With the Palestinian government on the verge of a complete breakdown, pressure is mounting on the ruling Hamas movement to form a unity government with its Fatah rivals, who support a two-state solution.
A comprehensive study of Iranian textbooks shows that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s inflammatory anti-Western, anti-American and antisemitic rhetoric is well rooted in his country’s educational system.
Jewish organization are seeking to mobilize the international community, through direct meetings with foreign diplomats and by lobbying the Bush administration, to impose sanctions on Iran for defiantly carrying on with its nuclear program.
Two American scholars who earlier this year authored a paper charging that the “Israel Lobby” had seized control of America’s Middle East policy have reopened their attacks, this time claiming that Jerusalem’s allies pressured the Bush administration into supporting Israel during its recent war in Lebanon against Hezbollah.
After British authorities broke up a plot to blow up 10 trans-Atlantic passenger planes, President Bush declared that America is at war with “Islamic fascists.”
Israel and its American allies are devising a diplomatic campaign that will use the recent conflict in Lebanon to bolster international efforts to block Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Staunchly pro-Israel conservatives with close ties to the Bush administration say that Jerusalem is hindering America’s global war on terror by failing to wage an all-out war to eliminate Hezbollah.
Despite expressing admiration for Hezbollah’s ability to strike Israel, Palestinians are working to distance themselves from the Lebanese militia in an effort to end the six-week Israeli onslaught against Gaza.
As Jerusalem defends itself against worldwide condemnation over a deadly air strike that killed dozens of Lebanese children, current and former Israeli officials acknowledge that the Israeli military has loosened the restrictions on targeting militants in populated areas.
As Jerusalem mobilizes reserves and Damascus puts its troops on the highest state of alert, the Bush administration is not taking overt steps to prevent Israel’s war with Hezbollah from spilling over into Syria.