Archive: May 2017

May. 01

Sarkozy: Mideast conflict must not hinder Mediterranean Union

May. 01

Solana voices concern at the Israeli raids on two orphanages in Hebron

May. 01

Olmert to be interrogated on Friday

May. 01

Merkel wins Charlemagne Prize for unifying Europe

May. 02

EU warns Russia against boosting troops in Georgia breakaway regions

May. 02

Mideast Quartet pressures Arab states, Israel

May. 02

‘It is doubtful that Olmert can continue serving as PM’

May. 02

Mideast Quartet statement from May 2 meeting in London

May. 04

Rice: Mideast peace deal still within reach

May. 04

Olmert: New corruption probe will not affect peace talks

May. 04

Babylon to be rebuilt?

May. 05

Likud begins Knesset drive for new elections

May. 05

Progess reported on permanent borders

May. 05

Rice leans on Mideast to raze walls

May. 05

Jewish rabbis clash over Zionism

May. 05

Significant development expected in Olmert probe Tuesday

May. 05

Solana: Exclusive DPA interview on Israel’s 60th anniversary

May. 06

Germany, Belgium want clarification on top EU roles

The Deutsche Presse-Agency reports that Germany’s chancellor and Belgium’s prime minister are concerned about the powers to be given to the European Council president and the foreign policy chief under the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon.

May. 06

Israel throws 60th birthday bash under cloud of uncertainty

May. 06

Long Island businessman who might topple Olmert

May. 06

Chief rabbis call to cancel Bible quiz over Messianic Jewish contestant

May. 06

EU court judgments affecting Irish treaty campaign

May. 06

Brussels turns to gods for climate change

May. 06

Irish farmers urged to keep treaty and trade talks separate

May. 06

EU plans international embassies

May. 07

U.S. Institute of Peace headquarters planned for D.C.

May. 07

France doesn’t favor Blair, Solana for new EU posts

May. 07

Blair says it’s decision time in the Middle East (see his YouTube channel)

May. 07

Israel: Iran could have nukes by ’09

May. 07

Report: Olmert to suspend himself from office

May. 07

Report: Bush organizes summit to divide Jerusalem

May. 07

EU-Israel relations at a high point, thanks, in large part, to the ENP

The European Jewish Press, Wednesday, reported that the EU and Israel have never enjoyed warmer relations, thanks in large part to Israel’s participation in the European Neighbourhood Policy.

May. 07

Interview: EU committed to peace, Israeli security, Solana says

May. 08

U.S. pushing hard for border agreement

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said the Israelis and Palestinians need to “draw a map and get it done,” referring to their stalled efforts to reach an agreement on borders. Rice’s words reflect the increased pressure the Bush administration is putting on the peace talks to reach an agreement by the end of the year.

May. 08

Sanhedrin calls to reject ‘Messianic’ sects

May. 08

Olmert ready for peace with Syria, knows the price

May. 08

Egypt seeks to mediate Israeli truce with Hamas

May. 08

German foreign minister favours EU army

May. 08

U.S. agrees to E.U’s (Solana’s) Iran nuclear plan

May. 08

Risk that the Irish will vote No to the Lisbon Treaty is rising

May. 08

Olmert accused of illegally accepting large sums of money

May. 08

MKs call for Olmert’s resignation

May. 08

PA: Will continue to negotiate with foreign minister Livni, if Olmert ousted from office

May. 08

U.S. lets Solana present nuclear deal to Iran

May. 09

Latvia to welcome the Treaty of Lisbon

May. 09

The quiet march toward a common European army

May. 09

U.S. prepares for Mideast peace without Olmert

Israel’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert, faces corruption allegations that may unseat him from office. But U.S. officials insist that Israel can continue its peace negotiations with the Palestinians — with or without Olmert.

May. 09

Portugal ratifies Lisbon Treaty on Europe Day

May. 10

Russia displays its military strength in Red Square

May. 12

Middle East on the brink of peace?

Historian Sir Martin Gilbert believes peace in the Middle East may soon be a reality, according to an article in Canada’s Ottawa Citizen. Sir Martin, a leading British historian and long-time student of Israeli history, said the negotiations are “99.9 percent of the way there.”

