Al-Zahar said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and their security apparatus are fighting the “resistance” in the West Bank, but stressed, “We will not change our policies even after we win the coming elections. These are our policies, and we will not waive our rights, even if they continue with the siege.Continue Reading »
The Israeli navy declined to comment on the report. However, it is known that Israeli warships have only recently returned to using the canal after unilaterally avoiding it due to fears of a terror attack on their ships. Joining a US flotilla would certainly be a safer option for them. Egyptian opposition figures have beenContinue Reading »
The announcement comes two-and-a-half weeks after the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident in which Israeli soldiers acting in self-defense resulted in the deaths of nine activists. Regarding the new plans for easing the blockade, the press release said the “Cabinet will decide in the coming days on additional steps to implement this policy.” Despite theContinue Reading »
“In an ideal world, the assault by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara would not have ended up with nine dead and a score wounded. In an ideal world, the soldiers would have been peacefully welcomed on to the ship.” Aznar also criticizes Turkey, to which the Marmara belonged, for placing Israel “in an impossibleContinue Reading »
The United States joined the Human Rights Council for the first time last year. “US leadership at the Human Rights Council matters. Without US engagement here, we leave a vacuum of leadership which will get filled by the priorities of others,” she said. Pakistan, speaking for the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), as wellContinue Reading »
“In the name of the Palestinian people…we stress that we are taking the path of resistance. Their campaigns will do no good, and history and geography will not lie. We ask Allah to extend your life and the lives of all who support Palestine and the noble resistance.” Kashlak, 39, heads the Palestinian Businessmen AssociationContinue Reading »
“We’re very excited, it looks like 2010 is going to be a record year,” said Shani. “Obviously it’s doing good for the Israeli economy, for employment in Israel, all over the country—in the south, in the north, in the center. We are very excited and we are very glad that people from all over theContinue Reading »
He said the flotilla raid, which left nine Turkish activists killed, had “destroyed any chance for peace in the near future, mainly because it proved that this government is another pyromaniac government, and you cannot achieve peace with such a government.” Israel and United States and Britain have accused Syria of arming Hizbullah withContinue Reading »
“Even if vessels headed for Gaza will be inspected by foreign security personnel, this (lifting blockade) will be a major security breach,” said the Shin Bet chief. “First of all, there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Secondly, I have no problem with easing the restrictions on the shipment of goods from Israel to Gaza.Continue Reading »
Furthermore, Samir Geagea, a key member of Lebanon’s fragile coalition, has just quit over the government’s refusal to discuss the disarmament of Hizbullah, an increasingly strong partner in the coalition and whose militia is considered more powerful than the Lebanon army. Unable to govern itself and under the tightening bear hug of Syria, Lebanon’s governmentContinue Reading »
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