in its drive to restore stability to Iraq, said Hale who lecturing on the U.S.-Jordanian relations at the International Affairs Council on Wednesday. ...

UN's Annan: Lebanon must set its final borders with Syria
Haaretz 2006/4/19
UNITED NATIONS - Lebanon must set its borders with Syria and establish full diplomatic relations with its neighbor before it can be master of its own nation, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.   In a UN report obtained by Reuters late on Tuesday, Annan said that in turn, Syria should take up Beirut's offer of establishing diplomatic relations as well as demarcating the entire 250 km boundary between the two countries. ...
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Lebanon's Hizbollah dismisses UN demand to disarm 2006/4/19
Lebanon's Hizbollah dismissed on Wednesday a new United Nations report asking Lebanon to disarm the guerrilla group and set its borders with Syria as pandering to Israeli demands.   The report, obtained by Reuters on Tuesday and prepared by U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, was in response to Security Council resolution 1559, which demands foreign troops leave Lebanon and all militias in the country disband. ...

Hamas: Jordanian Accusations Completely Contradict Our Policy
Jordan Postpones ‘Until Further Notice” Al-Zahhar’s Visit

Palestine Media Center 2006/4/19
...Judeh told the official news agency Petra that, “rocket launchers, explosives and automatic weapons” had been seized recently by Jordanian security forces from a Hamas arms cache they discovered on Jordanian soil.   Jordan said the discovery was a serious breach of pledges by the Hamas-led Palestinian government not to meddle in Jordan's internal affairs.   “These activities contradict the positive commitments by the new Palestinian government not to use the Jordanian arena for any purposes that harm Jordan's security or for meddling in its internal affairs,” Judeh was quoted as saying.   Judeh said a planned visit by Al-Zahhar was cancelled until “further notice in light of the latest developments and the seizure of weapons.”   This was proof the Hamas movement was using double language in its dealings with Jordan, Judeh added. The discovery of the weapons is “proof that the Hamas movement uses different double language in its behavior with Jordan,” Petra cited Judeh as saying. ...
contributed by J Greco

Syria and CIA's little secret
The Washington Times 2006/4/19
...After September 11, the CIA had praised Syria for its help in the war on terror. There is some indication, however, that Syria conned CIA into thinking it was sincere on the war on terror by purposely training al Qaeda members only to turn them over to the United States.   Nevertheless, the CIA jealously covets its direct ties through the Syrian intelligence service that may reach to Bashar Assad's brother Maher who regards Bashar as weak. ...
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Wurmser knew 2006/4/18
'The residual unity of [Iraq] is an illusion projected by the extreme repression of the state.’ After Saddam, Iraq will 'be ripped apart by the politics of warlords, tribes, clans, sects, and key families,’ he wrote. 'Underneath facades of unity enforced by state repression, [Iraq’s] politics is defined primarily by tribalism, sectarianism, and gang/clan-like competition.’ Yet Wurmser explicitly urged the United States and Israel to 'expedite’ such a collapse. 'The issue here is whether the West and Israel can construct a strategy for limiting and expediting the chaotic collapse that will ensue in order to move on to the task of creating a better circumstance.’ Later, with former cia director James Woolsey and others, Wurmser proposed restoring the Jordan-based Hashemite monarchy in Iraq. ...

Real bad news in Afghanistan    Taliban regains control of much of country, Pakistan 2006/4/18
While the Bush administration is on the defensive for its conduct of the war in Iraq, the real setback in the U.S. war effort is coming in Afghanistan where the Taliban is alive, well and thriving throughout the countryside and even in much of neighboring Pakistan ...

Israel´s UN Ambassador: "Declarations of War" by PA, Syria and Iran
Arutz Sheva 2006/4/18
Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations told a Security Council session on Monday that actions by the Palestinian Authority, Syria and Iran constitute "declarations of war". Dan Gillerman cited Syria and Iran's financing of terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah, comments from Hamas leaders based in Syria and the PA, and the call by Iran's President to wipe Israel off the map as proof of their intentions to take their words to the battlefield. ...
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Adnkronos International 2006/4/18
Syria's exiled former deputy president Abd al-Halim Khaddam in a letter signed together with the leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood - the first such joint appeal - has called on Syrians to stand up to the government of president Bashar al-Assad. ...
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Regent Receives U.S. Delegation
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/18
...Prince Faisal briefed the delegation, which comprises members of U.S. Congress, on the efforts His Majesty King Abdullah II exerts to achieve peace and security in the Middle East.

Qatar pledges $50 million for Palestinian Authority
The Daily Star 2006/4/18
Qatar said on Monday it would give $50 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) despite calls from Washington and the European Union to halt funding unless the Hamas-led government recognizes Israel. The Gulf Arab state said the aid decision "stems from Qatar's support for the Palestinian people." ...

Ruined Treasures in Babylon Await an Iraq Without Fighting
The New York Times 2006/4/18
...Iraqi leaders and United Nations officials are not giving up on it. They are working assiduously to restore Babylon, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and turn it into a cultural center and possibly even an Iraqi theme park.   No one is saying this is going to happen anytime soon, but what makes the project even conceivable is that the area around Babylon is one of the safest in Iraq, a beacon of civilization, once again, in a land of chaos. ...
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Terrorists recruiting 'white Muslims' 2006/4/17
...What they planned, investigators believe, was to blow up a European embassy. But compounding their concern, they say, was the ringleader's background: Maximus turned out to be Mirsad Bektasevic, a 19-year-old Swedish citizen of Serbian origin with ties to a senior al-Qaida operative. ...

Attack on Tel Aviv Part of International Terror War on Israel
Arutz Sheva 2006/4/17
A suicide blast in Tel Aviv that killed at least 9 Israelis and wounded over 60 others is not an isolated PA terror incident, but rather part of a larger-scale war against Israel organized by Iran.   According to WorldNetDaily’s Jerusalem Bureau Chief Aaron Klein, Iran is bankrolling and providing additional support for operatives of multiple terror networks to carry out attacks on the Jewish State.   “Iran is the paymaster for Hamas, as well as for Islamic Jihad and Al Aksa Martyr’s Brigades,” Klein stated in an interview with IsraelNationalRadio’s Yishai Fleisher and Alex Traiman. ...

Syrian official: Syria will regain every inch of the Golan Heights
Haaretz 2006/4/17
QUNEITRA - Syria will regain every inch of the Golan Heights, a Syrian official said Monday as thousands of people rallied against Israel's occupation in a war-wrecked town at the foot of the plateau.   "Zionist occupiers, leave now," said a protest banner, referring to the Israel Defense Forces troops and Israeli residents who have been on the Golan Heights since it was captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. ...
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Syria Pledges to Restore the Occupied Golan
Syrian Arab News Agency 2006/4/17
Syria undertook today to restore the occupied Golan saying the independence, which was made by our people due to sacrifices and heroism, is now unaccomplished and our happiness is not complete. “ This will never be realized while the occupied Golan is under the occupation and since his folks want to go back to their houses and home as well as to their ancestors land … It is a legitimate right that should be made real by all available means,” Assistant Regional Secretary of the Baath Arab Socialist Party Mohammed Said Bkhetan said in a ceremoney on the national day representing  President Bashar al-Assad. ...
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The Media Line 2006/4/17
Iran and Syria are the first Muslim countries to accept the Palestinian plea for financial aid following the United States and European cessation of their non-humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority (P.A.). ...During the conference, Hamas leader Khalid Mash'al declared that "the Palestinians will never recognize Israel," adding that there was no point in initiating talks with Israelis. ...

Jerusalem enjoys busiest Easter for years
Middle East Times 2006/4/17
JERUSALEM --  Thousands of Christians from around the world attended church services in Jerusalem on Easter Sunday, in the busiest Easter weekend since the start of the Palestinian uprising five years ago. ...

The Dangers - Then and Now - of a Pre-Emptive Strike
History News Network 2006/4/17
Reports that Pentagon officials are actively discussing plans for using nuclear weapons to prevent Iran from building its own A-bomb reveal that President Bush is falling victim to the same lack of imagination that led John F. Kennedy to think he could attack China to keep it from getting the bomb without igniting a major war. ...if the United States were to enlist Israel's considerable expertise and knowledge of Iran to assist in an attack, the consequences would multiply exponentially. Just imagine: Two nations already suspected in the Middle East of collusion against the Arab world actually be joining forces to attack a Muslim nation in the first use of nuclear weapons since World War II. ...