May. 12

Solana: Israel will always be a key strategic partner for the EU

May. 12

Israel leaning toward Gaza cease-fire

May. 12

E.U. grants Israel ‘special status’ role in European Neighbourhood Policy

May. 12

Ireland launches ‘Yes to Lisbon’ campaign

May. 12

The signatories

May. 12

Christian leaders sign joint declaration on Mideast peace

May. 13

The EU power game has begun

May. 13

Olmert: Understandings reached in talks with Palestinians

May. 13

Obama advisor: Jerusalem must be included in peace talks

Daniel Kurtzer, the Middle East advisor to presidential candidate Barack Obama, said, “It will be impossible to make progress on serious peace talks without putting the future of Jerusalem on the table.”

May. 13

Bush returning to Mideast with tempered hopes for peace agreement

May. 13

Clock ticking on Mideast peace deal

May. 13

Questions raised over EU diplomatic service

May. 14

Iran says puts package of proposals to EU’s Solana

May. 14

Bush and his Mideast footpath

An article in the Jerusalem Post says President Bush is laying the groundwork for his successor to make peace in the Middle East, by committing the next U.S. administration to an “irreversible direction.”

May. 14

Brussels outlines plan for new Mediterranean club

May. 14

Israeli, Jordanian architects plan Jordan River Peace Park

May. 15

Poland to beef up European military club

Poland has decided to join Eurocorps to contribute to Europe’s growing defense capabilities. Polish defense minister Bogdan Klich said Poland expects a “serious debate” on beefing up the EU military to take place when France assumes the EU presidency in July.

May. 15

IDF to escalate Gaza ops as Barak heads for truce talks

May. 15

Europe plans to build manned spaceship

May. 15

Palestinians mark ‘catastrophe’ of Israel’s birth

May. 15

Bush hails Israel’s ‘chosen people’ as Arabs lament

May. 16

Police want PM questioned in 48 hours

Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert must undergo another round of questioning for fraud allegations. If indicted, Olmert said he will resign — leaving the future of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks uncertain.

May. 16

Dramatic new support for Red-Dead plan

May. 16

Solana welcomes appointment of EU civilian operations commander

May. 18

Abbas: I’ll resign if no peace by ’08

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday threatened to resign if the Palestinians and Israelis can’t reach a peace agreement by the end of the year.

May. 18

Poll shows half of Irish are still undecided about EU treaty

May. 18

Rice says Israelis and Palestinians are holding serious private negotiations

May. 18

PA sources: Agreement of principles by Aug. ’08

May. 19

Miliband, contender for Solana’s post?

May. 19

Olmert skeptical of cease-fire

May. 20

Palestinian Authority and EU relaunch European Neighbourhood Policy process

The Palestinian National Authority and the European Union relaunched implementation of the EU-PNA Action Plan, Tuesday. The ENP — designed to bring peace to the Middle East — has a seven-year timetable attached that may be spoken of in Daniel 9:27.

May. 20

Orthodox Jewish youth burn New Testaments

May. 20

UK plans ‘Big Brother’ database for phones and e-mails

May. 20

Another Second Temple quarry uncovered

May. 20

British passports to have EU treaty stickers

May. 20

Iran allows Solana to visit Tehran to deliver nuclear proposals

May. 20

Egyptian official: Israel has accepted Gaza cease-fire

May. 21

Israel holding peace talks with Syria

After eight years, Israel and Syria have resumed peace talks, according to an announcement made Wednesday by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He said the negotiations could involve tough concessions, which may be an indication that he is willing to give up the Golan Heights. Mayors of communities in the Golan Heights held an emergency meeting after his announcement.

May. 21

EU and Russia set for talks on new ‘Partnership and Co-operation Pact’

May. 21

Abbas: East Jerusalem must be returned

May. 21

Hamas officials: Truce talks have failed

May. 21

Qatari firm to invest in new West Bank Palestinian town

May. 22

Solana in advanced talks with Iran

May. 22

Obama: I’ll support Israel-Syria talks

May. 22

Rabbis: We pushed Talansky to talk in bid to oust Olmert

May. 22

The Roots of the ‘Lakeland Outpouring’

Thousands of people are flocking every day to a healing revival in Lakeland, Fla., that began there April 2. Healing evangelist Todd Bentley credits the revival to the presence of an angel who he believes empowered the healing ministry of William Branham — a controversial “prophet” of the 1940s who denied the Trinity and promoted other heretical teachings.

May. 23

Germany ratifies Lisbon Treaty

Germany became the 14th EU Member State to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, Friday, when the upper house of its Parliament passed it by an overwhelming majority. Now, over half of the 27 Member States have ratified the treaty.

