Archive: January 2009
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“Religious leaders on both sides should use their clout to call their constituencies for exercise maximum restraint.”
“Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), is travelling to the Middle East from Sunday, 4 January to Thursday, 8 January 2009 in order to
discuss the extremely serious situation in Gaza…”
“The United States inaugurated its largest embassy ever on Monday, a fortress-like compound in the heart of the Green Zone — and the most visible sign of what U.S. officials call a new chapter in relations between America and a more sovereign Iraq.”
“The UN Security Council has scheduled a meeting for late Tuesday afternoon to discuss adoption a resolution to halt the violence in Gaza.”
Henry Kissinger told CNBC reporters that the Gaza conflict provides Barack Obama with a unique opportunity to create a ‘new world order.’
“The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce its support of a project to develop a plan for the management and preservation of the archaeological site of Babylon.”
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy have warned the US not to block attempts to build an international financial regulator, calling for a new economic body similar to the UN’s Security Council.”
“Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for ‘global governance’”
“In his final press conference before he leaves office next Tuesday, US President George W. Bush on Monday strongly backed Israel in its fight against Hamas and echoed none of the international community’s criticism for the IDF’s attack on Gaza.”
Did the 70th Week of Daniel start on Jan. 1, 2007? If so, then we should expect to see the creation of a new world political, economic and religious order. So here are the stories FP will be watching this year.
“Brussels has ‘paused’ negotiations with Tel Aviv over a planned upgrade to EU-Israel relations, as the Palestinian death toll passed the 1,000 mark on Wednesday (14 January).”
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he believes a cease-fire will be in place before Tuesday. “I think the latest events have proven that the sooner we get a formal agreement for permanent peace in the Middle East, all the better,” he said.
“DW-WORLD.DE spoke to Israel’s former ambassador to Germany, Avi Primor, about the reasons for the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip and how the EU can help bring about peace between the Jews and Palestinians.”
“Israel can expect to find the incoming Obama administration unsympathetic, as its predecessors have been, to any expansion of settlements, and probably more critical than was the Bush administration as regards broken Israeli government promises to dismantle illegal outposts.”
“Mitchell is highly regarded for his work as a negotiator in the successful Northern Ireland peace process, and his selection would put a clear stamp on the Middle East as a top priority.”
“Ultimately, the objective of diplomacy is to create agreed rules. Rules on political participation, demarcation of borders or movements of military equipment. Rules to end conflicts within or between states … The accumulation of rules, procedures and institutions sounds like dreary work but it is what global civilisation is built on.”
“President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Israel to open its borders with Gaza, in a powerful sign of his new administration’s break with Bush-era policy on the Middle East and the world as a whole.”
“A recent Pew poll shows 55 percent of U.S. Republicans, but only 45 percent of Democrats, approve of Israel’s actions in Gaza. Given that Democrats now rule, Israel may need to worry more about the mood on Main Street than on the Arab Street.”
“From the way God is moving today, even without some terrific eye of faith, I have been persuaded it will be fulfilled in our lifetimes and I personally think in the next decade,” said the president of Campus Crusade for Christ International, Steve Douglass.
“EU foreign-policy chief Javier Solana on Tuesday pledged that Europe would continue working to secure a lasting truce between Israel and Hamas, to deliver aid to Palestinians, and to help broker a reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions.”
“EU foreign affairs supremo Javier Solana has heralded the new US administration — and voiced hope about the prospects of a permanent ceasefire in the Middle East.”