Archive: July 2017

Jul. 01

France takes over EU presidency

France took over the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, Tuesday. The country’s agendas for the bloc — including boosting EU military capabilities — have been overshadowed by the Irish No vote on the Lisbon Treaty.

Jul. 01

Iran ‘seriously considering’ new international nuclear offer

Jul. 01

Pentagon official warns of Israeli attack on Iran

Jul. 01

‘We’ campaign finds common cause with major faith groups

Jul. 01

Procurement of full Galileo system begins

Jul. 01

Palestinian leader, Israeli defense minister meet

Jul. 01

German, Polish presidents refuse to sign EU reform treaty

Jul. 02

Merkel backing for France on EU treaty

Jul. 02

Polish president softens tone on EU treaty

Jul. 02

Third temple preparations begin with priestly garb

Jul. 02

Solana hails Iran’s openness to talks

Jul. 02

Global interfaith dialogue set for July 16 in Madrid

Jul. 03

Solana’s assessment of Mideast peace progress

At the European Socialist Party Conference on the Middle East, EU high representative Javier Solana said “time is short” for making peace.

Jul. 03

Cyprus ratifies EU treaty

Jul. 03

UK foreign minister backs French defence plans

Jul. 03

Gov’t officials: U.S. fears Israel gearing up for Iran strike

Jul. 03

France to launch European citizenship project

Jul. 03

Euromed Trade conference evaluates progress of Euro-Med Partnership

Jul. 04

Poland tells France won’t be obstacle to EU treaty

Jul. 04

Churches of 40 countries give witness for Mideast peace

Jul. 04

Turkey pushes Israel, Syria direct talks

Jul. 04

Livni’s European success

Jul. 04

Iran gives ‘positive’ reply on incentives

Jul. 04

Javier Solana: What kind of Palestine?

Jul. 06

Palestinian president Abbas in Syria to discuss Middle East peace

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Syria, Sunday to discuss the Middle East peace process.

Jul. 06

Ancient tablet ignites debate on messiah and resurrection

Jul. 08

Fayyad wants foreign troops in Gaza

Jul. 08

Syria sees no Israel peace before Bush quits

Jul. 08

Solana says he’ll respond to Iran soon

Jul. 08

France determined to build European defense: Kouchner

France will push ahead with its plans to build an EU military, despite the Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, said France’s foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, at an EU-NATO conference held in Paris on Monday. The conference addressed strengthening the relationship between the EU and NATO.

Jul. 08

Ultra-Orthodox prohibition on entering Temple Mount splinters

Jul. 08

EU’s Solana to return to Iran

Jul. 08

Joint EU police stations in tourist areas proposed

Jul. 08

The Netherlands ratifies Lisbon Treaty

Jul. 08

Assuming presidency in EU, France will develop ENP

Jul. 08

Scholars downplay tablet debate on Messiah, resurrection

Jul. 09

Assad doesn’t rule out meeting Olmert in Paris

Syrian president Bashar Assad left open the possibility of meeting with Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert on the sidelines of a conference next Sunday in Paris that will launch the Mediterranean Union — a new organization of EU and Mediterranean nations.

Jul. 09

Slovakia to extend euro area to central Europe

Jul. 09

AoC Silatech initiative gathers pace

Jul. 09

Gov’ts need Christians to tackle religious fundamentalism, says evangelical head

Jul. 09

EU governments endorse capability plan for future military needs, pledge joint efforts

Jul. 10

France to deliver EU treaty solution by year-end

France plans to deliver a solution for the EU impasse by the end of the year, said French president Nicholas Sarkozy, Thursday, at a meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

Jul. 10

‘PA may freeze talks over construction’

Jul. 10

Belgium completes approval of EU Lisbon treaty

Jul. 10

Gaddafi attacks Sarkozy plan for Union of the Mediterranean

Jul. 11

Israeli rabbi aims to improve Muslim-Jewish ties

Jul. 11

New allegations against Olmert

Jul. 11

Mediterranean Union to be launched

Jul. 13

Mediterranean Union launched Sunday

Leaders from 44 European and Mediterranean states will gather in Paris, Sunday, to launch the ‘Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean.’ The new union ‘underlines the EU’s continued commitment and political will to realise the ambitions of the Barcelona Declaration,’ said EU commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

Jul. 13

‘Bush gave Israel amber light to attack Iran if diplomacy fails’

Jul. 13

Sarkozy announces that Syria and Lebanon will open embassies

Jul. 13

Abbas to call on Olmert to speed up peace talks: spokesman

Jul. 14

Mediterranean Union is launched

The Union of the Mediterranean, launched Sunday, is designed to bring peace to the Middle East. EU high representative Javier Solana said the union could bring “new impetus” to the peace process, but won’t play a role in negotiations.