Pope pleads for peaceful end to nuclear stand-off
Irish 2006/4/17
POPE BENEDICT XVI yesterday urged the use of diplomacy to defuse nuclear crises, in a clear reference to worries over Iran, and prayed that Palestinians would have their own state alongside that of Israel. ...
Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

Secular Iraqis Propose Emergency Government
LA Times 2006/4/17
Iraqi leaders worked Saturday to resolve their impasse over who will rule the country, with a secular coalition proposing an emergency government that would supersede election results and Shiite clerics conferring on how best to preserve their sect's newfound power. ...

A Doomsday Scenario 2006/4/17
On a clear spring day in Washington, televisions, radios and the Internet explode with shocking news -- assassination attempts on world leaders have taken place from Paris to Athens. In the span of only a few hours, high-level Western politicians, corporate executives and military personnel are kidnapped or simply disappear. Throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, bomb blasts in major cities and random acts of violence by armed gangs are reported. Unexplained illnesses in schools, businesses and public transportation centers leave thousands of people literally “falling down” sick.   Severe atmospheric disturbances ...

King, Queen in UK
The Jordan Times 2006/4/17
King Abdullah and Queen Rania on Sunday left for the United Kingdom on a three-day visit ...

Qatar commends economic transformation process in Jordan
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/16
Qatar paid tribute to Jordan's economic policies that have made Jordan a hub for foreign investors and boosted trust in the country's economy.   Chairman of Qatar's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mohammad al-Man'e said economic transformation, which included updated legislation and a highly developed service projects has attracted more foreign investment to the country. ...
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Jordanian company purchase government share in Yugoslavian Sugar processing plant
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/16
A Jordanian investment firm has purchased all of the Serbian (former Yugoslavia) government 25 per cent share of the biggest sugar production plant in Serbia and Mount Negro, a deal that makes the plant completely owned by the company. Al Masri Group for Investment (MGI) bought the 75 per cent share in 2002. ...
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King congratulates President of Zimbabwe
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/16
King Abdullah II sent on Sunday a cable to President of the Republic Of Zimbabwe Robert G. Mugabe
Congratulating him in His name ...
? John 5:43 "I am come in my Father's name (HASHEM), and ye receive me not: if another shall come "in his own name" (HASHEMITE), him ye will receive.

King congratulates President al-Assad
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/16
King Abdullah II sent on Sunday a cable to President of the Republic Of Syria Bashar al-Assad
Congratulating him in His name ...
? John 5:43 "I am come in my Father's name (HASHEM), and ye receive me not: if another shall come "in his own name" (HASHEMITE), him ye will receive.

King visits Circassian charitable society
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/16
...King Abdullah II on Sunday paid tribute to remarkable contribution of the Circassian and Chechnya community in Jordan to back development efforts in the Kingdom. During a visit to the Circassian Charitable Society where he met notables and public figures representing the Circassian and Chechnya tribes, King Abdullah looked into programs and activities being carried out by the society, the first charitable organization to be established in Jordan in 1932.

King meets Board of Trustees of HFBD
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/16
..."It's important to set up criterions that are applicable for measurement, evaluation and reviewing for all projects," King Abdullah said, adding these projects should have positive impacts on the citizens.   ...King Abdullah called for conducting a study to allocate agricultural land in the Badia in the name of HFBD to establish generating income projects under the supervision of the Fund.   "The government will implement King's directives and put Badia citizens' demands at its forefront priorities," Bakhit said. ...

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Announcement of the Bureau of the Royal Household Concerning the Royal Visit of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Thais News 2006/4/16
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will pay a Royal Visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the invitation of Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from the 17th to the 22nd of April 2006.   During this trip, Her Royal Highness will be received in audience by Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Hashmite Kingdom of Jordan who will graciously host a dinner in honour of Her Royal Highness on the 18th of April 2006....
Now it appears that King Abdullah II can be in two Kingdoms at once.  Isn't he amazing!  How does he do that?  See above Jordan Times article.

Tensions rise in Iran stand-off after US invasion plans revealed
The Post.IE 2006/4/16
in early winter, the Pentagon presented the White House with an attack plan against Iran. According to Hersh, the Pentagon’s plan depends heavily on the use of bunker-buster nuclear bombs against Iran’s underground nuclear facilities.

Son of Jordan's American-born Queen Noor marries Saudi woman
Pravda 2006/4/16
Prince Hashim, the half-brother of Jordan's King Abdullah II, married a Saudi woman, the official Petra news agency reported. ...Hashim, 25, is the son of the late King Hussein and American-born Lisa Halaby, who took the name of Queen Noor when she converted to Islam upon her marriage on June 15, 1978. Hussein died of cancer in February 1999. ...

Iran Threatens to Destroy Israel, Elected to UN Commission
Arutz Sheva 2006/4/15
...Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated Iran's goal of "wiping Israel off the map." Speaking at a conference of visiting heads of Arab terrorist groups operating in areas under Palestinian Authority control, Ahmadinejad said, "Whether you like it or not, the Zionist regime is on the road to being eliminated." ...Ahmadinejad announced last Tuesday that Iran had successfully enriched uranium in order to produce nuclear fuel, in violation of a call by the UN Security Council for Iran to end the project.   The day before, the UN's Disarmament Commission elected Iran's Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi as one of its three vice-chairs. ...

OIC body calls to contain ‘Islamophobia’
Khaleej Times Online 2006-4-15
JEDDAH — ‘Islamophobia’ featured high on the agenda of the fourth conference of the Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) that began in Istanbul on Wednesday.   Referring to the recent cartoon crisis triggered by the publication in European newspapers, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, urged Muslim countries to increase their efforts to contain the rise of ‘Islamophobia’ in Europe, according to information made available to Arab News here on Thursday. ...

Policy Watch: Putin and Castro 2006/4/15
At a time when Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be cozying up to anti-American rulers such as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, Bashar Assad in Syria, and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, it is highly remarkable that he does not have close relations with Cuba's Fidel Castro who remains as anti-American as ever. If anything, Russian-Cuban relations have gotten worse since Putin came to power at the end of 1999. Why is this? ...

Hezbollah leader: 'There will be no return to civil war'
YaLibnan 2006/4/15
..."America's real plan is to fuel a civil war, while the national plan is for all Lebanese to live in peace with one another," Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday. "There will be no return to civil war. All the political powers as well as the media must work to reduce religious tensions and make everyone understand that they will not allow Lebanon to be destroyed again." ...Nasrallah, who met on Thursday with the former president of Iran, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Damascus was given a good advice by Rafsanjan : Don’t let your disputes transform Lebanon into a "battle field". ...


The Temple Mount Faithful Movement Will March to the Temple Mount to Make a Pesach Pilgrimage to the Temple Mount on the 16th Nissan 5766
(April 14, 2006)
We Shall Bring With Us the Omer Offering and Blow the Silver Trumpets of the Third Temple

Free Market News Network 2006/4/14
Al-Qaida in Iraq and its presumed leader, Abu Musab Zarqawi, have conceded strategic defeat and are on their way out of the country, a top U.S. military official contended yesterday. The group's failure to disrupt national elections and a constitutional referendum last year "was a tactical admission by Zarqawi that their strategy had failed," said Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, who commands the XVIII Airborne Corps. ...

King Abdullah follows up on Rweished development projects
The Jordan Times 2006/4/14

Dead Sea tourism hit by fears of nearing ecological disaster
Haaretz 2006/4/14
...a new hole half-a-meter across and at least 20 meters deep.   Geologists agree that the reason accounting for the appearance of the sink holes is the drop in the Dead Sea level, combined with the flow of fresh ground water that dissolves the salt in the soil. More than 1,000 holes have appeared since the phenomenon was first identified in the mid-1990s. The Geological Survey of Israel has published a map of risk areas for sink holes that includes the entire eastern coast of the Dead Sea, from the Qalia beach to the Masada area and including large parts of the road along the Dead Sea.   The situation is expected to worsen as the sea continues to sink. ...

