21 juin 2010

Netanyahu: Decision to ease Gaza siege weakens Hamas

          cabinet decision to scale back the civilian blockade on Gaza while tightening the security blockade enables Israel to focus on real security issues, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday in an address to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. "The cabinet decision is the best one for Israel, because it eliminates Hamas' main propaganda claim and allows us and our international allies to face our real concerns in the realm of security," Netanyahu said. Netanyahu... [Lire la suite]
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20 juin 2010

Obama sets date for Netanyahu meet, after talks delayed by Gaza flotilla

             U.S. President Barack Obama will host Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting at the White House on July 6. The two were scheduled to meet on June 1, but Netanyahu chose to cancel his visit to Washington after the Israel Navy's deadly raid on Turkish-flagged aid ship bound for the Gaza Strip a day earlier. The White House on Sunday hailed Israel's easing of its land blockade of Gaza and said Obama would discuss "additional steps" with Benjamin Netanyahu during... [Lire la suite]
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20 juin 2010

Israel security cabinet votes to ease Gaza blockade

        Senior cabinet ministerss on Sunday approved steps toward easing Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, days after Jerusalem had issued a non-binding declaration supporting such a move. The Prime Minister's Office announced late last week that the security cabinet had agreed in principle to relax Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip. However, no binding decision was made during the cabinet meeting. The ministers held a long discussion on Wednesday afternoon and another onThursday morning on the topic of... [Lire la suite]
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20 juin 2010

Hamas/Zahar: 'The solution is resistance'

         Senior Hamas official Mahmoud a-Zahar called for West Bank residents to fire rockets into Israel, Israel Radio reported Sunday. "There is no escaping from these rockets in the West Bank," Zahar said to the east Jerusalem newspaper al-Quds. "Why should they only be in the Gaza Strip?" He added that Hamas policy will not change no matter how long the blockade of Gaza continues, and whether or not Hamas will win the next elections in the West Bank. In the past, Zahar has called... [Lire la suite]
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20 juin 2010

President Peres: Terror stops, blockade ends

        The blockade of Gaza will no longer be necessary if Hamas puts a stop to terror and returns kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, said President Shimon Peres Sunday at a Jewish Agency conference. Peres also referred to Israel's diplomacy crisis in the world, stating that delegitimizing Israel legitimizes terrorist organizations such as al-Qaida, Hamas and Hizbullah. He referred to these organizations as "dictatorships that kill indiscriminately." The president also said that Israel must continue... [Lire la suite]
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20 juin 2010

Spat or not, Turkey still using Israeli tech in attacks on Kurdish PKK rebels

           The rhetoric from Turkey's prime minister and reports from Turkey on a freeze of deals with Israeli defense contractors have not kept the Turkish army from using Israeli technology against the Kurdish PKK rebels inside Iraq. According to Turkish sources, the Turkish army has been using Israeli-made drones to locate members of the PKK, an organization on Ankara's list of terrorist groups. Turkey reported late last week that during operations in May, its forces killed some 130 Kurdish... [Lire la suite]
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20 juin 2010

Israel bars German minister from Gaza

           German Development Aid Minister Dirk Niebel was denied entry into the Gaza Strip during his current visit to Israel, German officials said Saturday evening. A ministry spokesman said talks had continued to the last moment with Israeli officials over Niebel's aim to visit the Palestinian areas. Niebel, who arrived in Israel earlier Saturday, had hoped to visit a sewage treatment plant being financed with German development aid. Speaking on the second German TV network ZDF... [Lire la suite]
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20 juin 2010

Egypt rebuffs Hamas demand to rewrite unity pact with Fatah

        Egypt has rejected demands by Hamas to amend a reconciliation pact with rival Palestinian movement Fatah, calling on the Islamist group to sign an existing version of the document. Hamas members were quoted by on Friday as saying Egypt had accepted their proposal for amendments to the pact. But Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Saturday denied bowing to Hamas demands. "Such reports on the reconciliation process are inaccurate and do not represent Egypt's position which stands as it... [Lire la suite]
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20 juin 2010

Egypt opposition angered at government for allowing the fleet of more than 12 ships to cross Egyptian manned waterway

          More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday. According to the report, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships' passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier. The Suez Canal is a strategic Egyptian waterway which connects between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. According to eyewitnesses, the... [Lire la suite]
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19 juin 2010

PM Erdogan: Turkey to continue probing Gaza flotilla raid

              Turkish Prime Minister Recap Tayyip Erdogan said his country would continue to investigate the Israeli attack on the Turkish-flagged aid flotilla the Mavi Marmar in which nine activists were killed, Turkish news agency Andolu reported Saturday. "We have not remained silent against this piracy and injustice, and we will not do so, and we will seek solutions within the framework of international law," Erdogan told reporters in Ankara. Erdogan stressed that Turkey was... [Lire la suite]
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