Jul. 14

Solana says early partnership pact possible with Syria

Jul. 14

Obama backtracks on an undivided Jerusalem

Jul. 14

Syria’s Assad: Peace with Israel possible in six months

Jul. 14

Olmert: Peace deal has never been closer

Jul. 14

Joint Declaration of the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean (PDF)

Jul. 14

Obama to visit Israel, West Bank next week

U.S. presidential hopeful Barak Obama will visit the Middle East next week, meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Obama said, if elected president, he will work for peace in the region by supporting the creation of a Palestinian state.

Jul. 14

Obama vows Iraq withdrawal by mid-2010

Jul. 14

Saudi king to open inter-faith conference in Madrid

Jul. 14

Hamas: Blair to visit Gaza this week

Jul. 14

Full text of Sarkozy’s speech at Paris summit

Jul. 15

Solana: Progress on Israel needed for Syria/EU pact

Syria must make progress in its relations with Israel before it can sign an Association Agreement with the European Union and reap the benefits of participation in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), according to EU high representative Javier Solana.

Jul. 15

Hope, skepticism precede Saudi-sponsored interfaith conference in Spain

Jul. 15

Sarkozy: Irish will have to re-vote on EU treaty

Jul. 15

Spain ratifies EU reform treaty

Jul. 15

Berlusconi, Barroso agree on EU reform despite Irish vote

Jul. 15

Blair cancels Gaza trip over death threats

Jul. 16

Saudi and Spanish kings urge religions to join forces

The World Conference on Dialogue kicked off in Spain on Wednesday — a three-day interfaith event sponsored by Saudi Arabia. About 250 religious and social leaders are attending the conference, including Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair and U.S. civil rights figure the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Jul. 16

French foreign minister: France to propose new Middle East peace process with enhanced EU role

Jul. 16

Global Europe: What next for EU foreign policy?

Jul. 16

Blair still hopes for Israel-Palestinian peace deal by year-end target

Jul. 16

Religious dialogue needed to promote mutual understanding — Ban

Jul. 18

Britain officially ratifies EU treaty

Jul. 18

Vast majority of Israelis accept two-state solution

Jul. 18

Ben-Eliezer: Israeli people prepared to pay price for true peace with Syria

Jul. 19

Solana: Progress in Iran talks ‘insufficient’

Jul. 20

Obama advisor: U.S. not cooperating with Solana

Barack Obama’s nuclear policy advisor, Joseph Cirincione, told an Iranian news agency, on June 30, that the reason nuclear negotiations with Iran are failing is because the United States is not cooperating with EU high representative Javier Solana, who is leading the talks.

Jul. 21

AoC high rep lauds Mediterranean Union

Alliance of Civilizations high representative Jorge Sampaio said the Union for the Mediterranean, launched July 13, and Alliance of Civilizations share the same goal: raising “a barrier against intolerance, religious fundamentalism and extremism.” He said the two entities should be “developed in close collaboration.”

Jul. 21

Sarkozy on mission to Ireland over treaty

Jul. 21

Olmert: Settlements should not impede peace

Jul. 21

Solana: EULEX operational by autumn

Jul. 21

Solana signs agreement to exchange classified information with European Space Agency

Jul. 21

Pope: All faiths should unite against violence

Jul. 22

Obama vows to work for Mideast breakthrough

“Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama vowed Tuesday to work for a breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations ‘starting from the minute I’m sworn into office.’”

Jul. 22

Iris-scan systems to secure Arab states’ borders

Jul. 22

EU says it won’t support military action against Iran

Jul. 22

Peres, Abbas optimistic about peace

Jul. 01

Address by President Peres at interfaith conference in Kazakhstan

Jul. 02

‘Obama’ think-tank: Israel should cede Jerusalem sovereignty

“A think tank which is arguably the most influential in Washington is proposing an ‘interim’ neutral administration to govern Jerusalem instead of Israel.”

Jul. 03

FM Liberman interview with Radio Reka

Jul. 05

Solana announces his retirement

EU high representative Javier Solana announced on Sunday that he plans to retire when his 5-year term comes to an end in October.

Jul. 06

EU top diplomat to step down in autumn

Jul. 06

Israel fumes at EU settlement statement

Jul. 07

Pope calls for ‘global authority’ for economy

“Pope Benedict on Tuesday called for a ‘world political authority’ to manage the global economy and for more government regulation of national economies to pull the world out of the current crisis and avoid a repeat.”