Russia, China risk much by not cooperating on Iran 2006/4/14
...although Iran is Islamic and shares Arab antipathies to Israel, it is not an Arab nation. Given its bellicosity and ties to terrorism, it might welcome greater turmoil throughout the Middle East. Iran might see that as a way of keeping the Arab world off balance, leaving it -- outside of Israel -- the dominant indigenous military power in the region.   If Iran's radicalism is further inflamed by a sense of religious mission in striking at the "foes" of Islam, it will truly be a dangerous situation for the world. ...Russia and China might find tactical advantage in using Iran to complicate U.S. efforts in Iraq. But they should understand just how much they risk in hampering international efforts to contain Iran.

Iran rebuffs request by the UN nuclear agency
Pravda 2006/4/14
...Ahmadinejad said enrichment was a line in the sand from which the Iranians would not retreat. ''We won't hold talks with anyone about the right of the Iranian nation (to enrich uranium), and no one has the right to retreat, even one iota," the president was quoted as saying by Islamic Republic News Agency.   ''Our answer to those who are angry about Iran achieving the full nuclear fuel cycle is just one phrase. We say: 'Be angry at us and die of this anger,' " Ahmadinejad said. ...

Saddam and Osama: The New Revelations 2006/4/14
...One IIS document, in particular, has received significant attention. The document was apparently authored in early 1997 and summarizes a number of contacts between Iraqi Intelligence and Saudi oppositionist groups, including al Qaeda, during the mid 1990’s. The document says that in early 1995 bin Laden requested Iraqi assistance in two ways. First, bin Laden wanted Iraqi television to carry al Qaeda’s anti-Saudi propaganda. Saddam agreed. Second, bin Laden requested Iraqi assistance in performing “joint operations against the foreign forces in the land of Hijaz.” That is, bin Laden wanted Iraq’s assistance in attacking U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia. ...

King calls for helping low- income citizens
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/13
His Majesty King Abdullah II called on the government to speed up searching for effective ways to alleviate suffering of low- income citizens. ...King Abdullah said that the government should accelerate the Implementation of the housing project designed for low-income citizens, calling for widening the umbrella of the project to cover 2,000 families. ...

King Visits Rweished
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/13
His Majesty King Abdullah II visited on Thursday Rweished area in northern Badia to inspect projects being implemented there, such as the water- harvesting project. ...''Our priorities focus on implementing projects and programs that improve the standard of citizens' living,'' King Abdullah II said during the visit.
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Jordanian Royals Forge SA Trade Links
South African 2006/4/13
During a whirlwind, private visit to South Africa this week, the royal family of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan spent a day at the Hazendal wine estate in the Bottelary Hills. King Abdullah II, Queen Rania and Prince Hussein enjoyed a leisurely day exploring the historic Hazendal Wine estate, which dates back to 1699. ...Since he came to the throne in 1999, King Abdullah II has been actively promoting the need for private investment and solid private-public partnerships as the only foundation for sustainable economic and social development. In February 2001, he instated special bylaws in an effort to transform the city of Aqaba into a Special Economic Zone. This economic status is expected to foster investments to the value of six billion dollars within the next 20 years and simultaneously create over 70,000 new jobs. ...
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Pres. Assad congratulates Iran for joining world nuclear club
Islamic Republic News Agency 2006/4/13
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad congratulated the Iranian nation and government on the occasion of IRI's joining of the world nuclear club here Wednesday in a meeting with Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani.   Hojatoleslam Rafsanjani who had arrived in Damascus atop a political delegation on Wednesday morning met and conferred with the Syrian leader in the afternoon.   According to IRNA correspondent in Damascus, President Assad added, "The announcement of that good news was delighting for the Syrian nation as it was for our brethren Iranian nation." ...
The Syrian leader added, "We hope to hold very positive and significant rounds of talks on issues of mutual interest." Considering all regional Islamic countries as "civilized and deep-rooted", Assad reiterated, "The occupiers, particularly the Americans and Israelis, have to leave this region one day, while the regional countries would remain here constantly, and strongly." ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

Khaddam Offers to be Jumblatt's attorney
YaLibnan 2006/4/13
...Khaddam made his proposal during a telephone conversation with Jumblatt, who answered that he had no objections.   A Syrian military court in Feb. issued a lawsuit against Jumblatt for "inciting the U.S. administration to occupy Syria" as well as "defaming" Damascus by blaming it for attacks on anti-Syrian figures. ...

Iran will 'not give in to pressure': Rafsanjani 2006/4/13
Influential former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Tehran would not give in to UN pressures to halt its enrichment of uranium, which he hailed as a great achievement, AFP reported.   "Iran will not give in to pressure," the powerful clergyman said at the beginning of a four-day visit to close Iranian ally, Syria, the official SANA news agency reported. ...

Al-Qaeda no. 2: We must eliminate Israel
YNetNews 2006/4/13
Al-Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri praised insurgents in Iraq – particularly Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - and called on all Muslims to support them in a video posted Thursday on the internet. ...

Al-Qaeda no. 2 urges Hamas to fight on
YNetNews 2006/4/13
In video footage broadcast on Al-Jazeera, Ayman al-Zawahiri calls on group to continue armed struggle, not to accept 'surrender accords' between Israel, PA ...

King visits Royal Air forces Headquarters
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/13
...King Abdullah II, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces on Wednesday visited the Royal Air Forces Headquarters.
King Abdullah listened to a briefing by Royal Air Forces Commander on tasks assigned to air force personnel and other training and administrative issues. ...

Majali's remarks at OIC parliament meeting
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/12
Speaker of the House of Deputies Abdel Salam al-Majali on Monday called upon Islamic parliaments to back King Abdullah's call to Iraqi religious leaders and top figures to convene in Amman later this month to discuss means of ending the mounting tension in Iraq and to come up with a united stand that could preserve Iraq's unity and territorial integrity.   In his remarks before the OIC parliamentary meeting currently held in Istanbul, Majali urged the parliamentarians to contribute to the success of the King's initiative ...

Olmert: Convergence within 18 months
The Jerusalem Post 2006/4/12
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he intends to finalize plans for a large pullout from parts of the West Bank within the next 18 months. ..."The State of Israel will change the face of the region," Olmert said of his plan. "I will not miss this opportunity."   Olmert rejected the possibility of sharing control of Jerusalem and its main holy sites with a future Palestinian state, though he left open the option that some Arab neighborhoods surrounding the capital could eventually fall under Palestinian sovereignty. "Dividing Jerusalem will not bring peace, only more fighting," he said. ...

Latin Patriarch calls for Israel-Hamas dialogue
The Jerusalem Post 2006/4/12
Israel should initiate diplomatic relations with Hamas without preconditions, said Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah during his Easter message Tuesday.   "Dialogue is the only way to go if Israel wants peace and security and wants to put an end to the never-ending tragedy of the Palestinian and Israeli peoples," said Sabbah ...

The Royal Film Commission (RFC) announces its participation in the e-Village Project at Mleih and Lib
AME Info 2006/4/12
...The e-Village Project is a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to establish a vibrant and economically independent rural community where information and communications technology is deployed to achieve a better quality of life for all its citizens, particularly women and girls. The project is implemented by the Arab States Regional Office of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) as part of their partnerships with the Government of Jordan and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT). ...
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Qadhafi: Christians, Jews should see Mecca
Middle Eat Times 2006/4/12
BAMAKO, Mali --  Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi called for allowing Christians and Jews to perform pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam's holiest place. ...He said that Christians and Jews are not heretics or impure and "believe in God" and should be allowed to go to pilgrimage in Mecca.   Qadhafi challenged Muslim religious leaders to allow US President George W. Bush to enter the main mosque in Mecca and pray there, while considering him impure or a heretic.   "If [Muslim leaders] consider him impure, why do they befriend him and eat with him," Qadhafi asked.   He said that the West committed a mistake by considering Prophet Mohammed as the guide of Muslims only. ...Qadhafi also called for reviewing the Bible, which he considers to be "false and phony".