May. 23

Lisbon treaty not an easy sell, admits Irish EU commissioner

May. 23

Palestinians fear Olmert’s criminal investigation will affect peace talks

May. 23

Israeli demonstrators denounce giving up the Golan Heights

May. 23

The Golan Heights: Could it buy peace for Israel?

May. 23

Time is ripe for EU-wide nuclear safety rules

May. 25

Olmert: We’re facing a historic agreement with Syria

May. 25

‘Jerusalem offers 91 percent of West Bank in new map’

May. 25

Voting gap narrows ahead of Irish referendum

May. 26

EU proposal ready for Iran nuclear talks, Solana says

May. 26

EU machine grinds to a halt for Irish vote

May. 26

Olmert: ‘Only hallucinating people’ stick to the idea of Greater Israel

May. 26

Brussels to keep control of Mediterranean Union

May. 26

France confirms plan to boost EU’s defence arm

May. 26

How Europe is starting to set global rules

May. 27

Barroso says Irish rejection of EU treaty would be bad for bloc

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso warned that an Irish no-vote on the Lisbon Treaty in June would “have a very negative effect for the European Union.”

May. 27

61 MKs back bill against Golan withdrawal

May. 27

EU’s upcoming presidency trio outlines priorities

May. 27

Barak expected to give Olmert ultimatum: Quit, or I walk

May. 28

U.S. vows to help Israel, Palestine reach peace deal

The United States is resolved to help the Israelis and Palestinians reach a peace deal by the end of the year, despite the stalled negotiations, according to U.S. Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey. The current peace push was launched in November by President Bush at a conference in Annapolis, Maryland.

May. 28

EU-GCC joint council reiterates support for Alliance of Civilizations

May. 28

Olmert responds to Barak: I have no intention of resigning

May. 28

If Olmert is toast, so is Bush bid to broker peace deal

May. 29

Interfaith Council and AoC Team Up

The newly formed Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land met with Alliance of Civilizations’ high representative Jorge Sampaio to discuss how religious leaders can help end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The council condemned all acts of “disrespect” against religions, including attempts to proselytize and persuade people to abandon their respective faiths.

May. 29

Olmert, Barak to decide soon on Gaza truce

May. 29

Luxembourg ratifies Lisbon Treaty

May. 29

Statement by Solana on 60th anniversary of U.N. peacekeeping

May. 29

PA demanding international force after peace agreement

May. 29

‘Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean’ to be ‘cornerstone’ of the French EU presidency

May. 30

Israeli deputy PM doesn’t want peace to slip away

‘Amid political uncertainty in Israel and the United States, the Jewish state’s deputy prime minister Haim Ramon called Friday for an international conference to forge an interim Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.’ — Agence France-Presse

May. 30

Irish ‘Yes’ camp closes ranks before EU referendum

May. 30

Israel, Syria said to have made progress in talks

May. 30

Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation launches (text of his speech)

May. 30

Backed by Clinton, Blair launches Faith Foundation

May. 30

Israeli PM mulls primary as ‘graceful exit’

May. 01

Netanyahu aides fear ‘surprise’ demands from Obama

May. 01

How Obama’s America might threaten Israel

May. 05

Babylon ruins reopen in Iraq, to controversy

May. 05

Peres backs Arab League peace initiative

May. 05

EU wants ‘Internet G12’ to govern cyberspace

The EU wants President Obama to transfer control of the Internet to a global body, when the U.S. Department of Commerce agreement runs out in September.

May. 05

Obama’s meeting with Peres may test new relationship

May. 05

Peres, Obama to meet Tuesday

May. 06

Report: Obama’s master plan for the Middle East

May. 06

‘Arabs revising peace plan to win Israel backing for 2 states’

May. 06

Czechs clear way for Lisbon treaty

May. 06

Abdullah calls for ‘combined approach’

May. 06

Czech envoy: Israel-EU upgrade stuck, not frozen

May. 06

Solana: ‘EU to decide on upgrading ties after Israel reviews strategy’

‘The European Union will decide what to do about a frozen upgrade in ties with Israel once Israel unveils its Palestinian strategy review, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Wednesday.’

May. 06

Blair: Quartet to unveil new Mideast peace plan

May. 08

McLaren: End-times views ‘morally and ethically harmful’

May. 08

Pope hopes church can play role in Mideast peace

May. 10

‘Netanyahu-Obama meeting crucial to Middle East future’

“President Barack Obama’s meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu next week has become the acid test for the White House’s commitment to peace in the Middle East, King Abdullah of Jordan told the The Times on Sunday.”

