Sep 15, 2010

Ahmadinejad Coming to U.S. Next Week

Joel C. RosenbergBy Joel C. Rosenberg

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to come to New York City next week for his annual pilgrimage to the opening of the U.N. General Assembly’s fall session. He is expected to once again pray for Allah to ”hasten” the coming of the “Twelfth Imam” or the “Promised One.” He may also call for a “new world order,” after making such a call during a summit this week with African leaders.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may also be in the U.S., according to an Israeli media account, though it is not likely the two will cross paths.

“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will fly to Washington DC Sunday, in a surprising development reported by Channel 1 national television Tuesday evening. The station’s political reporter Ayala Hasson said the trip is ’90% certain’ to take place and that it seems to reflect some kind of political development, but that the nature of the development is not known.” ("Surprising Report: Netanyahu will Head to Washington Sunday" Israel National News 09/14/10)
Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas met in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Tuesday for round two of their direct peace talks. They are expected to meet again in Jerusalem today.

The two leaders “discussed ‘core issues’ of a possible solution to the decades-long conflict over the Land of Israel,” reported Israel National News.
“The term ‘core issues’ usually refers to Israeli concessions, including the status of Jerusalem and the holy sites within it, as well as final borders and the Arab demand that descendants of Arab residents who fled decades ago be allowed into Israel. Before the meeting, Netanyahu had insisted that recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and addressing security issues were the primary issues for Israel.”

Related Links
US challenges Iran's leader to bring detained Americans to New York with him - Washington Examiner
Ahmadinejad says Iran, Africa wants new world order - AFP
Netanyahu, Abbas to meet in Jerusalem - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Hamas steps up attacks as Netanyahu agrees they are no bar to talks - DEBKAfile
Mortar Fire and Little Progress as Middle East Talks Continue - New York Times
The Twelfth Imam - Joel C. Rosenberg (Book)