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Palestinians: Meeting delayed with Israeli vice PM

June 30th, 2012 Comments off

A scheduled high-profile meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz has been postponed indefinitely, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday.
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Israeli PM slams Palestinian leader’s speech (AP)

February 26th, 2012 Comments off

An Israeli border police officer fires tear gas during clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers in al-Ram, in the West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)AP – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for making an “inflammatory speech” about Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site on Sunday, saying his words undermine peace efforts.

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Hamas sets new terms for reconciliation with Fatah (Reuters)

February 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Reuters – Hamas has set new terms for implementing a reconciliation deal with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s rival Fatah group, an official said Thursday, dimming even further chances the accord will be put into effect.
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Abbas: No Israel talks without settlement freeze (AP)

February 12th, 2012 Comments off

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2012 file photo, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, center, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, right, arrive to sign an agreement in Doha, Qatar. A rare public rift broke open Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in the usually tightly disciplined Islamic movement Hamas over a reconciliation deal that would require it to relinquish key areas of control in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)AP – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told the Arab League he will not resume peace talks without an Israeli settlement freeze.

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Abbas to head interim government

February 6th, 2012 Comments off

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will head an interim unity government to prepare for elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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Abbas proposed as PM in interim unity government (AP)

February 6th, 2012 Comments off

AP – Hamas on Sunday endorsed a proposal by Qatar that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas assume the role of prime minister in an interim Palestinian unity government that would prepare for general elections in the West Bank and Gaza, according to two officials close to the contacts.
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Abbas meets woman who aided 2001 murder of Israeli (AP)

December 21st, 2011 Comments off

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pose before a meeting in Ankara December 21, 2011.  REUTERS/Kayhan Ozer/Prime Minister's Press Office/Handout (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSAP – Israel is furious at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for meeting with a Palestinian woman who lured an Israeli teen to the West Bank in 2001, where he was murdered by Palestinians.

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Jordan’s king pays rare visit to West Bank (AP)

November 22nd, 2011 Comments off

King Abdullah II of Jordan, left, is greeted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, as he arrives in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. King Abdullah II is paying a rare visit to the West Bank to show support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Monday's trip comes as the two moderate leaders seek rapprochement with the Islamic militant Hamas. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)AP – Jordan’s King Abdullah II paid a rare visit to the West Bank on Monday to show support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as the two moderate leaders try to engage with previously shunned Islamists now on the rise in the region.

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King of Jordan pays rare visit to Abbas in West Bank

November 21st, 2011 Comments off

King Abdullah II of Jordan paid a rare visit to the West Bank Monday in a show of support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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The ‘huge vacuum’, the Arabs, Iran & Syria …

November 14th, 2011 Comments off

“… it was those surviving leaders, of such less-than-democratic countries as Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Sudan, to name a few, who instructed their foreign ministers to vote Saturday to suspend Syria from the Arab League over its bloody suppression of the eight-month-old uprising there….the future is looking very uncertain for the creaking Arab political order. Egypt and Tunisia are no longer solid, reliable members of the bloc of conservative, pro-Western “moderate” Arab regimes the United States cobbled together in the aftermath of the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war…
As much as aging Arab autocrats fear their people, they also fear Iran. The last 10 years have been good for Iran.
First, the United States led an international coalition to oust Iran’s bitter enemies, the Taliban, from power in Afghanistan.
Less than two years later, the Americans did it again in Iraq, bringing down another implacable foe of Iran, Saddam Hussein, and then installing a new political order in Baghdad much more friendly to Tehran.
In 2006 the Americans backed Israel’s ill-fated summer war against Iran’s Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, which emerged from the 33-day conflict stronger than ever.
In 2007, Hamas, also friends with Iran, ousted the U.S.-backed Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from Gaza. Iran was an enthusiastic backer of the revolt against the leaders of Bahrain earlier this year, though that uprising was crushed with Saudi help.
In the meantime, there is growing fear over Iran’s perceived nuclear ambitions, those fears stoked by regular pronouncements over the past two decades from Tel Aviv that Iran “is on the verge of producing a nuclear weapon.”
Against this backdrop is an across-the-board diminution of American power in the Middle East.
At the end of this year the United States will end its military presence in Iraq, and soon afterward, it will do the same in Afghanistan.
The Obama administration, with 2012 elections looming and after several half-hearted false starts and high-profile humiliations by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, appears to have given up trying to broker real peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Above and beyond regional issues, the U.S. economy — and thus, its political clout — is in decline. Increasingly, America is viewed in the Middle East as an economically bankrupt, militarily and diplomatically overextended, withering superpower.
In short, a huge vacuum looms in the region, and Iran could be the chief beneficiary.
Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states are alarmed, and are eager to cut Iran down to size. The uprising in Syria went a long way to undercut Iran’s oldest and most reliable Arab ally in Damascus, and Saturday’s vote to suspend Syria from the Arab League was an added bonus. Syria is now isolated more than ever before, which means Iran’s other allies in the region — Hamas and Hezbollah — could suffer, too.
There are other players in this great game.
Turkey, having been repeatedly rebuffed in its attempts to gain membership in the European Union, has struck out on its own under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Missing in the emerging regional equation are any Arab counterweights to a resurgent Turkey, but more immediately, Iran.
Saddam Hussein, who fought an 8-year war with Iran, has been replaced by a government in Baghdad with close ties to Tehran. Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation and once one of the main pillars of the old order, is in the throes of post-revolutionary upheaval.
The surviving members of those group photos at the Arab League are clutching at anything they can to make sure they can live for another summit meeting — and another group photo.”



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