Archive: December 2008

Dec. 01

Obama: Iranian threat and Israel-PA peace to top agenda

“President-elect Barack Obama named the Iranian threat and the effort to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians as two of the top three issues facing the incoming US secretary of state, in announcing Hillary Clinton as his choice for the post Monday.”

Dec. 01

Czechs unveil priorities for their turn at the EU presidency

Dec. 01

EU’s Solana urges Pakistan to help India investigate attacks

Dec. 02

Number of returning Israelis up 50% in ’08

Dec. 02

Israel wants closer co-operation with EU

“Israel wants to strengthen its relations with the EU and change what it calls Europe’s ‘outdated’ perception of the Jewish state in the hearts and minds of Europeans, the country’s foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, told MEPs on Tuesday.”

Dec. 03

‘Netanyahu can work well with Obama’

Dec. 03

Think-tank comments on Iran worry Israel

Dec. 03

Former British PM Blair urges Mideast peace drive

Dec. 03

Merkel thinks Obama will follow Annapolis

Dec. 03

The new Solana?

Dec. 03

Solana discusses prospects for the Middle East Peace Process with the foreign minister of Egypt

Dec. 03

Solana meets with Livni

Dec. 03

European plan to take leading role in Mideast worries Israel

“With an incoming US president who intends to shift course on American foreign policy, an internal European Union document indicates that Europe plans to seize a leading role in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking from next year.”

Dec. 03

Report: Obama advisors want NATO troops in West Bank

Dec. 03

Israelis and Palestinians seem to realize that a strong international presence will be critical to any deal

Dec. 04

‘New teams must proceed with Annapolis’

Dec. 05

Israeli soldiers drag settlers out of Hebron house

“Israeli soldiers and police stormed a disputed building in the biblical city of Hebron on Thursday, dragging out 250 young settlers in a raid meant to send a warning to Jewish extremists fighting to keep what they see as God-promised land.”

Dec. 05

EU mission to take over in Kosovo on Tuesday, Solana says

Dec. 05

Solana voices trust in Czech EU presidency

Dec. 05

Bush: Israel is America’s “closest ally in the Middle East”

Dec. 05

UN ME envoy slams settler violence

Dec. 05

Russia FM holds talks with Solana on Russia-EU cooperation

Dec. 05

Solana: EU to launch anti-piracy mission next week

Dec. 05

Christians urge Obama to make Mideast peace a priority

“Christian leaders across denominational lines are signing onto an ecumenical letter that urges President-elect Barack Obama to make Israel-Palestinian peace a priority in his incoming administration.”

Dec. 07

Barak presents list of holiday gestures

Dec. 07

‘Peres says he will meet Syrian president without preconditions’

Dec. 07

EU launches Horn of Africa anti-piracy mission

The European Union launches its first naval operation on Monday — to fight pirates off the coast of Somalia. “It will have robust rules of engagement,” according to EU high representative Javier Solana.

Dec. 08

Sarkozy calls for direct Israel-Syria talks

Dec. 08

Blair says that Palestinians and Israelis reached a secret agreement

“Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has stated publicly that Palestinian and Israeli negotiators have reached a secret agreement.”

Dec. 08

France floats EU plan on nuclear weapons cuts

Dec. 08

EU presidency to boost ties with Israel

Dec. 08

EU’s Solana ramps up pressure on Mugabe to quit

Dec. 08

EU’s Solana: Warships can use ‘all means’ to fight piracy

Dec. 08

EU to consider DR Congo ‘bridging force’: Solana

Dec. 09

UN to Israel: Free Palestinian prisoners, lift Gaza blockade

Dec. 09

Solana keynote speech: European proposals for nuclear disarmament

Dec. 09

Tony Blair Faith Foundation seeks youth ambassadors

Dec. 09

EU ministers approve update to Solana’s security strategy

Dec. 09

And now for a world government

“I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the US. I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana. But, for the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible.”

Dec. 10

Nobel Peace Prize winner to Obama: Focus on ME

Dec. 10

UN Blowback: More than 650 international scientists dissent over man-made global warming claims

Dec. 10

Serbia’s on right path, says Solana

Dec. 10

Solana’s updated security strategy to be adopted

An updated EU security strategy — drafted by high representative Javier Solana — is expected to be adopted at an EU summit Thursday and Friday.

Dec. 10

In Europe, same-sex showdown moves to UN

Dec. 11

Ireland set for second Lisbon referendum

“Ireland looks set to hold a second referendum on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty next year, having almost secured a series of concessions by the other EU states on its key demands.”

Dec. 11

Bibi tells EU he will pursue peace

Dec. 11

Abbas: Israeli issues preventing deal

Dec. 11

Tibi: Livni must clarify her position on Israeli-Arabs

Dec. 11

Solana’s report on the implementation of the European Security Strategy: Providing Security in a Changing World

Dec. 11

OSCE issues declaration to work together with the AoC

Dec. 11

EU defense package awaits seal of approval

Dec. 12

UN chief to host Quartet meeting next week

Dec. 12

Secret ‘EU President’ and ‘Foreign Minister’ talks begin as Ireland agrees to vote again

Dec. 12

Ahmed Qurei: Israel wants to retain 6.8 percent of West Bank

“Israel has proposed to annex 6.8 percent of the West Bank and take in 5,000 Palestinian refugees, the chief Palestinian negotiator said Friday, speaking for the first time in detail about the year-long US-backed negotiations that failed to produce an agreement.”

