Archive: July 2010
“The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain will visit Gaza following Israel’s ease of the blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory, a move backed as a ‘significant step forward’ by the EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
“Netanyahu also spoke with Gates about the possibility of the U.S. providing Israel with security guarantees in the event of a peace arrangement in the region.”
“On Friday, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Israel of pressuring the Palestinians into joining direct talks without meeting the basic condition for moving forward, freezing the expansion of the settlements, Army Radio reported.”
“Just days after meeting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday phoned PA President Mahmoud Abbas and urged him to change his mind about holding direct talks with Israel, according to a Palestinian official in Ramallah.”
The midterm review of the ENPI nations is due out any day now.
“U.S. special envoy George Mitchell was scheduled to arrive on Thursday to push for direct Israeli-Palestinian talks, amid Israeli optimism that these talks will begin well before the 10-month settlement moratorium ends on September 26.”
Richard Haas, head of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington think-tank, said the EU needs someone of Javier Solana’s stature if it wants to have international clout.
“Half the Israeli public wants the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash) to be rebuilt. This is the main finding of a poll commissioned by the Knesset Television Channel and carried out by the Panels Institute.”
“Abbas complained that Obama recently sent him an oral message urging him to launch direct negotiations with Israel unconditionally.”
“Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that he was under pressure from the international community to begin direct negotiations with Israel.”
“Israel is ready to begin direct negotiations with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday, adding that if the Palestinians were willing to open direct talks, Israel might turn over a key road in the north Jerusalem area.”
“Two days before a crucial meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo to decide whether to support direct Israeli- Palestinian talks, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held an unannounced meeting in Amman Tuesday with King Abdullah II in an apparent attempt to get him to support such talks.”
“A secret 36-page memo based on Obama administration statements indicates that the president warned Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to start direct talks with Israel or risk losing American support for the recognition of the PA as a country.”
“Arab League foreign ministers on Thursday authorized the Palestinian Authority to enter into direct negotiations with Israel, but left it up to PA President Mahmoud Abbas to decide on the timing.”
‘Independent commentator Robert Fisk says Israel has become so politically and economically tied to the EU that it is practically a member state. And, strangely, nobody has noticed — except that “grubby top dog” Javier Solana.