(JTA) -- Yemen's president blamed Israel for planning and funding protests in several Arab states.
"There is an operations rooms in Tel Aviv with the aim of destabilizing the Arab world," Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh reportedly said Tuesday during a speech at Sanaa University. He said that the operations room is "run by the White House."
"The wave of political unrest sweeping across the Arab world is a conspiracy that serves Israel and the Zionists," he also said.
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.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Events in Egypt are of "deep concern," the Obama administration said, and its government should show restraint.
"Events unfolding in Egypt are of deep concern," P.J. Crowley, the state department spokesman, said Friday through the Twitter social network. "Fundamental rights must be respected, violence avoided and open communications allowed."
Video posted on the Internet has depicted indiscriminate Egyptian police violence against protesters, and authorities have shut down much Internet access.