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Jordan’s Queen Orders Solid Gold Shoes as King Pushes Two-State Solution

27 Tevet 5772 – January 22, 2012
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan has commissioned a jeweler in Calcutta, India to make shoes for her out of gold.

EU Gets Tough On Iran With Planned Oil Embargo

24 Tevet 5772 – January 19, 2012
European foreign ministers declared their countries’ intent to embargo oil from the Islamic Republic, beginning as early as July, and freeze the assets of Iran’s central bank

Hamas Faces Political Upheaval

22 Tevet 5772 – January 17, 2012
Longtime Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who has ruled the terrorist group’s political structure from Damascus since 1996, has told Palestinian media he would soon step down.

Hizbullah Comes to Assad’s Defense; Opposition Increases Pressure

21 Tevet 5772 – January 16, 2012
“The Syrian people are living their worst period,” parliament member Imad Ghalioun said in an interview from Egypt on Sunday night.

UN Chief to Assad: ‘Stop Killing Your People’

20 Tevet 5772 – January 15, 2012
“Stop the violence. Stop killing your people,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose troops have killed more than 5,000 people during a 10-month-old uprising.

Iran Passes Letter to US: You Killed Our Scientist

In a letter handed to the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, the Iranian foreign ministry relayed to the United States that it believes the CIA was behind the recent assassination of another Iranian nuclear scientist.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Poised to Win 45% of Parliament

18 Tevet 5772 – January 13, 2012
The more conservative Salafists are expected to gain 25% of the total seats.

Iran Update: Sanctions, Blame, and Talk

The Obama administration added three companies to those sanctioned for dealing with Iran's energy sector, for the first time targeting a major Chinese Iran trader.

Arab League Mission in Syria Continues to Crumble

18 Tevet 5772 – January 12, 2012
Syrian authorities have ignored the mission's requests to take steps such as removing weapons and military personnel from mosques in cities where protests have taken place, and the casualty rate in the army’s response to the protests has actually increased since the monitors began their work three weeks ago.

Israeli Hacker Retaliates for Saudi Credit Card Attack

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
An Israeli hacker has claimed retaliation for the release of the personal information and credit card data of tens of thousands of Israelis by...

Pressure on Syria Builds From All Sides

As Arab League observer leaves in disgust and Turkey seizes weapons, Israel prepares for end of Bashar Assad’s regime

Nuclear Scientist Killed in Tehran

The governor of Tehran province, Safar Ali Bratloo, told Iran's Arabic-language Al-Alam broadcaster that Israel was behind the car-bombing, pointing to similarities with previous killings of other nuclear scientists. "The responsibility of this explosion falls on the Zionist regime," said Bratloo.

War Games Predict Outcome of Iranian Nuclear Success

15 Tevet 5772 – January 10, 2012
Israel is weighing options against Iran with the help of Britain's Institute for National Security Studies.

Israel Moves to Stop Flood of Illegal Immigrants

New law aims to deter African job seekers and asylum seekers, who have flooded across Israel’s southern border by the tens of thousands

Middle East Roundup: Iranian Missiles, Sudanese Refugees, Solar Energy

11 Tevet 5772 – January 6, 2012
Ormat Technologies Inc., an Israeli company developing geothermal and recovered energy-based power plants, scored two major contracts with American energy providers.

Israel, US to Hold Joint Military Exercise

The Israeli military will take part in a major missile defense drill in partnership with the United States, following a 10-day Iranian naval exercise...

Iran Rattles Saber At US in Strait of Hormuz

11 Tevet 5772 – January 5, 2012
Following imposition of new sanctions regime, Islamic Republic threatens American navy.

Massive US Defense Bill Includes Biggest-Ever Iran Sanctions

6 Tevet 5772 – January 1, 2012
After months of threatening to impose harsh sanctions on Iran, US President Barack Obama signed into law tough embargos aimed at Iran’s central bank and financial sector.

Middle East Wrap-Up: No Deals with Hamas, Attack on Sudan Convoy

4 Tevet 5772 – December 30, 2011
Netanyahu said: “If Hamas joins the Palestinian government, I will not hold peace negotiations."

U.S. to Sell Dozens of Fighter Jets to Saudi Arabia

3 Tevet 5772 – December 29, 2011
The Obama administration is planning to sell billions of dollars of fighter jets to Saudi Arabia. Israel is not protesting the deal.

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