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  • UN chief invites Arab countries to Mideast Quartet meeting [Zechariah 1-2, 6]

    09/09/2015 10:55:48 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9/4/2015 | Staff
    UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to a meeting this month of the Middle East Quartet seeking a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The foreign ministers of the three Arab countries will join their counterparts from Russia, the United States and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini for the talks on September 30, the UN spokesman said Friday. The secretary general of the Arab League will also attend the meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders. The invitation follows a decision by the Quartet in...
  • Biden: Seize the Moment, Make Peace

    01/13/2014 4:40:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/14 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday urged Israel to seize this moment in history to make peace with the Palestinian Authority (PA), AFP reported. Biden’s comments were made in a meeting with President Shimon Peres, hours after both paid their last respects to former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who was buried on Monday. The meeting focused on the U.S.-led direct peace talks between the sides, which resumed in July. "The one place (in the region) where there's a possibility for an island of stability ... is between the Palestinian people and the Israeli people, in two secure states...
  • Christmas Carols

    12/04/2013 4:38:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    These kids will put a smile on your face on this, the 4th day of Advent.
  • Tony Blair urges Israeli leader to 'take a chance' on peace as 100 prisoners freed (7-21-13)

    07/28/2013 7:26:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    Mirror News ^ | 21 Jul 2013 00:01 | Nigel Nelson
    Tony Blair was in Jerusalem ­yesterday to urge Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: “Give peace a chance.” The ex-Labour Prime Minister, now a go-between in new Middle East peace talks, told Israel’s leader to get a move on with ­concessions to the Palestinians. Mr Netanyahu agreed to free at least 100 Palestinians who have been held in Israeli jails for more than 20 years. In return it is expected that the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will relax his demand that a future Palestinian state must be based on the border from before the 1967 Six-Day War. Hopes of lasting peace in...
  • ‘$4b. for Palestinians contingent on peace progress’

    06/26/2013 7:24:18 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 26, 2013, 4:37 pm | Elhanan Miller
    A $4 billion foreign investment package to boost peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will not be considered unless US Secretary of State John Kerry succeeds in bringing the negotiating parties back to the table, The Times of Israel has learned. “[This package] is not intended as a substitute for the political process,” a Western diplomatic source told The Times of Israel on Wednesday. “It will be launched either in parallel or after the political track is resumed, as judged by John Kerry.” Kerry is scheduled to return to Israel later this week in an effort to relaunch negotiations...
  • Kerry unveils US$4b Palestinian investment plan

    05/26/2013 3:57:54 PM PDT · by haffast · 51 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 May 2013 4:45 AM | AFP/ac
    AL SHUNAH, Jordan: US Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a plan to boost the Palestinian economy by attracting $4 billion in private investment, saying it could transform the lives of the people. As he seeks to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the table to negotiate a peace deal, Kerry said it was also imperative to create jobs and meet the hopes of young people for a better economic future. He has tasked Tony Blair, the Quartet's special envoy to the Middle East, with drawing up a plan to revitalise the West Bank through boosting industries...
  • Lieberman, Abbas Trade Barbs Over Lieberman's Letter

    08/26/2012 10:01:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/12 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas responded on Sunday to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s letter to the International Quartet, in which he called for Abbas to be replaced. Lieberman “doesn’t deserve an answer”, Abbas told an Army Radio reporter on the sidelines of a meeting with members of the Meretz party in Ramallah. He then added, “When he talks about the use of diplomatic terror he does not deserve anything. Everyone knows that we want peace between the two states, and for them to live and stability and security.” Lieberman wrote in his letter to the European Union’s foreign policy chief...
  • No Results in Israel-PA Meeting

    01/09/2012 2:37:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/1/12
    A meeting in Jordan between Israeli and PA negotiators in Jordan ended Monday night with no new breakthroughs reported. Israeli negotiator Yitzchak Molcho met with PA negotiator Saeb Erekat in Amman. The meeting was hosted by the Quartet and Jordan. This was the second meeting between the two since talks were revived several weeks ago. Another meeting is set to take place over the weekend...
  • Blair: Obama anxious about Israel's fate

