31 août 2009

Peres -Solana

             EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Monday told President Shimon Peres that his impression of his meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad was that he is interested in resuming negotiations with Israel. Peres replied, "If Assad is interested in peace with Israel, he must enter into direct negotiations without preconditions." The president stressed the importance of remembering that Israel's presence in the Golan Heights was the result of a Syrian attack, adding that... [Lire la suite]
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30 août 2009

Jerusalem wants IAEA report on Iran released

            Israel wants the International Atomic Energy Agency to release a classified report on Iran's alleged nuclear weapons experiments, government officials said Sunday, following Friday's release of an IAEA report that was welcomed by Teheran as "positive." Although the report said that Iran was stonewalling about "possible military dimensions" to its nuclear program, the report was far less critical of it than Israel would have liked. According to government... [Lire la suite]
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30 août 2009

Israel: IAEA hiding far more incriminating evidence on Iran

            Despite the publication of a critical report on Iran's nuclear program, senior Israeli diplomatic officials are accusing the International Atomic Energy Agency of "hiding critical information on Iran's nuclear progress," the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. IAEA officials said Iran was stonewalling the agency about "possible military dimensions" to its program. In the report, the IAEA said it has pressed Iran to clarify its uranium enrichment activities and... [Lire la suite]
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30 août 2009

Report: Hamas gets days to respond to Shalit offer

            The German mediator in the talks for the release of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit has presented Hamas with a new proposal to which Hamas would have three days to respond, according to German weekly Der Spiegel. Meanwhile, the London-based daily Al-Hayat reported over the weekend that Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal is due to arrive in Cairo on Tuesday to approve a deal for Shalit's release. Palestinian news agency Ma'an, however, says there has been limited progress in finalizing... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2009

Hamas delegation returns to Gaza from Shalit talks in Cairo

               A Hamas delegation headed by group strongman Mahmoud Zahar returned to the Gaza Strip from Cairo on Saturday, after holding talks regarding a prisoner swap deal that would secure the release of abducted Israel Defense Soldier Gilad Shalit. Zahar, alongside Ahmed Jabari, the head of the Hamas's military wing and a leading Hamas figure on prisoner exchange talks, arrived in Cairo on Monday, where they reportedly met with top Egyptian security officials. Also on Saturday,... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2009

UN: Iran nuclear program may have 'military dimensions'

           A new report commissioned by the International Atomic Energy Agency says that Iran's nuclear energy program may contain "military dimensions." In other words, the IAEA report states that Iran may be working towards acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. The report was issued just prior to the annual meeting of IAEA member states which is scheduled to convene next month in Vienna. A senior Iranian envoy angrily denounced the assessment as "fabrication," i Advertisement... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2009

Diplomats tell AP UAE seized cargo ship carrying banned arms from North Korea earlier this month

            The United Arab Emirates has seized a cargo ship earlier this month bound for Iran with a cache of banned arms from North Korea, the first such seizure since sanctions against North Korea were ramped up, diplomats and officials told The Associated Press on Friday. The seizure was carried out in accordance with tough new UN Security Council sanctions meant to derail North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Diplomats identified the vessel as a Bahamas-flagged cargo vessel, the ANL... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2009

Security Council extends Lebanon force with same mandate

          The Security Council extended on Thursday the mandate of UN peacekeepers in Lebanon but sidestepped the issue of whether they could do more to stop Hezbollah building up an armed presence in the south. Israel has criticized the UNIFIL force for not stopping weapons it says are flowing to Hezbollah guerrillas who might again bombard northern Israel with rockets as they did during a 2006 war. The United Nations says that is the primary responsibility of the Lebanese authorities. On July 14, an... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2009

'There's an offer on the table; Iran needs to respond positively'

            In a joint press conference held between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday afternoon, Merkel expressed the need to put harsher sanctions against Iran in order to force it to abandon its nuclear program, and was also adamant in the demand for a halt in West Bank settlement construction. "We feel a ban on future settlements is an important building block to making the prelaunch of the peace process possible," Merkel said. The... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2009

Protestors gather near Defense Ministry, raise empty birthday chair in air in honor of kidnapped soldier

            On the backdrop of reports on progress made in the negotiations for a prisoner exchange deal, activists of the Gilad Shalit Campaign marked his 23rd birthday Thursday evening. Some 100 people gathered near the Defense Ministry building at Tel Aviv's Kirya base, planning to light 23 torches when it got dark. They raised an empty birthday in the air and waved signs directed at the soldiers: "Are you going home (for the weekend)? Gilad want to too." At the same time, the... [Lire la suite]
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