Israel reacts to perceived Iran 'nuke plan'
Middle East Times 2006/4/12
JERUSALEM --  Shortly after Iran said that it managed to enrich uranium, Israel called for "a broad and determined international coalition" to stop Tehran's nuclear project. ...Military action "could last days, possibly weeks and needs a logistic backup accompanied by a prolonged diplomatic activity. It is going to be a campaign ... [and in it] we will have a weighty respectable role that would accompany the diplomatic moves," Ben-Eliyahu said.   The 1981 bombing of Iraq's nuclear reactor was an Israel-only operation and lasted a few minutes but the Iranian case will be different, he added. "We need very thorough preparations ... So we wait another week, prepare a better plan. It's better to reduce the risks," he said.

DEBKAfile: Iran’s ex-president Hashemi Rafsanjani in Damascus to redouble pressure on Washington
DEBKAfile 2006/4/12
...They describe Tehran’s motives as being to try and put the Americans on the spot of having to appeal to its clerical leaders for a key to a political solution and calm in Iraq. Israel is to be taught a lesson by being shown forcefully who controls Hizballah’s terrorist campaign and apprised of Tehran’s deepening grip on the Palestinians. Iran seeks to drive home its ability to open yet another front against Israel. ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

Saudis Plan Longest Wall in the World
The New York Sun 2006/4/11
Saudi Arabia intends to try to isolate itself from Al Qaeda terrorists based in Iraq by building a "security fence" along the 560-mile border it shares with its troubled neighbor, the London Times reported.   The purpose of the barrier, which would be the longest wall in the world, was reported to be "an attempt to improve internal security and bolster its defenses against external threats." ...

Democracy in the Arab World, a U.S. Goal, Falters
The New York Times 2006/4/11
...Analysts and officials say the political rise of Islamists, the chaos in Iraq, the newfound Shiite power in Iraq with its implication for growing Iranian influence, and the sense among some rulers that they can wait out the end of the Bush administration have put the brakes on democratization.   "It feels like everything is going back to the bad old days, as if we never went through any changes at all," said Sulaiman al-Hattlan, editor in chief of Forbes Arabia and a prominent Saudi columnist and advocate. "Everyone is convinced now that there was no serious or genuine belief in change from the governments. It was just a reaction to pressure by the international media and the U.S." ...In Jordan, where King Abdullah II has made political change and democratization mandates, proponents see their hand weakened, with a document advocating change put on the back burner. Parliamentary elections in Qatar were postponed again, to 2007, while advocacy groups say that laws regulating the emergence of nongovernmental organizations have stymied their development. ...

Israel calls on world to stop Iran
World Peace Herald 2006/4/11
JERUSALEM -- Shortly after Iran said it managed to enrich uranium, Israel called for "a broad and determined international coalition" to stop Teheran's nuclear project.   The Israeli call followed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's report that on Sunday Iran produced enriched uranium with the purity needed for a nuclear power station. ...

ICCI President Highlights King's Efforts in Achieving Investment
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/11
President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Sheikh Saleh Kamel hailed efforts being exerted by His Majesty King Abdullah II to achieve comprehensive economic development and increase Arab, Islamic and foreign investments in the Kingdom. ...
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King Patronizes Celebration on the Occasion of Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/11

His Majesty King Abdullah II patronized on Tuesday a ceremony on the occasion of Prophet Muhammad's Birthday.   The ceremony was held at Late King Hussein bin Talal Mosque, which was opened by King Abdullah II today.   The King joined worshippers in performing the noon prayers at the Mosque, which is the largest in the Kingdom.   The Mosque, located near Al Hussein Park, was established by a donation from His Majesty King II. ...He also that Amman Message, which was launched by the King, aims at clarifying the true image of Islam, pointing to the Hashemite family's role in rebuilding mosques and renovating religious sits in the Kingdom. ...
Perhaps the King should spend some of our US dollars to tutor their news press in spelling, English grammar, composition, and ...oh yes...proof reading.

Israeli Army storms the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem
International Middle East Media Center 2006/4/11
...The soldiers targeted archbishop Atallah Hanna's house, and delivered  a military notice from the Intelligence Bureau, ordering Hanna to report to Al-Maskobiya detention center west of the city  for interrogation. ...

Iran priming Hezbollah for war with U.S., Israel?
WorldNetDaily 2006/4/11
Iran is attempting to draw Lebanon into a conflict with the U.S. and Israel and is priming the Hezbollah militia to assault the Jewish state in the event of an attack against Iran's nuclear facilities, Lebanon's Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said in an interview...."Lebanon is being used by the Iranians as a front which could be used if the Americans retaliate against Iran's nuclear facilities. Lebanon is now entangled in a greater axis. It is no longer independent," said Jumblatt ...

Assad back to square one in cooperation
YaLibnon 2006/4/11
...Damascus has returned to square one on cooperation with the UN and with the Lebanese.   Even those political observers that felt Detlev Mehlis was tough on Syria ...when he accused them of lack of cooperation...are now of the opinion that Syria can no longer hide the fact that they are behind the murder of Hariri and that is why the leadership there is extremely nervous about meeting with Brammertz or any senior investigators. ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

America Asia Petroleum Applies for Development Grant in Jordan
PRNewswire 2006/4/11
America Asia Petroleum (OTC Pink Sheets: AAPM), announced today that it has been requested to give a proposal to the Country of Jordan for a grant in the development of Jordan's oil shale resources.   The $310,000 technical assistance grant from the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will be used to analyze current shale oil extraction and recovery processes and technologies and to apply the best international expertise to the development of the shale oil industry in Jordan. ...
? Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand

Next Year in West Jerusalem
Israel Hasbara Committee 2006/4/10
The pattern of media distortion and apathy of this Jewish generation, who has adopted "peace at any price," is paving the way for the abandonment of Jerusalem, the writer declares.   Jerusalem, which has been mentioned hundreds of times in the Jewish Bible [about 645 times] and not once in the Koran, may soon be thrown away to appease Arafat's heirs in Hamastan. The successive stages of the absurd "peace processes," beginning with the Madrid Conference, then Oslo, then Barak's concessions, accompanied by Arab terror, have eaten away at the sap of the Israelis' resolve. Little by little they relinquished portions of Judea and Samaria, in Jericho, Hebron, and more. Now, Olmert is planning to uproot 70,000 to 80,000 Jewish residents and give up what is left, for nothing. These insane concessions, urged on by American administrations, the European Union, and the United Nations, are now threatening to divide Jerusalem and establish an Arab capital at the gates of the City, giving up the Temple Mount, which is the holiest Jewish site. ...
Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

Hamas: Israel severing security ties with PA is 'declaration of war'
Haaretz 2006/4/10
The Palestinian leadership reacted furiously Monday to Israel's decision to sever ties with the Palestinian government, with Hamas calling the move "a declaration of war," and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas accusing Israel of breaking international law.   Prime Minister-designate Ehud Olmert said Sunday that Israel would end relations with the PA, which it now viewed as a "hostile" entity, and would act to prevent Hamas from becoming an established government. ...

Jordan calls for end of violence in Iraq and resumption mideast negotiations
Bahrain News Agency 2006/4/10
Jordanian government's official spokesman, Nasser Juda, said contacts WERE still on to push for holding the Conference on Iraqi Religious Leaders, called for by Jordanian Monarch King Abdullah II, asserting that the Jordanian attitude champions a political solution to the current sectarian violence. ...

Jordanian Monarch calls for joint Islamic action
Bahrain News Agency 2006/4/10
During a meeting in Amman, today, with Chairman of OIC 57-member Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Shaikh Salah Kamil, the Jordanian Monarch stressed the need to eliminate the setbacks impeding commercial and investment activities between Islamic countries, asserting that Jordan, with its strategic geographical location in the centre of the Islamic world, can play an effective role in this respect. ...
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Our World: The Jordanian option
The Jerusalem Post 2006/4/10
...there is little reason to think that a confederative or federative arrangement that would place Jordan in charge of the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria would necessitate any limitation on the right of Israel to remain responsible for the Israelis who live in the areas. Clear and straightforward arrangements regarding citizenship and security responsibilities for both the Palestinians and the Israelis can be reached with little more than a handshake given the depth of both Israel and Jordan's shared interests. ...

Jumblatt scoffs at subpoena, threatens to 'sue all of Syria'
The Daily Star 2006/4/10
BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt fired back at Damascus Sunday, vowing to "sue all of Syria." The Syrian penal tribunal that issued subpoenas against him announced on Saturday that lawyers from five different Arab countries are prepared to take part in the trial against Jumblatt, Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamade and Journalist Fares Khashan. ...