May. 10

Europe unconvinced as Israeli FM ends maiden trip

May. 10

Rabbi’s open message to the pope

May. 10

Jerusalem worried over breakdown of U.S.-Israel cooperation under Obama

May. 10

Even after EU vote, European shechita still in danger

May. 10

Blair: We’ve reached ‘moment of truth’

May. 10

Taboo broken in US Middle East offensive

May. 11

EPP’s hope: Uniting Europe on the world stage

May. 11

‘US is planning to build an anti-Israel coalition with the Arabs and Europe’

May. 11

Pope in Israel calls for Palestinian homeland

May. 13

Pope pushes for two-state solution

The pope has joined the international gang demanding that Israel divide its land.

May. 14

DHS report citing extremism is pulled

May. 14

Tony Blair holds out hope for two-state solution

May. 14

Jordan king: Israel must accept Palestinian state

May. 14

Leon Panetta’s mission to stop Israel bombing Iranian nuclear plant

May. 14

Obama faces tricky talks with Netanyahu

Will President Obama be able to convince Netanyahu to go along with a two-state solution?

May. 18

Obama orders Israel: Halt settlements

President Obama laid down the law, Monday, telling Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu that settlements in the West Bank “have to be stopped.”

May. 18

Remarks by Obama and Netanyahu

May. 18

Analysis: Obama lays down the law…

May. 20

Clinton calls on Israel to halt ‘any kind’ of settlement activity

“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a hard line against settlement construction in the territories Wednesday, including a call to freeze building for natural growth.”

May. 20

GPS system ‘close to breakdown’ (opening door to EU’s Galileo)

May. 20

Palestinians say were promised Jerusalem

May. 20

PA officials ‘surprised by’ US ME plan

May. 20

Reports: Old City Jerusalem to become international zone

May. 20

Saudis pushing Obama for new Mideast plan

May. 22

Netanyahu’s Jerusalem Day promise

On Jerusalem Day, Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to keep Jerusalem the undivided capital of Israel.

May. 22

Israel removes West Bank settler outpost (a day after Netanyahu’s meeting with Obama)

May. 22

French official: J’lem a shared capital

May. 24

Netanyahu defies Obama on Israeli settlement freeze

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rebuffed U.S. calls to impose a freeze on all settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, setting the stage for friction with President Barack Obama.”

May. 24

Rome to host Mideast Council

May. 24

US: J’lem’s status open to discussion

May. 25

North Korea test warrants firm response – EU’s Solana

“North Korea’s nuclear test threatens regional peace and warrants a firm response, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Monday.”

May. 25

Abbas to press Obama on Israeli settlement issue

May. 26

Israel scrambles to avoid showdown with Obama

May. 26

EU-Israel relations set to stay in limbo

“The EU is unlikely to upgrade relations with Israel when its foreign minister comes to Brussels in June, after a six month break in normal bilateral relations.”

May. 27

Solana meets with president of the International Criminal Court

May. 27

Obama adds Saudi Arabia to Mid-East agenda

May. 27

Clinton: We are preparing specific proposals for ME peace

May. 28

EU sketches out conditions for upgrade with Israel

The EU has made acceptance of a two-state solution a requirement for a stronger ENP relationship with Israel.

May. 28

Obama presses Israel, Palestinians on West Bank

May. 01

Israeli officials: Obama to call world summit if Mideast peace talks fail

May. 01

Report: U.S. in talks to declare Mideast nuclear-free zone

May. 01

3,000 European Jewish intellectuals urge end to Israeli settlements

May. 01

Arab League backs peace talks

May. 01

Baroness Ashton expected to quit EU job within months

“Less than six months into the job as EU High Representative for foreign affairs, The Daily Telegraph has learned that colleagues believe Lady Ashton, the best paid female politician in the world, is ‘on the verge of resignation.’”

May. 01

‘U.S. told Palestinians it would consider allowing UN censure of Israel’

May. 01

Wycliffe, DOOR to translate Bible for deaf people groups

May. 04

Obama, Netanyahu speak by phone

May. 04

Christian preacher in U.K. arrested for saying homosexuality is a sin

May. 04

Israel to open peace talks with demands on security, water

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to open the indirect talks with the Palestinian Authority this week with a discussion of the security arrangements in the West Bank and of water resources.”

