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1 posted on 10/28/2006 6:18:28 PM PDT by freedom44
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Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni reportedly plans to attend a U.N. conference on democracy in Qatar next week.

Qatar extends unprecedented invitation to Israeli FM
Al Bawaba ^ | 10/24/06

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Posted on 10/24/2006 8:52:42 AM CDT by Valin


In what has been labeled by some a “breakthrough” in Middle East political relations, Qatar on Tuesday extended an invitation to Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to visit the Arab nation for the first time.

Experts are calling the invitation a part of efforts by “moderate legates” of Arab countries to lead to a diplomatic breakthrough in the region. According to Ynet, the invitation and the possibility of Israel taking up Qatar on the unprecedented move will reportedly be discussed by Israeli leaders on Tuesday afternoon.

Last year, relations between the two countries began to show signs of warming when the foreign minister at the time, Silvan Shalom, met with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasam al-Thani, in New York at the United Nations headquarters.

Qatar at the time revealed that it was contemplating establishing open diplomatic relations with Israel.




Israeli Foreign Minister May Go to Qatar
AP ^ | 10/25/06 | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI

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Posted on 10/25/2006 10:42:30 AM CDT by Valin


JERUSALEM Israel's foreign minister is expected to travel to Qatar next week, a trip that would make her the most senior Israeli official to visit the Gulf state in 10 years. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni plans to attend a U.N. conference on democracy, ministry officials said Wednesday.

Livni would be the highest Israeli official to visit Qatar since then-Prime Minister Shimon Peres traveled there in 1996. The Peres visit paved the way for the opening of an Israeli trade office in Doha and low-level diplomatic ties between the countries. Earlier this week, officials said Livni might discuss the Iranian nuclear program and the fate of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas-linked militants in the Gaza Strip.

Qatar, which has low-level diplomatic ties with Israel, also has good relations with Hamas and has attempted to mediate between the sides in the past. Qatari officials were not immediately available for comment due to the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
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This could be a big thing.
(just one mans opinion, freely given and worth almost that much.)


2 posted on 10/28/2006 7:14:13 PM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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I'm sure the Olmert-bashing brigade will arrive any minute and blame him for not welding together an Arab-Israeli alliance against Iran. :')

Thanks for posting this topic. The old back channel (even before their 1994 treaty) was between King Hussein of Jordan and the Israeli PM's office. Hussein even tried to warn Golda Meir's gov't of the impending October 1973 war. I don't think that's the case with the late King's son and successor.


3 posted on 10/28/2006 7:35:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Dhimmicrati delenda est! https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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DoctorZin Reports:

The original draft of the EU3's UNSC resolution on Iran.

 

Iran Moves to Double Uranium Enrichment.

 

Israeli PM compares Iran With Nazi Germany.

 

The controversy over the Islamic Republics' role in '94 Argentine blast.

 

Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader admits to Iranian malaise over his rule.

 

Here are a few other news items you may have missed.


5 posted on 10/28/2006 9:59:04 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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6 posted on 10/28/2006 9:59:49 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: freedom44

Wow!! A well written piece expressing the true state of affirs and hinting at the reason for the US involvement in Iraq.

It contained no bigoted Christian Arab or Muslim bashing.

There will be FReepers knashing of teeth and breaking keyboards when they read such an article that disagrees with the predigested party line.


8 posted on 10/29/2006 5:18:18 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. get wise while yet you may)
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