JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Two Iranian warships bound for Syria withdrew a request to sail through the Suez Canal.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Wednesday night that the ships were en route to Syria via the Suez Canal.
But Thursday the ships stopped in an area near the Saudi Arabian Red Sea port city of Jiddah after reportedly withdrawing a request to traverse the canal. Other reports suggest that the ships never requested permission to cross through the canal.
WASHINGTON (JTA) – A combination of calculation, luck and principles are steering the Obama administration to emphasize democracy and human rights in the Middle East in the post-Mubarak era.
On Tuesday, President Obama laid out a revamped strategy that takes into account U.S. strategic interests in the region while also emphasizing the need to accommodate uprisings that have swept away governments in Egypt and Tunisia, as well as protests nipping at U.S. allies in Barhain, Jordan and Yemen.
Reason for optimism in post-Mubarak era, says Schumer, at congressional breakfast; Tehran nuclear ambitions worry N.Y. delegation.
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The uncertain future of Israel’s powerful neighbor dominated the speeches at Sunday’s annual congressional breakfast sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, held less than 48 hours after the demise of Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade reign over Egypt.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Although it’s still far from clear how the uprising in Egypt is going to play out, the volatility there is already raising questions in Israel about the Jewish state’s readiness for a war on several fronts.
The optimistic view in Israel is that a wave of democracy will sweep the Middle East from Cairo to Tehran, making war in any form less likely.
The pessimists -- there are many here -- see an ascendant Islamic radicalism taking hold in Egypt and elsewhere, thus compounding the military threats facing Israel.
(JTA) -- Iranian officials blamed Israel and the United States for protests that broke out in the Islamic Republic, leaving one dead and dozens injured.
"The parliament condemns the Zionist, American, anti-revolutionary and anti-national action of the misled seditionists," Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Tuesday during an open session of parliament a day after the demonstrations in support of the peoples' revolution in Egypt that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak..
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Four Israeli embassies may be closed after receiving serious threats.
Israel's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that security at the embassies, which it did not identify, had increased to the maximum level. Security at all Israeli embassies has been increased as well, according to reports.
The ministry said in Tuesday's statement that "a number of irregular incidents targeting Israeli destinations were recorded in the past few days."
JEURSALEM (JTA) -- An Egyptian opposition leader has declared his country's peace treaty with Israel over.
Ayman Nour, who plans to be a candidate for president of Egypt and who heads the secular-liberal Tomorrow Party, reportedly told Egyptian Radio Sunday that "The Camp David accord is over," and said that Egypt should renegotiate the accord's terms.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Palestinian Authority said it will hold elections by September in what is being seen as a response to the political upheaval in Egypt.
The decision to have parliamentary and presidential elections was announced Saturday in the West Bank city of Ramallah. It followed a meeting of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas and oversees the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas rejected the announcement and said it would not participate in the elections.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed statements by Egypt's military that it would honor the peace treaty with Israel.
"The longstanding peace treaty between Israel and Egypt has greatly contributed to both countries and is the cornerstone for peace and stability in the entire Middle East," Netanyahu said Saturday night in his first comments since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned on Feb. 11, ceding power to the military.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The next Egyptian government should recognize its peace with Israel, the White House said.
"It's important that the next government of Egypt recognize the accords that have been signed with Israel," spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a news conference after President Obama congratulated Egyptians after Hosni Mubarak left the presidency.
Obama in his statement said the United States would provide assistance toward transitioning Egypt to democracy, "if asked" and said "nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day."