Jul. 08

Solana admits void will be left after his planned retirement

The Global Post asked EU high representative Javier Solana what will happen with the Iranian nuclear negotiations entrusted in him personally when he retires in October. “‘Let us hope it’s resolved by then,’ he said wryly.”

Jul. 08

Israeli president: two-state solution approved in Israel

Jul. 09

Quiet struggle for succession as Solana to step down

Jul. 12

Solana wants UN to establish ‘Palestine’

“The European Union’s top diplomat has called for the United Nations Security Council to push forward and recognize a Palestinian state even without a final-status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Jul. 12

Text of Solana’s speech calling for UN to establish ‘Palestine’ (pdf)

Jul. 12

Israel’s Foreign Ministry responds to Solana

Jul. 12

Solana – Let’s force the birth of Palestine

Jul. 13

Israeli Foreign Minister to Solana: Peace must be built, not imposed

Jul. 13

Solana’s curiously timed retirement announcement

Brussels reporter David Haworth comments on the “ironical” timing of Javier Solana’s retirement announcement — just before he was poised to inherit much more power.

Jul. 14

Javier Solana has had enough

Jul. 18

Zapatero says Alliance of Civilizations initiative unstoppable

Jul. 18

‘J’lem boy’s passport can’t say Israel’

Jul. 18

Fayad calls on US to implement Solana’s peace plan

“Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad made a fresh appeal to the United States for a plan and a timetable aimed at resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

Jul. 18

Israel: Obama to announce (Solana’s?) new peace plan soon

“A peace plan with a strict timeline may be announced by the new US Administration in coming weeks, Israel’s English and Hebrew daily Haaretz newspaper reported”

Jul. 19

Signs of an Israel-EU estrangement

“Israel is now charging that the Europeans are ganging up against it.”

Jul. 19

Israel to U.S.: Keep out of Jerusalem

Jul. 19

Netanyahu defies U.S. on East Jerusalem settlement

Jul. 21

Evangelicals back Israel in Washington

Jul. 21

Worldwide coalition, media putting Israel in corner

Jul. 22

US Policy: Jews in Eastern Jerusalem are unwanted ‘settlers’

Jul. 22

Illegal outpost evacuation set for Sept.

Jul. 22

A sign of the times

Javier Solana’s “remarkable” proposal that the UN impose a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “could indeed by seriously considered one day soon by the Security Council.”

Jul. 23

Netanyahu urges Arabs to aim for peace

Jul. 26

Parade of US officials expected to increase pressure on Israel

“A parade of four senior U.S. officials due in Israel this week are expected to increase pressure on Israel to agree to a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria and avoid any action against the Iranian nuclear threat.”

Jul. 26

Czech president bashes EU leaders (Solana), economic policy

Jul. 26

‘US determined to forge peace’

Jul. 26

Report: “Unprecedented” Israel-Syria breakthrough

Jul. 30

Impossible shoes to fill?

An article published in the European Voice, Thursday, notes that there are “remarkably few” names being put forward to replace Javier Solana.

Jul. 30

Solana: The ESDP at 10 years (pdf)

Jul. 31

64% of Israelis want Temple rebuilt

“About two thirds of the [Israeli] public want the Temple rebuilt, including about half of secular Israelis, a new survey conducted for Ynet and the Gesher organization revealed.”

Jul. 31

Temple Institute to build sacrificial altar on Tisha B’av

Jul. 06

TSA to block “controversial opinion” on the Web

Jul. 06

Palestinian civil society representatives discuss European Neighbourhood Policy

Jul. 06

World evangelization summit launches 8-language chat room

Jul. 06

Obama tells Netanyahu he’s ‘ready’ to come to Israel

Jul. 06

Five EU foreign ministers to visit Gaza after Israel eases blockade

“The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain will visit Gaza following Israel’s ease of the blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory, a move backed as a ‘significant step forward’ by the EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Jul. 06

AoC to present New York Times debate

Jul. 07

Netanyahu meets with Gates, Ban Ki-moon

“Netanyahu also spoke with Gates about the possibility of the U.S. providing Israel with security guarantees in the event of a peace arrangement in the region.”

Jul. 07

Biometric ATM gives cash via ‘finger vein’ scan

Jul. 07

Documentary: False Spirits Invade the Church

Jul. 08

Benjamin Netanyahu calls for immediate face-to-face peace talks with Palestinians

Jul. 08

Netanyahu hints at flexibility on Jerusalem

Jul. 08

Israeli PM: Peace plan possible by end of ’11

Jul. 08

EU takes ‘historic’ step on new diplomatic service

Jul. 09

Presbyterian leaders approve gay clergy policy

Jul. 09

PA wants guarantees for direct talks with Israel

“On Friday, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Israel of pressuring the Palestinians into joining direct talks without meeting the basic condition for moving forward, freezing the expansion of the settlements, Army Radio reported.”