    05/26/2011 5:52:50 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 40 replies
    AP via Drudge ^ | 05/26/2011 | AP
    LONDON (AP) — Middle East envoy Tony Blair says Barack Obama launched his peace initiative because he's concerned about what might happen to Israel if Palestinians unilaterally declare statehood. Blair told an audience of business leaders gathered in central London on Thursday that Obama is "frankly worried about the position that Israel is in." The ex-prime minister says that Obama's initiative — rejected by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu — is "an attempt to fill a vacuum which he sees as dangerous, particularly dangerous for Israel in the run-up to September." Mideast watchers have speculated that Washington launched its peace initiative...
  • Erekat: PA Won't Attend Quartet's January 23 Confab

    10/13/2011 2:10:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/10/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat denied on Thursday that PA and Israeli representatives would meet in Jordan to discuss restarting peace talks on January 23. "It was said that there are meetings and calls for meetings in Jordan between an Israeli and a Palestinian delegation with the Quartet. This talk is not true. We did not receive anything from them," Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio on Thursday. "My view is that anyone who tries to get around the point that Israel must halt settlement and accept the '67 borders is only wasting their time," Erekat added. The Quartet...

    10/11/2011 12:11:56 AM PDT · by Never A Dull Moment · 3 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10-10-11 | Sharona Schwartz
    Last month, the Palestinian Authority asked the UN Security Council for recognition as an independent state. With no decision yet made, President Mahmoud Abbas is now applying to more world bodies for full membership, as he sidesteps peace negotiations with Israel. The latest move: an application for membership to UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Last Wednesday, the Palestinians cleared their first hurdle as UNESCO’s executive board agreed to allow a vote on their request. The Palestinians are also trying to enter the World Trade Organization and last week succeeded in obtaining partnership status in the Council of...
  • Hershkovitz: Quartet's Idea 'Really Funny'

    09/25/2011 11:35:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/9/11 | Gil Ronen
    The head of the Jewish Home faction, Minister Daniel Hershkovitz, said Sunday that the idea raised by the Middle East Quartet for speedy negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) is "really funny" because there is no PA partner for peace. The Quartet – the United States, United Nations, Russia and the European Union – suggested a timetable for talks that would begin within one month and set the end of 2012 as a new deadline for an agreement between Israel and the PA. Hershkovitz said that he would make the negotiations period even shorter if it were possible to negotiate...
  • Abbas Turns Down Quartet, Demands Agreement before ‘Talks’

    09/25/2011 12:23:43 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Abbas, after rebuffing President Barack Obama, now has taken on the Quartet and rejected its proposal for resuming talks with Israel because it does not include pre-conditions. The Quartet – the United States, United Nations, Russia and the European Union – set a timetable for an agenda for peace talks within a month and concrete proposals within three months. It also set the end of 2012 as a new deadline for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. PA Foreign Minister Riad Maliki quickly rejected the idea as “incomplete” because it does not call on Israel to halt all...
  • Quartet Continues Efforts To Dodge Unilateral Palestinian UN Move (behind the scenes scramble at UN)

    09/21/2011 4:37:07 AM PDT · by Tzfat · 3 replies
    The Mideast Update ^ | September 21, 2011 | Joshua Spurlock
    NEW YORK—The Mideast Quartet on Tuesday continued its efforts to find a means to find a way to renew Israel-Palestinian peace talks and avoid “unilateral” moves ahead of a possible diplomatic showdown over the Palestinian statehood bid. A European diplomat told The Mideast Update by email on Tuesday morning that “discussions are continuing,” and another meeting for Quartet envoys had been set for Tuesday afternoon. Another European diplomat

    09/14/2011 5:23:48 PM PDT · by libh8er · 48 replies
    Dem Party leaders mobilizing to solidify president's standing with Jewish voters to counter image Obama not friend of Israel... NYT setting story for lead Thursday, newsroom sources tell DRUDGE... Comes after shock defeat of Dem candidate... DEVELOPING...
  • Shalom: The Current Palestinian Leadership Wants Peace

    09/05/2011 9:07:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/9/11 | Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
    Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom at Tel Aviv conference: Abbas and Fayyad are committed to peace. There's no alternative to negotiations. .....
  • Israel is sitting pretty

    07/05/2011 11:13:47 PM PDT · by tedbel · 9 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | July 6/11 | Ted Belman
    Israel is sitting pretty. Sure she has problems, but her future is bright. Even her present is not too shabby. Of immediate concern, is the attempt by the PA to gain recognitions and membership in the UN in the upcoming session in September. To this end the PA has agreed with Hamas to unify, thinking it would strengthen their case at the UN. Not so fast. Actually unification is proving more difficult to achieve then implied, due to irreconcilable differences. These differences have more to do with tactics rather than goals, they both want to destroy the Jewish state, and...
  • Netanyahu to Launch New Mideast Peace Initiative

