- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Arabs double Jewish growth

JERUSALEM — The number of Arabs living in Jerusalem grew twice as fast as the city’s Jewish population in the past decade, according to a report published yesterday by an Israeli research institute.

At current growth rates, Jews will comprise 60 percent of the holy city’s population by 2020, compared with 66 percent now, according to projections by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.

It said the Arab population would rise from 34 percent to 40 percent in the same period.


Nuclear plant seen in 15 years

KUWAIT CITY — It could take Gulf states up to 15 years to establish a planned peaceful nuclear program, Kuwait’s foreign minister said in remarks published yesterday. Oil-rich Arab states announced in December that they had commissioned a study for a joint nuclear program.

“As of the minute the decision was taken, it could take 12 to 15 years for the nuclear plant to be completed,” Sheik Mohammed Al Sabah, the foreign minister, was quoted by the Al-Qabas newspaper as saying.

He said Kuwait has a plan ready on what the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council need to begin a preliminary study. He said the plan would be discussed at a GCC foreign ministers meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Weekly notes …

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel will meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday during a gathering of Nobel laureates in Jordan, his office said yesterday. “Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accepted the Jordanian government’s invitation to attend the Nobel laureates meeting in the town of Petra next Tuesday. During the meeting the prime minister is expected to meet Jordan’s King Abdullah,” it said. … The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and strike group arrived in the Gulf yesterday to provide air support for ground troops operating in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. Navy announced. The Nimitz will replace the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower as part of the Navy’s 5th Fleet based in Bahrain, the statement said. The USS John C. Stennis is the other carrier carrying out operations in the region.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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