Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Jordan‘s largest mosque on the second day of his visit to the Middle East. The pontiff will pray inside the King Hussein Mosque in the capital, Amman, before addressing local Muslim leaders.
He began the day with a visit to Mount Nebo, where the Bible says Moses saw the Promised Land before he died. Analysts say the Pope is keen to mend relations with the Islamic world. Many Muslims took offence to a speech he made in 2006. The Pope’s eight-day tour – his first to the region as pontiff – will take him to Israel and the West Bank. As he arrived in Amman on Friday he described himself as a “pilgrim of peace” and stressed his “deep respect” for Islam.
The problem has never been with the Pope’s respect for Islam but with Islam’s respect to the Pope!
A large stockpile of unexploded weapons has disappeared in Gaza, before United Nations experts were able to dispose of it safely. The explosives, including aircraft bombs and white phosphorus shells, were fired by the Israeli military during its recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.
UN officials said they were urgently trying to establish where the arms had gone and have called for their return. Israel has accused Hamas of taking the stockpile, which was under Hamas guard.
So, what are we expecting now? A provocative act that will turn in flames Gaza once more or a series of terrorists acts? And if something happens what will be the truth, terrorism of provocation?
Voting is taking place in Israel in an early election called by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is stepping down. The favourite to become prime minister is Binyamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing opposition party, Likud.
But his opinion-poll lead has been reduced in recent weeks by Tzipi Livni, who heads the centrist Kadima, the largest party in the government. Mr Olmert announced months ago that he was standing down in the face of corruption allegations. An attempt to form a new government without elections failed.
The choice is the hawks or the vultures?
An Israeli citizen convicted of spying for Hezbollah in 2002 has been deported to Lebanon.
There are rumors that the release of Nasim Nisr could be part of a prisoner swap between Israel and Lebanon. Mr. Nisr was born in Lebanon to a Jewish mother and a Shia Muslim father. He left the country in 1982 and became an Israeli citizen.
When his jail sentence ended a month ago, Israel opted to revoke his citizenship and deport him to Lebanon. Mr. Nisr was driven to the border crossing near Lebanon’s southern town of Naqoura in an unmarked white jeep and handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The wall moved from Berlin to the Middle East and unfortunate Lebanon always in the middle!
Lebanon‘s army has overturned two key measures in an attempt to defuse the crisis between the pro-western government and Shia group Hezbollah.
The army said the Hezbollah-allied head of security at Beirut airport should remain in his post and the group’s phone network be maintained. A row over these two issues sparked this week’s violence in which at least 24 people have died. The army also called on all groups to withdraw gunmen from Beirut’s streets.
Hezbollah must back-up fast if they want to keep any dignity to their acts and not become a terrorist group in the minds of the people which is worst than any administration.