Dec. 12

Summit boosts EU security and defence

Dec. 13

My Stocking Runneth Over — Adam’s Angle

As much as we hate to admit it, our joy often depends on our circumstances. That’s no problem when our stocking is full, but where can we find joy when it’s empty?

Dec. 14

Strengthening of the European Union’s bilateral relations with its Mediterranean partners

Dec. 14

‘No room for Jews in the West Bank’

Dec. 14

Progressive evangelical lauds Cizik as hero, pioneer

Dec. 14

Remember persecuted Christians during Christmas season

Dec. 14

Jordan lawmakers blast EU for upgrading diplomatic ties with Israel

Dec. 14

Middle East quartet to meet at UN on Monday

“The diplomatic group on the Middle East peace process, or quartet, will meet Monday at United Nations headquarters, a few weeks before the change of administration in Washington. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and high-ranking EU officials will attend the meeting under the leadership of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.”

Dec. 14

Abbas planning to extend his own term

Dec. 14

Oslo architect Ross may be Obama’s Middle East envoy

Dec. 15

Globalization needs ‘values’ to succeed, says Blair

Dec. 15

Ayalon: US could support land swap

Dec. 15

Brown says he and Obama pledge to focus on Middle East

Dec. 15

Intensify peace talks, Quartet tells Israel, Palestinians

“The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the search for Middle East peace — the European Union (EU), Russia and the United States — called today for an intensification of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, urging both sides to take the necessary steps to reach this goal.”

Dec. 15

Imams and rabbis discuss how to promote peace at UNESCO gathering

Dec. 15

Vatican: Annual Muslim-Catholic dialogue conference underway

Dec. 17

Rick Warren to give invocation at Obama inauguration

Dec. 17

European Parliament approves opening of defence market

Dec. 17

Sarkozy pleads for Europe of nations

Dec. 17

UN adopts measure backing Annapolis

Dec. 17

Netanyahu off to Paris to meet Sarkozy

Dec. 17

‘Gov’t can’t consider Golan demand’

Dec. 17

Reader Mail

A reader wants to know, “Do you have specific reasons why you feel [the 10-nation alliance] is likely the WEU vs. a future build out of the G8?”

Dec. 19

Poll: Kadima and Likud neck and neck

Dec. 19

Bush claims ‘progress’ in Middle East peace talks

“US President George W. Bush, poised to finish his presidency without the Middle East peace deal he once said was in reach, declared Friday that Israelis and Palestinians have made great strides toward settling decades of conflict.”

Dec. 19

Netanyahu lays out his plans for Mideast peace

Dec. 19

Solana’s recommendations on climate change and international security

Dec. 20

‘World must hold Israel accountable’

Dec. 20

Many Americans say Christianity not the only way to eternal life

Dec. 21

Report: Assad won’t talk to Olmert gov’t

Dec. 21

False prophets will arise

MinistryWatch.com released its 2008 list of “Donor Alert Ministries” — 30 Christian ministries that have fraudulent financial practices.

Dec. 22

Olmert: Peace with Syria is attainable

Dec. 22

Syrian president: direct talks with Israel possible

Dec. 22

Blair: Religions’ role in global ‘Alliance Of Values’

“Peaceful co-existence cannot take root unless we have strong alliances not only across nations but across faiths, through values we hold in common.”

Dec. 23

Solana appoints a personal representative for Energy and Foreign Policy

Dec. 23

Olmert orders Jerusalem-area separation fence built by 2010

Dec. 23

Blair says faith is vital to understand Middle East

Dec. 23

Sarkozy assesses the French EU presidency

Dec. 24

Finally, A Gift I Need! — Adam’s Angle

Forget what you want. This Christmas do you have what you need?

Dec. 27

Arab League sets special summit to discuss Gaza crisis

Dec. 27

PA ‘ready’ to take Gaza if Hamas ousted

Dec. 27

Israel defends Gaza op to UN chief

Dec. 27

Solana calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

“The European Union’s top foreign-policy official on Saturday condemned as ‘unacceptable’ the death of Palestinian civilians in Israeli air-strikes and called for an end to violence.”

Dec. 27

World leaders react to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

Dec. 28

EU expresses ‘grave concern’ at Israeli attacks on Gaza

Dec. 28

Syria suspends indirect peace talks with Israel

Dec. 28

Tricky times for EU as Sarkozy hands presidency to Czechs

“The European Union faces one of the oddest baton changes in its history next week. France, in the inexhaustible shape of Nicolas Sarkozy, will hand over the presidency of the EU to an inexperienced Czech government split between a Euro-negative President and a Euro-positive Prime Minister.”

Dec. 28

Rick Warren gives keynote address at Muslim convention

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren told a sold-out banquet audience at the 8th annual Muslim Public Affairs Council convention that churches and mosques must team up to solve the world’s problems.

Dec. 29

Turkey freezes Israel-Syria mediation

Dec. 29

Marked changes in world’s political, economic landscape

Dec. 29

EU calls crisis meeting on Gaza violence

Dec. 29

UN secretary general condemns violence in Gaza

Dec. 30

2008: A Year in Review — What Holly Thinks

What happened in 2008 that indicates the Day of the Lord is near?

Dec. 30

The world can’t afford to sit back and watch

Dec. 30

Solana congratulates new head of EUPOL COPPS

Dec. 31

EU ministers meet on Gaza crisis

Dec. 31

Mideast “Quartet” urges ceasefire in Gaza, Israel

Dec. 31

Blair visits Middle East amid pressure to broker ceasefire

Dec. 31

Interfaith cooperation and new beginnings marked California’s religion news in 2008