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  • by Good News
Egypt's new parliament is already changing the Egyptians' relationships with their neighbors across their northern border—Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip and is vehemently opposed to Israel's existence.
  • by Rex Sexton
When the Gaza flotilla tried to resist the Israeli navy, it led to a shootout with at least nine dead and dozens wounded. Was the flotilla a genuine effort to help the needy or a worldwide publicity stunt?
  • by Cecil Maranville
Tiny, but forever pivotal to world politics, Israel is struggling with a new intifada, a concerted attack on all the Gaza crossings and one in particular—the crossing at Rafah. The strategic importance of "crossings" is identified in Bible prophecy, only by another name.
  • by Jerold Aust, John Ross Schroeder
According to a report from Jerusalem published in the International Herald Tribune, "Hamas has now sent hundreds of its fighters, most of them to Iran. . . Israel is watching as Hamas, in control of Gaza, is building an army there on the model of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon—constructing positions and fortifications."
  • by John Ross Schroeder
Michael Elliott of Time magazine asked some of the right questions: "What is it about the Middle East that makes the conflicts so intractable, such that one summer's guns ineluctably conjure up so many early spasms of violence? Why the hate and where's the healing?" (July 24, 2006).
  • by Darris McNeely
Possession of no other piece of real estate on earth is more contested than the Middle Eastern territory of Palestine. Three of the world's most influential religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, regard it as sacred territory.
  • by Cecil Maranville
Russia is a superpower no longer, so what is behind President Putin’s bold actions toward Hamas, Iran, Eastern Europe and China? Russia will play a critical role in geopolitics and globalization in the 21st century. No longer a superpower, it is still a superplayer.