» 03/02/2009, 00.00
Aid for Gaza being decided amid difficulties
Donors’ conference is underway today. It is likely to settle on US$ 2.8 billion in aid. But willingness to rebuild will be shaped by political problems like Hamas’ status as a terrorist organisation according the West, intra-Palestinian divisions, truce with Israel and the Saudi-Iranian fight for regional supremacy.
30/04/2010 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – US
Obama thinking about a conference to create a Palestinian state
An international conference might be proposed should indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks fail. The US president has already contacted European leaders on the issue. Palestinian President Abbas might call on the United Nations to recognise officially a Palestinian state. Israel’s Netanyahu is set to meet Egypt’s Mubarak after winning a decisive victory against Likud’s hardliners.
18/11/2009 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
As Palestinian homes get demolished, new Israeli housing units are built
Twenty-four homes are demolished in Al-Isawiya. The expansion of the illegal settlements of Gilo (home to 40,000 Israelis) makes a contiguous Palestinian state nearly impossible. For Ban Ki-moon, such actions undermine peace. The US reacts timidly following Obama’s about-turn.
09/01/2009 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
United Nations votes for truce but bombs and rockets continue in Gaza
Fourteen of the council's 15 members vote in favour of a Security Council resolution. United States abstains. Text calls for a ceasefire, free passage for humanitarian aid, and an Israeli pullout. It also condemns all acts of terrorism and violence against civilians and calls for greater monitoring of arms and ammunition smuggling into the Strip. The number of dead is growing among Palestinians (750) and Israelis (16). UNRWA stops relief operations after one of its drivers is killed. The International Red Cross accuses Israel of not helping the wounded.
10/01/2009 ISRAEL - PALESTINE - UN
UN resumes distribution of aid in Gaza. Third week of war begins
The humanitarian situation in the Strip is becoming increasingly "worrying": 80% of the Palestinian population face critical conditions, while the death toll has risen to 800. Israel and Hamas reject a UN resolution calling for a ceasefire, and continue to fight.
Lebanese government gets more than seven billion dollars from the West and moderate Arab nations
Saudi Arabia, the US and France top the list at donor’s conference. Tehran ad Riyadh announce meeting to discuss the Lebanese crisis.
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