Sunnis reaffirm opposition to prime minister
MSNBC 2006/4/10
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Shiite politicians failed Monday to persuade Sunni Arabs and Kurds to soften their opposition to a second term for Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, leaving the Shiites with little choice but to replace him if they want to break the deadlock on a new government. ...

Jordan is preparing to host Iraqi Islamic reconciliation conference
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/10
...The IIRC is expected to be held in Amman under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah in cooperation of the Al al Bayt Foundation for Islamic Thought and the Arab League with participation of key Iraqi religious clerics representing Sunnis, Shi'is and Kurds in Iraq.
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Syrian court charges ex-vice-president Khaddam with plotting to overthrow government 2006/4/9
DAMASCUS, Syria — A military court has charged a former vice president who defected last year with inciting a foreign attack against Syria and plotting to take power, an official close to the court told The Associated Press today. ...

Democracy in the Arab World, a U.S. Goal, Falters
The New York Times 2006/4/9
Steps toward democracy in the Arab world, a crucial American goal that just months ago was cause for optimism — with elections held in Iraq, Egypt and the Palestinian areas — are slowing, blocked by legal maneuvers and official changes of heart throughout the Middle East.   Analysts and officials say the political rise of Islamists, the chaos in Iraq, the newfound Shiite power in Iraq ...

King meets Ma'an dignitaries
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/9
...Addressing tribal leaders and notables from Ma'an at the Royal Court, King Abdullah said "I can see that poverty and unemployment form a big barrier to you and we have a strategy for Ma'an and numerous ideas about specific projects."The government is serious in improving your living conditions and we hope the people of Ma'an will feel the change clearly on the ground through development projects investors will be directed to launch in Ma'an," His Majesty said. ...
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$5 billion urban regeneration project to be launched in Aqaba
Under the Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, one of the largest urban regeneration projects to be undertaken in the history of Jordan and the region  ...Crystallising the vision of HM King Abdullah II, this partnership between Horizon and ASEZA presents a strategic partnership between the public and private sectors, to put into operation Aqaba's local urban regeneration. Its vision is aligned with the overall development strategy and mission that ASEZA is implementing in Aqaba, to enhance the community quality of life through sustainable development in order to create a globally competitive investor friendly environment that will act as the catalyst for the overall economic growth of Jordan.
? Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand

Kazakhstan Delegation Begins Visit to Jordan
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/9
...Director General of the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) Mazin Humoud briefed the delegation ..."His Majesty King Abdullah II visit to Kazakhstan and his meeting with the Kazakhstan President Nour Sultan Nizar Baeive contributed to promoting cultural, health, industrial and tourism relations between the two countries," he said. ...
? Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand

Mubarak warns Iraq war could spill over into entire Middle East if US withdraws its troops.
DEBKAfile reveals secret conference in Cairo

DEBKAfile 2006/4/8
DEBKAfile’s Exclusive Sources reveal: Arab intelligence chiefs conferred in Cairo urgently and secretly a few hours earlier on ways to put a stop to Iran’s advancing takeover of Iraq. Egyptian intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman called together colleagues of the key Middle East and Gulf Sunni regimes to align positions on the US-Iranian talks opening in Baghdad on Iraq’s future. They fear Tehran will make the running because of the ground Washington lost when on April 4 US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and UK foreign secretary Jack Straw failed to achieve a breakthrough in the stalled Iraqi talks on a national unity government four months after Iraq’s general election. ...
This could very well be the catalyst that brings to pass the prophecy of Revelation 6:2 ..."a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer"... at a time somewhere shortly down the road, in order to prevent what they now fear is beginning to happen regarding Iran's "takeover of Iraq".

The Question of Jerusalem
Oregon Magazine 2006/4/8
...From a racial standpoint, Jerusalem is probably best described as "Semitic" in origin -- assuming the Jebusites were from that human group.  If that is the case, then since both Arabs and Jews are Semitic peoples, it seems they have an equal right to the town.  But, from a religious standpoint, it is most certainly the Jews, not the Moslems, who have the edge.  Jerusalem was theirs thousands of years before Islam was born.

Iraqi official: 'It's civil war' 2006/4/8
A senior official in the Iraqi government has for the first time admitted the country is in a state of civil war. ..."On a daily basis Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians are being killed and the only undeclared thing is that a civil war has not been officially announced by the parties involved. Civil war is happening but not on a wide scale."   Mr Kamal's admission mirrors the words of former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi who last month said Iraq was in civil war. ...
Now more than ever it seems to be the perfect time for King Abdullah II of Jordan to step in and work his Peace magic.

A 5bln development project to kick off in Aqaba
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/8
Under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) and Horizon Holding company for Development to launch a five-billion dollar project in Aqaba, deemed to be one of the biggest developmental project in the region. ...
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Assad won't see Siniora but Bush will!
YaLibnan 2006/4/7
US President George W. Bush has invited Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to visit Washington in a show of U.S. support to the fledgling Lebanese government that is seeking to liberate itself from Syrian influence and implement a challenging economic reform program. ...

Egypt penetrates Israeli air space for first time since 1967 War 2006/4/7
...The sources said over the last few months Egyptian military helicopters have entered Israeli air space several times. They said the Egyptian flights sparked an alert of the Israel Air Force, which sent fighter-jets to intercept the Egyptian aircraft.   In one case, the sources said, an Egyptian military French-origin Gazelle helicopter crossed the Israeli border and appeared headed toward the nuclear reactor at Dimona. ...

A Palestinian al Qaeda operative is captured in IDF raid of Hizme village northeast of Jerusalem
DEBKAfile 2006/4/7
DEBKAfile adds: The Palestinian detained at Hizme is the second al Qaeda operative Israeli security has detained, bound for attacks in Israel.   This week, Jordanian intelligence briefed Palestinian Authority chairman Abu Mazen on the al Qaeda networks established in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, which call themselves Salahedin’s Victory Brigades. He was warned that they had taken to using Palestinian women as couriers for moving instructions, weapons and explosives, a method employed by Abu Musab al Zarqawi in Iraq. ...

Column One: The rise of the Islamist axis
The Jerusalem Post 2004/4/7
On Monday, Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported that part of Ukraine's Soviet-era nuclear arsenal may well have found its way to Iran. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainians agreed to transfer the Soviet nuclear arsenal that remained in Ukraine after its independence to Russia. According to Novaya Gazeta, some 250 nuclear warheads never made it to Russia and are thought to have been sent to Iran instead. The report further noted that the warheads will remain operational until 2010. ...

Why George W. Bush declined, and how he can recover
Israel Insider 2006/4/7
...Simply by making King Abdullah change the name of his Kingdom from Jordan to Palestine, Mr. Bush will go a long way toward establishing true peace in the Middle East -- peace based on historic truth, justice, and God's will as stated in the Bible. ...

U.S. condemns issuance of warrants by Syria for Lebanese officials
Kuwait News Agency 2006/4/7
The United States condemns the reported issuance of warrants by a Syrian military court for Lebanese Parliamentarian Walid Jumblatt, Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh and journalist Fares Kashan to appear for questioning in a case accusing them of "inciting the U.S. administration to occupy Syria" and "defaming" Damascus, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said on Thursday. ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

DEBKAfile Reveals: A Saudi al Qaeda operative captured ten months ago is in an Israeli jail. Saudis want him handed over
DEBKAfile 2006/4/6
Sources in Riyadh report the Saudis seek custody of Abdul Rahman Al-Atwi, 36. If the handover takes place, it will be the first time Israel has ever passed an Islamic terrorist to Saudi Arabia, a country which has no diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.   DEBKAfile’s counter terror sources reveal how the episode developed ...

Bakhit Stresses Jordan's Support to Palestinians
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/6
Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit stressed that Jordan will remain the closest to the Palestinians and their issue. ...'' We are one family and we have to preserve the security and stability of Jordan,'' said the premier, noting that having a stable and strong Jordan is very important to serving the Palestinian issue. ...

King Receives RCP Fellowship Certificate
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/6
King Abdullah II received on Thursday President of the British Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Professor Carol Black and the RCP international director professor Roger Williams.   During the meeting, the King was awarded RCP's fellowship certificate in recognition of His Majesty's efforts in supporting the medical sector in Jordan. ...For his part, Professor Williams presented a briefing on the College. He also praised the King's efforts to establish peace and stability in the region.

