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Bethlehem Arabs ‘Shoe’ Obama posters, American officials

By David Levy

Barack Obama
White House
Arabs in Bethlehem had a “warm welcome” for American officials who came to prepare for President Obama’s visit to the city

White HouseArabs in Bethlehem had a “warm welcome” for American officials who on Monday came to prepare for President Barack H. Obama’s visit to the city Friday, by throwing shoes and garbage at the vehicles in an entourage from the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem. Hundreds of Arabs mobbed the vehicles outside the Church of the Nativity, where Obama is scheduled to visit when he comes to Bethlehem.

Sources in the city told Israel Radio that Arab protesters tore down posters with Obama’s image, throwing them to the ground and spitting and stepping on them. The protesters threw shoes at other posters that were hung too high for them to easily tear down.

The American entourage had entered Bethlehem unannounced, apparently in an effort to avoid such scenes. The entourage was said to be comprised chiefly of security officials who were there to ensure that Obama would be safe during his visit. PA police attempted to stop the crowd from throwing shoes and debris at the American vehicles, and were only partially successful, witnesses said.

Arab states looking to turn IAEA meeting into referendum on Israeli nukes

By George Jahn (photo credit: Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

Jerusalem says attempt to seek censure over nuclear program designed to distract from Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons

Muslim nations and Israel are heading for a confrontation at a 154-nation nuclear meeting next month over an Arab initiative to criticize Israel’s secretive atomic program.

Documents submitted for that gathering show that Arab nations are seeking Israel’s censure — a move the Jewish state says is a sideshow that deflects attention from the real danger to Mideast peace — Iran.

Muslim Brothers plotting overthrow of Gulf states

The comments by Dahi Khalfan, one of the most outspoken security officials in the United Arab Emirates, follow the detention in the UAE since April of at least 20 dissidents, according to relatives of the detainees and activists.

“There’s an international plot against Gulf states in particular and Arab countries in general…This is preplanned to take over our fortunes,” Khalfan told reporters at a gathering late on Wednesday marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“The bigger our sovereign wealth funds and the more money we put in the banks of Western countries, the bigger the plot to take over our countries…The brothers and their governments in Damascus and North Africa have to know that the Gulf is a red line, not only for Iran but also for the Brothers as well.”

Russia warships to enter Syria waters in bid to stem foreign intervention

Syrian official says Damascus agrees ‘in principle’ to allow entrance of Arab League observer mission; 22-member body proposed sending hundreds of observers to the to help end the bloodshed. By Jack Khoury and Haaretz

Russian warships are due to arrive at Syrian territorial waters, a Syrian news agency said on Thursday, indicating that the move represented a clear message to the West that Moscow would resist any foreign intervention in the country’s civil unrest.

Also on Friday, a Syrian official said Damascus has agreed “in principle” to allow an Arab League observer mission into the country.

But the official said Friday that Syria was still studying the details. The official asked not to be named because the issue is so sensitive.

The Arab League suspended Syria earlier this week over its deadly crackdown on an eight-month-old uprising. The 22-member body has proposed sending hundreds of observers to the country to try to help end the bloodshed.

The report came a day after a draft resolution backed by Arab and European countries and the United States was submitted to the United Nations General Assembly, seeking to condemn human rights violations in the on-going violence in Syria.

Jewish prophecy suggests Messiah may be coming soon

By Ryan Jones

A medieval Jewish prophecy regarding the coming of Israel’s Messiah appears to correspond to the current situation in the Middle East, Israel National News reported at the weekend.

A piece of rabbinic literature known as the Yalkut Shimoni touches on many future scenarios both for the nation of Israel and for the world. In its section on the biblical Book of Isaiah and the prophecies contained therein, a rabbi cited by the Yalkut Shimoni states:

“In the year in which the Messiah-King appears, all the nations of the world are provoking each other. The King of Persia provokes an Arab king and the Arab king turns to Aram for advice.”

That description closely mirrors Iran’s defiant nuclear program and the tension it is creating with Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia. But what happens next? According to the Yalkut Shimoni:

“The King of Persia goes back and destroys the entire world. And all the nations of the world are in panic and distress and they fall upon their faces and are seized with pains like those of a woman giving birth…”

The American (Un)civil war revisited

by Bill Cloud “If we ever forget that we are One Nation under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.” – Ronald Reagan

A little over ten years ago in the wake of the 2000 presidential election debacle, I wrote an article called The Next American (Un)civil War. Recent developments in this country have prompted me to revisit that topic and, once more, address a point I made years ago.