Jul. 09

Obama promises to ‘exert all efforts for Palestinian state’

Jul. 10

Obama to PA: Start direct talks

“Just days after meeting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday phoned PA President Mahmoud Abbas and urged him to change his mind about holding direct talks with Israel, according to a Palestinian official in Ramallah.”

Jul. 11

Netanyahu: ‘Implementation will take time’

Jul. 12

LCMS urged to defend abandoned biblical truths

Jul. 12

PCUSA approves softer Mideast report; avoids rift

Jul. 12

PA officials not ruling out direct talks

Jul. 13

Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement to march to Temple Mount on July 20, call for rebuilding of temple

Jul. 14

Digital Agenda for Europe

Jul. 14

Mitchell arrives in Israel to push direct talks

“U.S. special envoy George Mitchell was scheduled to arrive on Thursday to push for direct Israeli-Palestinian talks, amid Israeli optimism that these talks will begin well before the 10-month settlement moratorium ends on September 26.”

Jul. 15

EU needs ‘someone of the stature of Javier Solana’

Richard Haas, head of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington think-tank, said the EU needs someone of Javier Solana’s stature if it wants to have international clout.

Jul. 15

EU to be given prominent UN role

Jul. 16

Ashton: Israel, open Gaza crossings

Jul. 17

Abbas wants international border force

Jul. 17

The EU’s monstrous UN power grab

Jul. 18

Obama moves away from ‘freedom of religion’ toward ‘freedom of worship’?

Jul. 18

Faith leaders urged to tackle HIV/AIDS together

Jul. 18

EU envoy criticizes Israel during Gaza visit

Jul. 18

Half the Israeli public wants to see Holy Temple rebuilt

“Half the Israeli public wants the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash) to be rebuilt. This is the main finding of a poll commissioned by the Knesset Television Channel and carried out by the Panels Institute.”

Jul. 19

EU leaders legally obligated to meet with religious leaders and atheists under Article 17 of the Lisbon Treaty

Jul. 20

Fatah supports direct talks on condition

Jul. 21

Lieberman: Israel hopes to upgrade its relations with the EU ‘as soon as possible’

Jul. 21

U.S. official: Final status issues to be discussed only in direct Mideast peace talks

Jul. 21

PA leader confirms US pressuring him for direct talks

“Abbas complained that Obama recently sent him an oral message urging him to launch direct negotiations with Israel unconditionally.”

Jul. 22

Georgia school forces Christian student to alter beliefs to graduate

Jul. 22

‘New obstacles’ prevent Mideast talks

Jul. 25

Abbas: ‘Entire world’ wants direct talks

“Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that he was under pressure from the international community to begin direct negotiations with Israel.”

Jul. 25

Thousands of Christian Zionists gather to support Israel

Jul. 26

Netanyahu prepared to start negotiations

“Israel is ready to begin direct negotiations with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday, adding that if the Palestinians were willing to open direct talks, Israel might turn over a key road in the north Jerusalem area.”

Jul. 27

Israeli PM pays surprise visit to Jordan

“Two days before a crucial meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo to decide whether to support direct Israeli- Palestinian talks, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held an unannounced meeting in Amman Tuesday with King Abdullah II in an apparent attempt to get him to support such talks.”

Jul. 27

Evangelicals confront Western Europe’s spiritual malaise

Jul. 27

EU foreign ministers approve diplomatic service

Jul. 28

EU promises to support PA if agrees to direct negotiations

Jul. 28

Obama warns Abbas: ‘Start talks or else’

“A secret 36-page memo based on Obama administration statements indicates that the president warned Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to start direct talks with Israel or risk losing American support for the recognition of the PA as a country.”

Jul. 29

Arab League endorses direct talks between PA and Israel

“Arab League foreign ministers on Thursday authorized the Palestinian Authority to enter into direct negotiations with Israel, but left it up to PA President Mahmoud Abbas to decide on the timing.”

Jul. 30

‘Israel has crept into the EU without anyone noticing’

‘Independent commentator Robert Fisk says Israel has become so politically and economically tied to the EU that it is practically a member state. And, strangely, nobody has noticed — except that “grubby top dog” Javier Solana.

Jul. 30

Keswick Convention calls believers to avoid false forms of Christianity