31 janvier 2014

Middle East peace mediators to meet in Munich

Top officials from the United Nations, United States, Russia and European Union will meet on Saturday to discuss how they can help US Secretary of State John Kerry's drive for a Middle East peace deal, the EU said on Friday. The meeting of the so-called Quartet of Middle East peace mediators will be held in Munich on the sidelines of the annual security conference there. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she would chair the meeting with Kerry, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei... [Lire la suite]
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31 janvier 2014

US peace mediator Indyk spill beans on US-led framework agreement

The US Mideast peace envoy adumbrated the framework agreement being negotiated before US Jewish leaders Thursday, and said that a solid majority of settlers will remain under Israeli sovereignty.Martin Indyk told a conference of Jewish organizations that the framework agreement between Israelis and Palestinians will include compensation for Palestinian refugees, and will also reference the right to compensation for Jews who were forced to flee Arab countries on the eve of Israel's formation. Indyk noted that roughly 75%-85% of Jewish... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2014

FM Liberman: PM's words got twisted, Israel wouldn't leave settlers under Palestinian rule

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Thursday during a tour of the Golan Heights that Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett "did the right thing when he apologized to the prime minister...It's okay to argue with the prime minister, but not to lash out at him." Liberman's comments come after a tense three-day spat between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Bennett ended. "I don't understand why the prime minister's words were spread as they were. There was never any intention to leave Israelis under Palestinian sovereignty. I am... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2014

DM Ya'alon: Democracy in the Arab world doubtful during my lifetime

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon expressed reserved hope on Thursday for stability in the Middle East, voicing skepticism that democratic governments could rule in the Arab world during his lifetime. "We [Israel] are firm supporters of democracy and I wish that we were surrounded by other democracies, but I don't think I will get to see democracy in the Arab world during my lifetime," he said during a visit to Germany. During a meeting with his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen, the defense minister stated that the situation in... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2014

President Peres: Time to make historic decisions, not political ones

President Shimon Peres met on Thursday with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is visiting Israel. In a joint statement with the UK PM, Peres addressed the Israel-PA peace talks, saying: "This is the time to make historical decisions and not political ones." The president added that "Israel is at its most critical period of time since 1948. The repercussions of wrong decision-making today will be irreversible in the future. We can achieve peace and Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) has very serious intentions." He stressed: "There is a... [Lire la suite]
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28 janvier 2014

Livni: Israel wants to reach peace agreement, but not at any cost

In a conference held by the Institute for National Security Studies, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is in charge of negotiations with the Palestinians, said: "We want to reach an agreement, but not at all cost." She added that "the possibility for the Palestinians to have a real state goes through the negotiation room and not in the UN." "There are those in this country who are disappointed that there is no partner [for peace] on the Palestinian side," Livni said . "The point is not to expose the other side's face, but to reach an... [Lire la suite]
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27 janvier 2014

A Shabaq report finds terror attacks doubled in 2013

A report from the General Security Service, the Shabaq, has found that the number of terror incidents more than doubled last year particularly in Judea and Samaria. The report details some 1,271 attacks last year compared to fewer than 600 in 2012. There were 55 attacks that originated in Gaza which is a drop of 95 percent. This is attributed to the understandings reached in the wake of the pillar of defense operation. More than 70 rockets and mortars were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip. The report also found that half of the... [Lire la suite]
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27 janvier 2014

Syrian opposition: Israeli jets bomb missile launchers in Latakia

Israeli fighter planes bombarded S-300 missile launchers in the Syrian port city of Latakia late Sunday, Syrian opposition groups were quoted as saying by Israel's Channel 2 television. Residents of the city reported hearing loud explosions just around midnight. Opposition sources are quoted as saying that the explosion took place in the Sheikh Dahar neighborhood just near the local port, Channel 2 reported. The claims by the opposition have not been confirmed by any official sources. Israel has on numerous occasions been fingered as... [Lire la suite]
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26 janvier 2014

Netanyahu’s downbeat assessment of agreement reached in Geneva contrasts with Kerry’s most recent appraisal

No permanent agreement with Iran over its nuclear program will be possible if Tehran continues to insist it will not dismantle a single centrifuge, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday. Netanyahu’s comments, made at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, came less than a week after the interim agreement with Iran to halt some elements of its nuclear program went into effect. Iran, and not negotiations with the Palestinians, dominated his talks with world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the prime... [Lire la suite]
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25 janvier 2014

Kerry says West Bank occupation will end when Israel is assured new state is not launchpad for terror

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday told an annual conference of international business and political leaders that a final peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians would include the complete removal of Israeli troops from Palestinian territory. "Palestinians need to know that at the end of the day their territory will be free of Israeli troops – that occupation ends," Kerry said in a speech at the global economic forum in Davos, Switzerland. But, he added, that day would not come until Israel was certain that the... [Lire la suite]
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