» 06/21/2007, 00.00
ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Fallout from Palestinian crisis to be discussed at four-party summit next Monday
Egypt, which took the summit initiative, will be joined by the PNA, Israel and Jordan. Abbas’ aides demand the meeting lead to concrete results. Tzipi Livni and Salam Fayyad make first phone contact.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The new situation created by the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip and the subsequent decision of Arab states but also the United States and Israel to support Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas will be at the centre of discussions to be held next week, probably Monday, during a summit that will include leaders from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the PNA.
The regional summit, initiated by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, is scheduled to take place at the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, said Yaser Abed Rabbo, one of Mr Abbas’ close aides.
Another senior aide to the Palestinian leader, Saeb Erekat, said Thursday that Abbas will call for a resumption of peace talks with Israel, arguing that only progress toward Palestinian statehood can serve as a true buffer against Hamas.
“We need to deliver the end of occupation, a Palestinian state. If we don't have hope, Hamas will export despair to the people,” Erekat said.
As immediate steps, Erekat said, Abbas will ask Israel to remove West Bank checkpoints that disrupt daily life and trade, and transfer hundreds of millions of dollars in Palestinian tax funds Israel froze after Hamas came to power last year.
Meanwhile, for the first time since the new Palestinian government was established, senior level contacts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were initiated on Wednesday.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni spoke Wednesday on the telephone with Salam Fayyad, the PA prime minister, and discussed the implications of the Hamas takeover in the Gaza Strip and the possibilities of dialogue now that the Islamists out of the government.
Israel must now choose between democracy and extremism, Palestinians say
For Bernard Sabella, Christian lawmaker for Fatah, Israel faces a crucial choice: work for a two-state solution or for the ascendancy of only one. Disillusionment in the future of the peace process comes after years of little progress. For Hamas election results represent the victory of “a culture of terrorism.” Palestinian National Authority will have the same “expectations of the international community.”
09/07/2007 ISRAEL – ARAB LEAGUE
Arab League delegation visits Israel for the first time
The meeting, scheduled for Thursday, will give Arabs a chance to find out Israel’s attitudes towards the peace plan which includes recognition by the 22-member League of the Jewish state in exchange for a return to the pre-1967 border, the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and a “just solution” the Palestinian refugee question.
Kosovo-styled independence raising doubts among Palestinians
In a statement the secretary general of PLO Central Committee raises the possibility that Palestine might follow Kosovo’s path but causes instead mixed reactions about its chances.
08/03/2010 PALESTINE – US – ISRAEL
Biden mission to start indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians meets with scepticism
US vice president is in Jerusalem, plans to talk with leaders on both sides. He will stop in Jordan and Egypt, and meet Tony Blair on Wednesday. Israel announces new construction in the West Bank.
25/06/2007 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Sharm el-Sheikh summit: finding ways to help Abbas
Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian and Jordanian leaders are taking part in a difficult summit to help the PNA president gain support among his own people and avoid another clash with Hamas.
Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists
Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.
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