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November 13, 2008, 9:56 AM EST
Saudi King Abdullah addresses the U.N. General Assembly “culture of peace” session in New York on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 (Photo: U.N.)
November 12, 2008, 5:16 AM EST
Secular businessman Nir Barkat will become Jerusalem’s next mayor in December. Here he speaks to supporters at his headquarters in Jerusalem, early Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
November 11, 2008, 10:43 AM EST
Jerusalem Mayoral Candidates: Porush, Barkat, Gaydamak (Photo by Julie Stahl/
November 10, 2008, 10:30 AM EST
Jerusalem ( – President-elect Barack Obama is being urged to make the Israeli-Palestinian peace process a top priority for his new administration.   Obama is expected to deal with domestic issues such as the economy first, but Middle Eastern leaders and others -- seizing on Obama’s campaign pledge to bring about “change” -- have wasted no time in putting forth their recommendations for the region.  
November 7, 2008, 10:52 AM EST
Jerusalem ( – President-elect Barack Obama’s policy on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process could have an impact on how conservatives here will fare in upcoming Israeli elections, some analysts are saying.   “I think that Israelis don’t want to see bad relations between the U.S. and Israel,” said Prof. Ephraim Inbar of the conservative BESA Center for Strategic Studies in Tel Aviv.  
November 6, 2008, 11:25 AM EST
Jerusalem ( – Just one day after Barack Obama was elected president, America’s staunchest ally in the Middle East has publicly expressed concerns about his future foreign policy regarding Iran.   Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Thursday that there should not be any direct talks between the U.S. and Iran to try to convince Tehran to restrain its nuclear program. Obama’s willingness to open such talks could be perceived in the Middle East as “weakness,” she said.  
November 5, 2008, 11:23 AM EST
A Palestinian man stands in the rubble of a house destroyed during an overnight Israeli army operation near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008.
November 5, 2008, 10:15 AM EST
Jerusalem ( – Arab and Muslim leaders sent their congratulations to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday. They also seized on Obama’s campaign promise to bring about “change,” hoping it will bring a shift in American policy in the Middle East.   Israeli leaders also congratulated Obama, although many here do not want a dramatic U.S. shift in Middle East policy.  
November 4, 2008, 11:23 AM EST
Jerusalem ( – Fliers calling for young people to sign up for Hezbollah suicide attacks against the U.S. were distributed recently in Tehran and elsewhere in Iran.   The Iranian Web site Tabnak reported that the fliers called on young Iranians to sign up for Hezbollah “martyrdom operations,” according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute.  
November 3, 2008, 11:12 AM EST
Jerusalem ( – Syrian government newspapers are endorsing Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama.   The editorials, recently translated, appeared prior to the U.S. attack on a network of al Qaeda-linked fighters who were moving from Syria to Iraq two weeks ago.   Columnist Dr. Eid Abu Sika wrote in the Syrian government daily Al-Ba’th that it was “now the turn” of the Democrats to be in power in the U.S.  
November 3, 2008, 10:44 AM EST
Jerusalem ( – Ahead of U.S. elections, an Islamist Web site is promising to release a film that explains why voting for non-Muslims is a sign of “unbelief.”   The Shumukh Al-Islam forum announced that it would soon release a film series on “Why Voting is ‘Kufr’” (unbelief ), according to a report from the Middle East Media Research Institute released over the weekend.  
November 3, 2008, 10:15 AM EST
Keevoon exit poll of Americans voting in Israel. (Photo by Julie Stahl/CNSNews)
October 30, 2008, 11:54 AM EDT
Two Iraqi protesters wave Syrian and Iraqi flags in front of a big portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration against the U.S. raid on a village near the Syrian-Iraqi border, in Damascus, Syria, on Thursday Oct. 30, 2008. (AP Photo/Ola al-Rifai)
October 29, 2008, 4:43 PM EDT
Jerusalem ( – Israel is upset over Egyptian military exercises in which the simulated “enemy” is Israel, and some are calling on the U.S. to reconsider its aid to Egypt because of it.   Israel and Egypt – two U.S. regional allies – signed a U.S.-sponsored peace treaty in 1979 – Israel’s first with an Arab nation.  
October 28, 2008, 7:16 AM EDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama shakes hands as he is protected by members of the U.S. Secret Service at a rally at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 27, 2008, 10:24 AM EDT
Jerusalem ( – Prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement by the end of President Bush’s term are receding as Prime Minister designate Tzipi Livni says she cannot form a government.   Livni told Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday evening that she could not pull together enough coalition partners to form a government, something he asked her to do five weeks ago. She suggested that the country go to national elections. Peres has three days to decide what to do.  
October 24, 2008, 10:53 AM EDT
Jerusalem ( – Jewish residents of the West Bank city of Hebron are worried that terror and bloodshed will return to the city with the deployment of additional Palestinian security forces there, a spokesman for the community said.   The Israeli army on Wednesday evening agreed to the deployment of some 500 Palestinian security forces, even though Israel can’t guarantee the Palestinians won’t turn their weapons against Jewish residents, as has happened in the past, an Israeli official said.  
October 23, 2008, 10:15 AM EDT
Jerusalem ( – Tens of thousands of Americans living in Israel are registered to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, and the vote from Israel could have a decisive impact on election results, some are saying.  
October 22, 2008, 11:44 AM EDT
Jerusalem ( – Israeli President Shimon Peres is scheduled to discuss a comprehensive Middle East peace plan when he meets with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt on Thursday, a spokesperson from Peres’ office said on Wednesday.   Peres has been promoting the so-called Saudi initiative recently because U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have made little progress and separate talks with Syria mediated by Turkey have ground to a halt.  
October 20, 2008, 10:28 AM EDT
Jerusalem ( – The controversy surrounding the beatification of Pope Pius XII  was rekindled over the weekend, after a Catholic official said a description of Pius at Israel’s Holocaust museum was preventing the current pontiff from visiting the Holy Land.   Many Jews maintain that Pope Pius XII did little to help save Jews from the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. The Vatican maintains that he worked secretly to save the Jews and that speaking out at the time would have jeopardized those efforts.