The New Hamas Government: Between Tactical Pragmatism and Al-Qaeda Jihadism
Juseoscope 2006/4/6
The establishment of the first Palestinian Islamic government constitutes the culmination of the “Green Revolution” that Hamas has led in recent years in the Palestinian Authority. ...This was the first time that the Muslim Brotherhood has used the electoral process successfully to take virtually exclusive control of an Arab regime in the very heart of the Arab world. ...Unlike the Hashemite kingdom, which has not succeeded in creating a Jordanian identity that unites Jordanians and Palestinians, the Muslim Brotherhood offers an outlook that could unite Muslims under the flag of Islam without regard to ethnic origin.

Pope will visit Israel, says Peres 2006/4/6
Pope Benedict has said he will visit Israel early in 2007, veteran Israeli politician Shimon Peres said after a meeting with the pontiff on Thursday . ...

US says Iraqi militant behind kidnapping caught
The Washington Post 2006/4/6
Iraqi forces have captured the prime suspect in the kidnapping of Italian journalist Guiliana Sgrena, the U.S. military said on Thursday   The statement said Muhammad al-Ubaydi, a former senior intelligence official under Saddam Hussein with close ties to the al-Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was arrested on March 7. ...

Analysis: Summit may be Iraq's last chance for peace
World Peace Herald 2006/4/6
...The conference expects to build upon the International Islamic Conference on "True Islam and its Role in Modern Society" hosted by King Abdullah in July 2005. ...The Amman Declaration recognized the legitimacy of all eight of the traditional schools of Islamic religious law (madhhabs): the Sunni, Shiite and Ibadi branches of Islam, as well as traditional Asharite theology, Islamic mysticism (Sufism) and moderate Salafi thought.   The declaration exposed the illegitimacy of the so-called fatwas justifying terrorism as being outside of orthodox Islamic religious law and in clear violation of Islam's core principles. This consensus was adopted by the entire Islamic world at the Organization of the Islamic Conference summit held in Mecca in December 2005.   The forthcoming conference will utilize the Mecca agreement on religious principles as the doctrinal basis for the Iraqi Islamic Reconciliation Summit's final declaration.
contribution and comments by Joseph Greco

12 Holy Land Christian, Catholic leaders call Israeli, Palestinian gov’ts to peace
Catholic Online 2006/4/6
Twelve church leaders representing Christian faith communities here have called on Israeli government officials to resume to peace negotiations and on Palestinian leaders to send a clear message of peace to Israeli citizens. ...“The vast majority of the Israelis and Palestinians are tired of the conflict and eager to live in security, peace and justice.” ...

How Will Rome Face Mecca? 2006/4/6
...Cardinal Renato Martino -- the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Vatican's former ambassador to the United Nations -- said that the Italian government should allow the Koran to be taught during the hour mandated for Catholic religious instruction.   "If there are 100 Muslim children in a school, I don't see why they shouldn't be taught their religion," Martino said in a press conference March 9. "If we said 'no' until we saw equivalent treatment for the Christian minorities in Muslim countries, I would say that we were placing ourselves on their level."

Iraq is Splitting
ZNet 2006/4/6
Iraq is splitting into three different parts. Everywhere there are fault lines opening up between Sunni, Shia and Kurd. ...It is strange to hear George Bush and John Reid deny that a civil war is going on, given that so many bodies - all strangled, shot or hanged solely because of their religious allegiance - are being discovered every day. ...Most probably war is coming, but it will not be fought in all parts of Iraq. It will essentially be a battle for Baghdad between Sunni and Shia Arabs. ...

Jordan to host Iraqi Islamic reconciliation summit
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/5
...The conference also will be attended by a number of major religious figures from the Islamic world including the top religious figures from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria, the Gulf and Iran. Egypt's Shaykh al-Azhar Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi and Arab League Secretary General Amr Musa are expected to join the King in denouncing extremist misinterpretation of Islam that feed the sectarian violence in Iraq. Together they will reaffirm the underlying values and principles shared by all branches of Islam. ...The King is uniquely poised to facilitate this summit because as a forty-third generation direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and thus a member of the Aal al-Bayt (the household of Prophet Pbuh), he enjoys unique statues among all Muslim. Also, he is scion of oldest ruling dynasty in the Islamic world.

Middle East Newsline 2006/4/5
..."Zarqawi is very busy these days," an intelligence source said. "But his attention is moving from Iraq to the Gaza Strip." ...

Jordan and Palestine (part 1)
Israel Hasbara Committee 2006/4/5
...For Jordan, the issue of Palestine is more of a domestic issue than anything else. That is because slightly more than half of the young King Abdullah's subjects are Palestinian Arabs. The remainder of the Jordanians are Bedouins, fiercely loyal to the Hashemite dynasty. There is tension between the two components of the population, which the king is attempting to overcome through Jordanism. ...

Jordanian and Iraqi audit offices sign landmark training agreement
Jordan Embassy US 2006/4/5
AMMAN (JT) — Iraq took the first much-needed step towards modernising its public accountability systems with the signing of a partnership agreement between the Supreme Audit Board (SAB) and Jordan's Audit Board of Jordan. ...

Russian Orthodox says Pope should shed more titles
Reuters 2006/4/5
Pope Benedict, who has dropped his title "patriarch of the West" to boost ties with Orthodox Christians, should scrap more terms tagged to his name if he wants real progress, a senior Russian Orthodox bishop has said. ..."Only renouncing titles stressing the universal jurisdiction of the pope, and the ecclesiological doctrine hidden behind that, would be a real step on the path toward reconciliation between the Orthodox and Catholic churches," he wrote. ...

Syria's ruling party solidifies its power
International Herald Tribune 2006/4/5
Just months ago, under intense international pressure to ease its stranglehold on neighboring Lebanon, the Syrian government was talking about diluting the ruling Baath party's grip on power at home and opening the way for a multiparty system.   Things have moved in the opposite direction.   Syrian officials are aggressively silencing domestic political opposition while accommodating religious conservatives to shore up support across the country. ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

Sfeir: Lahoud has tied his fate to Syria, cannot lead
The Daily Star 2006/4/5
BEIRUT: Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir said the "isolated" President Emile Lahoud is no longer qualified to hold the country's top executive post. Speaking to French magazine Le Point, the leader of the influential Christian Maronite Church said Lahoud had linked his fate to Syria and is not ready to succumb to the pressures exerted on him to resign.   "Lahoud cannot fulfill his duties as a president anymore because he is isolated and boycotted by local and international figures," Sfeir was quoted as saying. ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

Bomb hits Turkey PM's party office
CNN International 2006/4/5
A bomb blast at an Istanbul branch of the party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been struggling to put an end to Kurdish riots across the country, has injured at least two people. ...

Jordan urges Quartet to revive peace talks
The Jordan Times 2006/4/4
PRIME MINISTER MAROUF Bakhit on Monday urged the Mideast Quartet members, particularly the US, to help the Palestinians and Israelis resume peace talks. ...Welch, a career diplomat who served in key positions involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict and the peace process, praised King Abdullah's role at regional and international levels as well as his efforts to push forward the Middle East peace process. ...

Envoys: Mideast Nations Held Secret Talks
The Washington Post 2006/4/4
Top intelligence officers from several Arab countries and Turkey have been meeting secretly to coordinate their governments' strategies in case civil war erupts in Iraq and in an attempt to block Iran's interference in the war-torn nation, Arab diplomats said Tuesday. ...Government officials in Egypt and Jordan declined to answer questions on the meetings. ...

Report: Saudis secretly launched nuke program in 2003 2006/4/4
Saudi Arabia launched a nuclear program with assistance from Pakistan, according to a new report.   On Saturday, the German magazine Cicero, quoting Western intelligence sources said, Saudi Arabia launched its nuclear program in 2003. The magazine said Pakistani scientists arrived in the Saudi kingdom to make preparations for a nuclear program. ...