Back then I was struck with the interesting similarities between the 2000 and 1860 general elections – namely that both resulted in the nation being divided into two camps. In 1860 it was North and South, in 2000 it was “Republican” and “Democrat.” As a result of the 2000 election, the US Senate was equally divided 50/50, very much resembling the nation. Both Abraham Lincoln and George W. Bush reluctantly became war-time presidents, both hailed and hated by many. In 2000 and beyond, Bush was lampooned by his detractors as a buffoon and considered to be “unintelligent” and “ignorant” by his political enemies. Actually, compared to the names and epithets railed at Lincoln, that was pretty tame.

The point is, both men were castigated and verbally abused by their enemies without restraint and the nation was divided along political lines. In 1861, that political division erupted into bloodshed – the American Civil War. In 2001, I was asking how long before the current division repeated that violent part of the pattern. I suggested then that, if that were to happen, “the distinction will be that, battle lines will not be determined by geographical boundaries but by ideology. Your mortal enemy won’t necessarily be in another region of the country but may be right next door or even in your own home.” Ten years later, I have come to seriously consider that we may well be at the threshold of widespread violence and bloodshed – not on fields like Manassas, Shiloh and Gettysburg but in schools, courthouses and city streets across the country. Allow me to share a few recent events that, I believe, support my concerns and expose the moral collapse and incendiary disposition of our once-great nation.

King Hussain shuffles his cabinet

Muhammad Hamed/Reuters Protesters demanded the dissolution of the Parliament and the departure of the government on Friday in Amman, Jordan. By ETHAN BRONNER

JERUSALEM — With antigovernment demonstrations growing across Jordan in recent weeks, King Abdullah II approved a cabinet shuffle on Saturday that brought in a number of new officials, notably the interior minister, but the public’s anger over accusations of corruption seemed unlikely to subside.

The deposed interior minister, Saad Hayel Srour, had been a focus of the protesters’ anger both because he was thought to be responsible for the use of excessive force by the police against demonstrators and because he allowed a wealthy businessman serving a prison term for corruption to leave the country, ostensibly for medical treatment.

Thousands of Jordanians demonstrated on Friday in the cities of Irbid, Maan, Karak and Tafileh, in addition to the capital, Amman, demanding transparency and an end to corruption. The number of participants has been inching up in recent weeks, organizers and witnesses said, and the slogans have taken on a notable harshness.

The demonstrations began in January as unrest spread across the Arab world. The king responded quickly by changing the prime minister and much of his cabinet and promising a dialogue with opposition groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

How the rioting in Egypt and Tunisia will user in the new era of global food crisis

Political risk has returned with a vengeance. The first food revolutions of our Malthusian era have exposed the weak grip of authoritarian regimes in poor countries that import grain, whether in North Africa today or parts of Asia tomorrow.

As we sit glued to Al-Jazeera watching authority crumble in the cultural and political capital of the Arab world, exhilaration can turn quickly to foreboding.

If you insist on joining the emerging market party at this stage of the agflation blow-off, avoid countries with an accelerating gap between rich and poor. Cairo’s EGX stock index has dropped 20pc in nine trading sessions.

Events have moved briskly since a Tunisian fruit vendor with a handcart set fire to himself six weeks ago, and in doing so lit the fuse that has detonated Egypt and threatens to topple the political order of the Maghreb, Yemen, and beyond.

As we sit glued to Al-Jazeera watching authority crumble in the cultural and political capital of the Arab world, exhilaration can turn quickly to foreboding.

WikiLeaks shows Arab nations against Iran more than Israel

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

WikiLeaks exposures are a dangerous precedent but have revealed to the world the Arabs’ private fears of the Iranian nuclear threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday.

He added that Israel was not damaged by the leaks, which at worst caused some embarrassment to American officials, who were quoted in diplomatic cables as using negative terms to describe several world leaders.

The documents officially revealed what everyone already knows from “sources” quoted in the media – that the Arab world is frightened of the prospect of a nuclear Iran.