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ISRAEL - PALESTINE
A final push for UN recognition of Palestine
A draft proposal is before the Security Council. Sweden, Great Britain and France are ready to support it; Germany, which is aligned with the United States and Israel, is not. Despite EU sanctions against the State of Israel over the settlements, Israel is set to approve 1,600 new homes. Israelis and Palestinians trade accusations over the death of a three years Jewish girl in Jerusalem as well as a five-year Palestinian girl near Ramallah.
07/08/2009 PALESTINE – ISRAEL
Fatah congress continues amid confusion and some good points
Pro-reform delegates quit convention hall over voting rules. Differences flare up over the weight to give to Gaza delegates held back by Hamas. Israeli press is positive about the congress’ openness towards dialogue, peace and a “two states, two peoples” solution.
28/09/2010 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Settlements hastening the fusion of Israel and Palestine into a single state
Renewed settlement activities in the Occupied Territories, including East Jerusalem, are a sign of Netanyahu’s impotence, Mahmoud Abbas’ fragility and Obama’s weakness. Every square foot that goes for Jewish settlements makes the birth of a Palestinian state impossible, but it also undermines the idea of Israel as a “home for the Jewish people”. The future could be that of a state for both Arabs and Jews, but Arabs have a higher birth rate.
23/09/2009 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
For Obama talks between Israel and Palestine are urgent, but no one is budging
Pressures by the US president are not generating any response from Netanyahu or Abbas. Both have domestic problems with allies. West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements remain the hardest obstacle to overcome.
21/09/2009 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – US
Few expect much from meeting between Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas
The White House cautions against expecting too much, speaks of an opportunity to bring the three leaders together. For Israelis, it is a “photo opportunity”; for the Palestinians it is a way to show the Americans who is blocking the peace process.
26/06/2007 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Sharm el-Sheikh: peace still distant, great disappointment, little sense of relief
Hamas is rebuked, the PNA will get its money, Palestinian prisoners will be released, but all this is small change compared to Israel’s lost opportunity to start negotiating a peace treaty with the PLO. The last word has not been said though if only the United States and Europe could encourage Olmert in the right direction.
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