Salafi-Jihadist Movement Becoming a New Force in Lebanon
Global Terrorism Analysis 2006/4/4
...While the recruitment of Salafi-Jihadists in Lebanon is not restricted to Palestinians and includes some Lebanese nationals, young men from refugee camps are more fertile material for recruitment. Following the news of the arrest of Salafi-Jihadists in Lebanon and the announcement made by the movement of its responsibility for blowing up a location for the Lebanese army on February 1 (the movement delivered the threat through a phone call to the Sada al-Balad newspaper a day before, according to the paper), Lebanese authorities arrested 31 suspected jihadists. In light of this claim of responsibility and the arrests, it is important to examine the forms of recruitment that the Salafi-Jihadists use in Lebanon ...

Exclusive: Qadhafi's 9/11 Fears
Time 2006/4/4
The Libyan strongman was "hysterical" with fear of retaliation after the World Trade Center attacks, according to a newly released cable ...Qadhafi — who was behind the 1988 Pan Am 103 bombing that killed 270, as well as the 1986 bombing of a Berlin disco that killed three — was "hysterical" with fear that he'd be targeted by the U.S. for vengeance after the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, according to a newly declassified Sept. 20, 2001, cable from the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. ...

UN aid workers: Gaza on verge of disaster
Haaretz 2006/4/4
David Shearer, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told Foreign Ministry officials that if there is no significant change in the situation, Gaza will face a humanitarian crisis as bad as the one in Kosovo. ...

Chinese deny forming ties with Hamas
The Jerusalem Post 2006/4/4
Chinese embassy spokesman Lu Jing on Tuesday denied Hamas Palestinian Authority foreign minister Mahmoud al-Zahar's claim that he had been invited to China.   "No, never," Lu replied when asked if Beijing had followed Turkey and Russia's lead and invited a high-ranking Hamas official for talks in Beijing. ...

Abu Musab al Zarqawi’s Gaza cell is gearing up for a major terrorist attack against Palestinian target
DEBKAfile 2006/4/4
Zarqawi’s agents from Jordan and Egypt are positioning operational cells on the West Bank too, ready for strikes against both Israel and the Hamas-ruled Palestinian Authority.   Jordanian prime minister Maarouf Batiah and intelligence chiefs warned PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas of this threat in a four-hour conference they held in Amman on April 3. In consideration of the Palestinian leader’s passive tendencies, Jordan made sure the warning would appear publicly by releasing some details to the London Arab daily Al-Hayat. ...

Tafakji Warns of Growing Loop of Land Dealers, Israeli Elad Seizes Two Residential Buildings in E. Jerusalem
Palestinian National Authority Information Press Center 2006/4/4
JERUSALEM, Palestine, April 4, 2006 (IPC+ Agencies) - -Dr. Khalil Tafakji, Palestinian from Jerusalem, expert on settlement and the head of the maps and land survey department warned of the growing loop of the land dealers making easy for the extremist Jewish group to take over the Palestinian houses in Occupied East Jerusalem referring to the seizure of two residential buildings in Al Tur neighborhood by the Jewish Elad settlement organization last Wednesday.

America Says It's Prepared To Listen to Syrian Muslim Brotherhood
The New York Sun 2006/4/4
CAIRO, Egypt - America is open to widening its contacts among opponents of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad following the setting up of an alliance between a former Syrian vice president and the country's militant Muslim Brotherhood. ...Last week the assistant secretary of state for near east affairs, David Welch, told Arab newspaper reporters that he was interested in what Mr. Khaddam has to say. Yesterday, a State Department spokesman, Gregg Sullivan, reiterated that view. "This political union is an internal Syrian political development. I would note that we are interested in hearing a wide array of views from Syrian opposition figures to gauge how we can best bring reform and democratization to Syria as well as a definitive change in Syrian behavior." ...
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Two activists jailed in Syria
Gulf Times 2006/4/4
Two political activists have been sentenced to jail in Syria, where the government has been clamping down on dissent in recent weeks, human rights lawyers said yesterday.   The State Security Court sentenced Islamist politician Abdul Satar Qatan to 12 years on Sunday on charges of belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, his lawyers said. ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

Syria issues warrants against Lebanese MP, minister, journalist
Khaleej Times Online 2006/4/4
A Syrian court has issued warrants for prominent anti-Syrian Lebanese MP Walid Jumblatt, telecommunication minister Marwan Hamadeh and journalist Fares Khashan, Hamadeh said yesterday. ...
? Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots

YEK- KOM: Erdogan gives licence to kill Kurdish children and women
Kurdish Media 2006/4/4
In recent days violent confrontations and clashes between Kurdish citizens and the Turkish army and authorities have erupted in several Kurdish and Turkish cities including Diyarbakir, Batman, Siirt, Mardin, Kiziltepe, Istanbul and Yüksekova. Turkish police and military have attacked Kurdish civilians using tear gas, batons, firearms and tanks. The results are terrifying and alarming: seven civilians killed, hundreds seriously injured, hundreds of people were arrested the majority of which are minors. ...Preceding these murders were the peaceful funeral and mourning processions for members of the Kurdish Peoples Defence Forces (HPG) who were killed with poison gas by the Turkish army during one of its most recent military operations in the region of Mus-Bingöl. ...

A silver bullet aimed at Iraq's head
Asia Times Online 2006/4/4
An important aspect of the United States' quest for government stability and for resolving the ever-escalating sectarian violence in Iraq is the campaign to have Ibrahim al-Jaafari dumped. The incumbent premier was chosen by the dominant Shi'ite bloc, the United Iraqi Alliance (UIA), after January's elections to continue for another term.   The Sunnis, the Kurds and secular Shi'ites now fully support the US in wanting to fire the silver bullet that would get Jaafari out, but the overarching question ought to be whether his replacement will result in the emergence of a national-unity government - something that Jaafari has been unable to facilitate. ...

Disintegration of Iraq would pose multiple problems for Israel
The Daily Star 2006/4/4
...The disintegration of Iraq along sectarian lines would be the first such development of its kind in the Arab state system since its creation in the 1920s. Others could follow, like Lebanon and Syria, leading to sectarian shifts of power to the Shiites in Lebanon and, in Syria, to fundamentalist Sunnis bent on unseating the Alawites who dispossessed them a generation ago. ...Considering the alternatives, none appears more appealing than the restoration of the integrity of an independent, unoccupied, Arab-Kurdish Iraqi state, which would probably be more inclined to restrain Iranian influence than an occupied and fragmented Iraq.

'Fit for a king' 2006/4/3
He calls it nature's art. What started out as a hobby is now a full-time job for a Wilson man who molds trees into furniture. Now his small town operation is attracting big names.   Mike Just owns "I just see things in wood and like to make that," said Just. ...Even one fit for a king -who Just can talk about. "One day I just happened to look at his signature. I hadn't paid much attention to it and it said Director of Public Affairs for the King of Jordan," said Just.   Just is making a 13-foot conference table for the King Abdullah II's new palace. The table's base is his signature tangle style. "I call the tangle 'peaceful grace.' I really think that's what people are striving for to bring that peace and grace of nature indoors because when you enter a room that's literally been graced by nature it feels good. It's comfortable," said Just. ...
The US sends our taxed dollars, and they build bigger and better palaces.

Prime Minister's interview with Jordan television
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/3
As a result of fuel price hike, the Jordanian government and upon directives from His Majesty King Abdullah II, will be keen on providing financial support to underprivileged groups, who are the most affected by the increase in fuel price, Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit stated Monday. ...His Majesty the King, an advocate of the poor, has ordered the government to protect interests of the poor and middle class people, said the Prime Minister . ...

Settler group takes over two compounds in E. Jerusalem
Haaretz 2006/4/3
Last Wednesday, the day after Election Day, the Elad organization took control of two large, populated and sensitive compounds in two East Jerusalem neighborhoods, Silwan and A-Tur (on the Mount of Olives).   Elad members intend to put between 15 and 20 families there.   "Our goal is to hold on to outposts in East Jerusalem and create an irreversible situation in the sacred basin around the Old City," said Adi Mintz, a member of Elad's management board. ...

Al Qaeda's Master Plan
TCSDaily 2006/4/3
Palestinian Authority's President Abu Mazen's recent interview with the pan-Arabic daily Al Hayat is getting lots of attention. In fact, his recognition of Al Qaeda's presence in Gaza and the West Bank coupled with his warning of the "destruction of the whole region" because of the terrorist entity, is only confirming what Israeli security services have been saying for months: Al Qaeda is fast expanding in the neighborhood.   Signs of Al Qaeda's infiltration in the Palestinian territories have been increasing in the past few months. ...

