• Muslims have given more than $1 billion in Pakistani relief effort

    Responding to criticism that Muslims have not stepped up in the aid effort after flooding in Pakistan destroyed more than a million homes this month, Pakistani officials said that Muslims have given more than $1 billion in aid. According to the Associated Press: Foreign countries have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to help Pakistan… More ▸

  • Bhutto Killing Sets off Alarms in Israel over Pakistan’s Nukes

    For Israelis, the assassin that killed Benazir Bhutto removed another barrier shielding the Jewish state from the Islamic bomb. Israel’s media and leadership portrayed the sniper-suicide bombing attack Thursday that ended the onetime Pakistani prime minister’s life as a blow to hopes for a bridge to the Islamic world. They also suggested it raised the… More ▸

  • With Pakistan in Turmoil, Israel Keeps Eye on Nukes

    With the pro-U.S. regime of Pervez Musharraf in crisis following the Pakistani president’s move to suspend his country’s constitution and scuttle planned parliamentary elections, Israel is watching the developments with great concern. The turmoil in Pakistan presents Israel with several nightmare scenarios. One is that radical Islamists with ties to al-Qaida defeat Musharraf and get… More ▸

  • In Surprise Move, Pakistani Leader to Address American Jewish Groups

    When Pakistan’s president visits the United States in September for the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly, his itinerary will include an unusual stop for the leader of a Muslim nation with no ties to Israel: the American Jewish Congress. Pervez Musharraf’s decision to address a group of American Jewish leaders at a… More ▸

  • Backgrounder India-pakistan Tensions Mirror the Israeli-palestinian Conflict

    When Israel this week asked its citizens to cut short their vacations in India, it was reacting to the mounting tensions between India and Pakistan. Centered on competing demands for the province of Kashmir, the conflict between India and Pakistan has a number of parallels to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: In both cases, territorial demands are… More ▸

  • Pakistan May Be Sharing Nuclear Technology with Saudis, Some Worry

    Diplomatic concern is mounting over reports that Saudi Arabia is financing Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program as a way of acquiring its own nuclear capability. Suspicions about Saudi unclear ambitions have been raised in diplomatic circles after revelations that Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz visited Pakistan’s secret nuclear facilities in May. An unnamed… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Pakistan’s Nuclear Capacity Worries Israel, Thrills Muslims

    What’s wrong with Pakistan’s nuclear capability? Only that it’s not Iranian, according to one Palestinian school of thought. While Israeli officials are reacting with dismay at the possibility that Pakistan’s recent nuclear tests could lead to a Muslim nation in possession of the nuclear bomb, many Palestinians received news of the tests with the same… More ▸

  • Diplomatic Flap with Pakistan Erupts After Israel Refuses an Entry to Gaza

    A diplomatic storm erupted this week over Israel’s refusal to allow a Pakistani ambassador to enter the Gaza Strip because he did not contact Israeli officials prior to the visit. Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto reportedly canceled her plans to visit Gaza next week as a result of the incident. Bhutto, whose predominantly Muslim country… More ▸