21 septembre 2011

'PA to give UNSC some time to mull statehood bid'

            The Palestinians will give the UN Security Council "some time" to study their application for full membership in the United Nations, a senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday. "We will give some time to the Security Council to consider first our full membership request before heading to the General Assembly," Nabil Shaath, a senior official in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party, told reporters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.... [Lire la suite]
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21 septembre 2011

Obama tells Israelis what they’ve been waiting to hear

             It took some 34 months, but on Wednesday at the UN Israel finally heard the speech it wanted to hear from US President Barack Obama. Gone were so many elements of previous Obama speeches on the Middle East that rankled so many Israelis, and left a taste in many people's mouths that here was a president who simply did not get us; who did not understand our history, our daily reality, or our fears. Gone was any reference to the settlements. Not in this speech were... [Lire la suite]
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21 septembre 2011

Palestinian officials from various factions voiced criticism of US President Obama

               Palestinian officials from various factions voiced criticism of US President Barack Obama for his UN General Assembly address, and accused him of "adopting Israel's stance" to win over the Jewish vote in the upcoming presidential elections. Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, said that the movement expected Obama to show support for the Palestinian cause, and asserted that the US... [Lire la suite]
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20 septembre 2011

Netanyahu-Abbas meeting still unclear

            ‏‏Talks among the Quartet of Middle East peace mediators to find a path to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been productive and should continue, a US official told reporters on Monday. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there is still time to find a solution to the diplomatic crisis over plans by the Palestinians to demand statehood rights at the UN this week. Clinton told reporters in New York that the US is talking with all sides to defuse the... [Lire la suite]
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19 septembre 2011

In Arab world, support for UN gambit close to unanimous

          Israel and the US may be scrambling to scuttle the Palestinian statehood bid, but in the West Bank, Gaza and across the Arab world a nearly unanimous consensus has formed in favor of this week's UN declaration. A poll released Monday by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found 83 percent of Palestinians support the unilateral declaration, and half of respondents said they would join any demonstrations that might break out in its wake.Elsewhere in the Arab world,... [Lire la suite]
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19 septembre 2011

'Israeli diplomats return to Cairo after embassy attack'

           Four Israeli diplomats returned to Cairo after the evacuation of embassy staff earlier this month, Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram's English-language website reported Monday. Israeli officials and their families were flown back to Israel when Egyptian protesters breached a wall surrounding the embassy and broke into an apartment housing mission archives. The consul for state affairs and Ambassador Yitzhak Levanon's deputy was the only diplomat who reportedly remained in Cairo... [Lire la suite]
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19 septembre 2011

PA leaders leave for NY ahead of UN bid

         Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday flew to New York at the head of a large delegation to ask for membership of a Palestinian state in the United Nations. Abbas and the Palestinian delegates went via Amman, where they were seen off by Arab ambassadors to Jordan. The PA delegation consists of a number of top PLO and Fatah officials, including Nabil Sha’ath, Saeb Erekat, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, Yasser Abed Rabbo, Muhammad Shtayyeh and Azzam al- Ahmed. The Ma’an News Agency... [Lire la suite]
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18 septembre 2011

Israel, Egypt, Turkey - shifting sands/JPost

         The many commentators who have lamented in the past few days about the isolation of Israel in the Middle East have apparently forgotten that this is nothing new. Arab armies tried to destroy the newborn state in 1948; successive attempts having failed as well, Arab states dealt with the existence of the Jewish state as with something which had to be endured, not accepted. Yes, peace was achieved between Israel and Egypt, then Jordan, but this was a peace between governments, not... [Lire la suite]
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18 septembre 2011

Defense establishment doesn’t want to punish PA

           The defense establishment is opposed to Israeli punitive action against the Palestinian Authority following its planned unilateral declaration of statehood at the United Nations next week – and particularly with a possible halt to the government transferring customs and tax money it collects on behalf of the PA to Ramallah. Stopping money and tax transfers to the PA has been used as a threat in recent weeks by government officials as one of Israel’s potential responses... [Lire la suite]
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18 septembre 2011

US in midst of diplomatic blitz ahead of PA bid

             At the start of a crucial diplomatic week, Israel is trying to block the planned Palestinian statehood request to the UN Security Council that was presented by Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas on Friday. Members of the Quartet will meet in New York on Sunday in a last-minute effort to bring the two sides back to the negotiating table. The US will try to avoid vetoing the proposal at the Security Council and is trying to persuade six other nations to oppose the... [Lire la suite]
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