Archeologists Return to Syria to Uncover Secrets of Ancient Settlements
University of Arkansas 2006/4/3

For a time in 2003, it looked like archeological exploration in the Middle East might come to a halt, leaving thousands of years of history buried. In the past year, University of Arkansas assistant professor Jesse Casana has successfully resumed excavation in a little-studied area in northwestern Syria, and is uncovering a rich record of human settlement.   What Casana and his team learn about the formation of Tell Qarqur could serve as a model for understanding the formation of "tells," the ancient mounds that are common in the Orontes River Valley where Qarqur is located and throughout the Middle East. That knowledge could be an important link to understanding the organization of human settlements in the ancient world. ...

Syria, Jordan began border demarcation
UPI 2006/4/3
Syria and Jordan recently began to demarcate their border, ending years of border disputes and occasional clashes ...

Iraq conflict grows ever more confusing
Daily Times 2006/4/3
The latest violence in Iraq suggests the conflict has entered an ominous new stage where crime gangs, Sunni Arab insurgents and pro-government Shi’ite militias, overlap as violence pushes the country closer to sectarian civil war   Gunmen in police uniforms kill and kidnap at electronics shops. A mosque raid draws government charges that US troops run Iraqi forces beyond its control. Bodies turn up on streets as militia death squads roam freely. ...

Jordan Sends Humanitarian Aid to Pakistan
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/3

...The aid is sent by the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) in implementing of Royal directives to provide aid to Pakistan.

Minister of Awqaf meets Russian Ambassador
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/3
...Russian ambassador, for his part praised the Jordanian-Russian relations and the existing cooperation between the two countries.

Urgent aid heads for Palestine
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/3

Nearly twenty five trucks laden with 400 tones of essential food supplies; such as Lentils, flour, sugar, tea leaves, grits and check-peas were dispatched by Jordan Hashemite Charitable Organization upon directives from His Majesty King Abdullah II to Palestinian territories. ...

Lebanon leaders set deadline to agree on president
Reuters 2006/4/3
Lebanon's political leaders, meeting to end a political crisis that has paralysed the country, set their next session on April 28 as the deadline to try to agree on the fate of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud.   "We have agreed to delay the dialogue session until Friday April 28 to decide the issue of the presidency, positively or negatively," Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said after the latest round of talks on Monday. ...

'I dream of a map without Israel'
The Jerusalem Post 2006/4/2
Newly-installed Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar on Sunday reiterated Hamas's desire to eliminate Israel and replace it with an Islamic state. ...

Arab press more anti-Semitic than ever
The Jerusalem Post 2006/4/2
The Muhammad cartoon controversy greatly increased the amount of anti-Semitic material in Arab and Muslim newspapers, according to a report issued by the Anti-Defamation League over the weekend. ...ADL national director Abraham Foxman said that Muslim and Arab leaders have a "blind spot" and a "level of tolerance" for "blatant anti-Semitism" in the media.   "While the Muslim world acts out violently in response to the Muhammad cartoons and suggests that Western freedom of speech has gone too far, the plain fact is newspapers in the Muslim and Arab world continue to engage in vicious stereotyping of Jews."

U.S. Policy at a Crossroads: The Relevance of the Roadmap in the Aftermath of the Hamas Victory
Judeoscope 2006/4/2
Can an American administration rally the world against terrorism when it maintains a Mideast policy that promises to reward terrorism? Hardly. The Quartet, under whose auspices the Roadmap was issued, appears to be torn over how to react to the Hamas victory, with Russia hosting Hamas, France supporting the Russian move, and the U.S. seeking to maintain a firm counterterrorist policy with respect to Hamas. In the search for a new political paradigm for the future, one that reflects Bush’s insistence on a Palestinian leadership "not compromised by terror," a new road with a different map must be found.

`Zarqawi replaced at head of Iraq resistance` 2006/4/2
Iraq's resistance has replaced Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as political head of the rebels, confining him to a military role, the son of Osama bin Laden's mentor said today in Jordan.   "The Iraqi Resistance's high command asked Zarqawi to give up his political role and replaced him with an Iraqi, because of several mistakes he made," said Hudayf Azzam, who claims close contacts with the rebels.   "Zarqawi's role has been limited to military action," said Azzam, whose late father Abdullah Azzam was the mentor of bin Laden, the al-Qaeda boss.   "Zarqawi bowed to the orders two weeks ago and was replaced by Iraqi national Abdullah bin Rashed al-Baghdadi," Azzam said.  Azzam, 35, whose father was known as the "Prince of Mujahedeens", said he regularly receives "credible information on the resistance in Iraq".   He said Zarqawi "made many political mistakes", including "the creation of an independent organisation, al-Qaeda in Iraq". ...

King Congratulates Iranian President
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/2
His Majesty King Abdullah II sent a cable on Sunday to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulating him in his name...
? John 5:43 "I am come in my Father's name (HASHEM), and ye receive me not: if another shall come "in his own name" (HASHEMITE), him ye will receive.

King Congratulates Iranian Supreme Leader
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/2
His Majesty King Abdullah II sent a cable on Sunday to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei congratulating him in his name...
? John 5:43 "I am come in my Father's name (HASHEM), and ye receive me not: if another shall come "in his own name" (HASHEMITE), him ye will receive.

Russian Official Praises King's Endowment
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/1
The Ambassador of the Special Missions at the Russian Foreign Ministry praised on Saturday His Majesty King Abdullah's endowment that allocated five scholarships for the Chechen students at the Jordanian universities to study Islamic sciences. ...

King Condoles Iranian President
Jordan News Agency 2006/4/1
...In a cable sent on Saturday to President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, His Majesty the King expressed grief and heart-felt condolences in his name ...
? John 5:43 "I am come in my Father's name (HASHEM), and ye receive me not: if another shall come "in his own name" (HASHEMITE), him ye will receive.

Islam’s Imperial Dreams 2006/4/1
As a historical matter, the birth of Islam was inextricably linked with empire. Unlike Christianity and the Christian kingdoms that once existed under or alongside it, Islam has never distinguished between temporal and religious powers, which were combined in the person of Muhammad.  ...Though sectarianism and civil war divided the Muslim world in the generations after Muhammad, the basic dynamic of Islam remained expansionist. ...the fact is that the fuel of Islamic imperialism remains as volatile as ever, and is very far from having burned itself out. To deny its force is the height of folly, and to imagine that it can be appeased or deflected is to play into its hands. Only when it is defeated, and when the faith of Islam is no longer a tool of Islamic political ambition, will the inhabitants of Muslim lands, and the rest of the world, be able to look forward to a future less burdened by Saladins and their gory dreams.

Can Hamas Be Tamed?
Foreign Affairs March/April 2006
Summary:  Optimists argue that Hamas' participation in mainstream Palestinian politics will spur the group to moderate its radical goals and terrorist tactics. But history shows that political participation co-opts militants only under very specific conditions -- and almost none of those exist in the Palestinian Authority today.
Michael Herzog (this article's author) is a Brigadier General in the Israel Defense Forces and a Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He was formerly the senior military aide to Israel's Minister of Defense and the head of strategic planning for the IDF. ...

Re-energizing a West Bank-Jordan Alliance
Middle East Quarterly 2006/March
...During a June 2005 trip to Washington, Palestinian publisher Hanna Seniora said, "The current weakened prospects for a two-state solution forces us to revisit the possibility of a confederation with Jordan." ...U.S. policymakers should not be bound by a roadmap that may exist in diplomatic parlors but has no basis in the Israeli, Jordanian, or Palestinian reality. The Oslo process failed to create a viable and democratic Palestinian state. The end of the Arafat and Sharon era as well as the degeneration of Gaza into anarchy has made the roadmap moot. While the push for reconsideration of a Jordan-West Bank federation has come from Jordanians and Palestinians, Washington could play a valuable role in supporting and directing the process. Such a federation may not only be key to the security of both Jordan and Israel in the face of well-organized and well-financed jihadism, but it may also be the Palestinians' last best chance to have a viable state.
contributed by Bob Anderson


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