Israel in the News reports that U.S. military operations in Iraq formally ended this week with the lowering of the flag of American forces in Bagdad. It’s expected that the 5,500 troops still in Iraq will be leaving well in advance of the year-end deadline. On the other front, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the 33,000 troops in Afghanistan that they are schedule to leave that country by next October.
Also this week:
- A large number of voters turned out for the second round of parliamentary elections in Egypt; two Islamic groups won a large majority in the first round.
- A recent explosion at an Iranian steel factory killed a number of foreign nationals, prompting speculation that North Koreans may be helping Iran’s nuclear program.
- U.S. House and Senate leaders have agreed to compromise legislation imposing new sanctions that target Iran’s central bank.
- New reports from the U.N. indicate a brutal pattern of murder and other crimes committed against the Syrian people by its government.
- Time Magazine named “The Protestor” as Person of Year, a tribute to those bringing change across the Arab Word as well as anti-corporate demonstrations in the U.S. and Europe.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features IFCJ’s Ami Farkas with a commentary on Palestinian officials’ request to UNESCO to have the Cave of the Patriarchs, one of the holiest Jewish sites in Israel, named as a Palestinian Heritage Site.
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