May. 04

Franklin Graham: Persecution of U.S. Christians ‘is coming’

May. 05

The ‘impressive Spaniard’ Javier Solana: ‘No more wars’

May. 09

U.S.: Israel pledged not to build in Ramat Shlomo for two years

May. 09

First round of Mid-East indirect peace talks completed

“Indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are finally under way after months of political deadlock.”

May. 09

Ashton highlights External Action Service in Europe Day message

May. 09

Evangelical groups to walk 300 miles for creation

May. 10

Medvedev in Syria to speak about Mideast peace

May. 11

Netanyahu: The battle for Jerusalem is a battle for truth

May. 12

Netanyahu turns to Bible in tussle over Jerusalem

“Beset by questions about Jerusalem’s future in talks with the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached for the Bible on Wednesday to stake out the Jewish state’s contested claim on the city.”

May. 12

Turkish meeting calls on Muslims, Christians to protect Jerusalem

May. 12

Palestian Authority looks to Obama as savior

May. 12

Obama to Abbas: I am committed to creation of Palestinian state

May. 16

U.S. joins Alliance of Civilizations

“The Obama administration said Thursday it has decided to join the UN Alliance of Civilizations aimed at fostering greater cross-cultural understanding but shunned by the previous Bush administration.”

May. 17

The Euro-Mediterranean Civil Forum urges the region’s leaders to demand that Israel comply with international law

May. 17

Israel’s 2009 ENP Progress Report (pdf)

May. 17

[Evangelical] Liberty University bestows honorary degree on [Mormon] Glenn Beck

May. 18

Case against ‘homosexuality is sin’ preacher dropped

May. 19

WEU Assembly recommends “the option of the international community placing a solution on the table if Israel and the Palestinians cannot make progress bilaterally”

May. 19

AP sources: US to join advisory group once shunned

May. 19

Israel sources baffled by reports that U.S. will join the AoC

May. 20

Top Obama advisor refers to Jerusalem by Arabic name

May. 23

Obama turns to Pope to back Mideast plan

May. 23

Palestinians offer wider concessions on land

May. 23

At West Point, Obama presses for new world order to defeat Al Qaeda

“President Obama on Saturday vowed to press for a new international order ‘that can resolve the challenges of our times’ and help the United States defeat Al Qaeda and other threats to freedom.”

May. 23

40,000 NATO troops in the West Bank? Abbas, Sarkozy say yes

May. 23

Lebanese prime minister: International community must take responsibility for Middle East peace

May. 23

ELCA Synod to make call to lesbian pastor official

May. 23

Christian biochemist: First ‘synthetic cell’ strengthens case for design

May. 23

EU holds first meeting on joint economic governance

May. 23

Interfaith dialogue: King Abdullah’ mission spreads faster

May. 25

Moratinos calls for strengthening European Neighbourhood Policy

“The boost of the European neighbourhood policy, both to the east and in the Mediterranean area, is one of the priorities of the Spanish presidency of the EU.”

May. 25

Sampaio: The Alliance of Civilizations gaining visibility

May. 26

Netanyahu to visit Obama again

May. 26

UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum Kicks Off Thursday

On May 27-29, over 2,000 political, corporate, civic and religious leaders will gather in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, to create the conditions for world peace.

May. 26

AoC Forum Rio 2010 Official Web Site

May. 28

AoC Forum: UN Secretary-General urges ‘unlearning’ stereotypes

May. 28

Assistant Secretary Brimmer to lead US delegation to the UN-Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Brazil

May. 31

Israel recoils as US backs nuclear move

May. 31

Israel in eye of storm over deadly Gaza ship raid

May. 31

EU strongly condemns Gaza flotilla attack

May. 20

Obama and Netanyahu face tense meeting on Mideast

U.S. President Barack Obama’s endorsement of a longstanding Palestinian demand on the borders of their future state sets the stage for what could be a tense meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday.

May. 20

Face to face, Netanyahu rejects Obama on borders

“In a blunt display of differences, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the idea of using his country’s 1967 boundaries as the basis for a neighboring Palestinian state on Friday, declaring his objections face-to-face to President Barack Obama who had raised the idea just 24 hours earlier in an effort to revive stalled Mideast peace talks.”

May. 24

Palestinian statehood vote looms over U.S.-Israel rift

May. 30

Netanyahu: Israel cannot prevent UN recognition of Palestinian state

May. 30

Ashton ‘facing axe’ because she’s ‘too weak’

“Baroness Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, has been told she has until the autumn to raise her game or she could lose her job.”