    03/04/2011 8:48:41 AM PST · by jonatron · 6 replies
    Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will present a new Mideast peace initiative at the AIPAC convention in May in the US. A senior diplomatic source in Jerusalem said the plan focuses on the recognition of a Palestinian state within temporary borders and security arrangements for Israel. The source said the plan offers the easing of restrictions on the Palestinians but with an emphasis on Israel's intention to continue construction in the large settlement blocks and in Jerusalem. Sources in Jerusalem say that Israel has indicated to the quartet that regarding the peace process with the Palestinians, it prefers the Jerusalem Washington...
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on Israel's announcement on Gaza

    06/23/2010 3:20:44 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies ^ | June 20, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 20, 2010 Statement by the Press Secretary on Israel’s announcement on Gaza The President has described the situation in Gaza as unsustainable and has made clear that it demands fundamental change. On June 9, he announced that the United States was moving forward with $400 million in initiatives and commitments for the West Bank and Gaza. The President described these projects as a down payment on the U.S. commitment to the people...
  • Air Force strikes in Gaza; 2 injured

    03/18/2010 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 225 replies · 2,589+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET (Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story) ^ | First Published: 03.19.10, 01:30;Latest Update: 03.19.10, 01:47 / Israel News | n/a
    "Air Force strikes in Gaza" SNIPPET: "IDF retaliates for deadly Qassam attack: Air Force hits several Gaza targets, including metal foundry, smuggling tunnel; Vice PM Shalom says Israel to offer strong response to rocket attack that killed Thai worker Thursday" SNIPPET: "IDF aircraft struck at least four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a day after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave killed a Thai worker in Israel, Hamas security officials and witnesses said." SNIPPET: "Israel also sent a letter of complaint to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is due to visit Israel at the weekend,...
  • Obama and Judea

    09/23/2009 3:02:38 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 3 replies · 504+ views
    9/23/09 | Bill Randles
    Obama and Judea >“The let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let Him who is on the house top, let him not come down to take anything out of his house: neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And Woe to them that are with child and to them which give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in winter, neither on the Sabbath day: for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time,...
  • Obama quartet admits faking performance at inauguration

    01/23/2009 8:18:46 AM PST · by Schnucki · 71 replies · 1,894+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | January 23, 2008 | Philippe Naughton
    It's not exactly Watergate but Barack Obama's inauguration was back in the dock today after it emerged that the quartet of classical musicians who ushered him on to the steps of the Capitol were faking it. In a report headlined "The Frigid Fingers Were Live, but the Music Wasn't", The New York Times said that the four, including the violinist Itzhak Perlman, had already recorded their contribution two days earlier and played along just for show. A spokeswoman for the congressional committee, which organised the inauguration, the biggest and most costly in history, told the newspaper that the musicians could...
  • US, UN, EU and Russia urge immediate Gaza truce

    12/30/2008 5:22:38 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 28 replies · 854+ views
    AP (via Yahoo) ^ | 12/30/08 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS – Key world powers trying to promote Mideast peace urged Israel and Hamas on Tuesday to immediately stop fighting in Gaza and southern Israel, the United Nations announced as international efforts to calm the conflict picked up pace. The Quartet of Mideast peacemakers — the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia — appealed "for an immediate cease-fire that would be fully respected," U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said. The statement came four days after Israeli warplanes started bombing in Gaza, targeting Hamas-related installations and homes in an attempt to force a halt to militant rocket attacks...
  • Mideast Quartet urges Israel to stop West Bank settlements

    05/02/2008 11:46:47 AM PDT · by Alouette · 12 replies · 132+ views
    AP ^ | May 2, 2008 | Gregory Katz
    LONDON - Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad warned Friday that peace talks could collapse unless Israel changes course and accepts a more conciliatory approach in negotiations. Fayyad, in London for diplomatic talks, said Israel has not complied with any of the obligations set out at the U.S.-backed peace conference in Annapolis, Md., late last year. "Israel has failed to meet any of its obligations from the road map, including a freeze in settlement activity," he said. "Unless that changes, the political process is being stripped of its meaning." Fayyad gave a highly pessimistic progress report after meeting with Israeli Foreign...
  • Israel: Quartet Plans Jerusalem Meeting

    06/22/2007 9:36:43 AM PDT · by NRA2BFree · 8 replies · 282+ views
    AP (via Breitbart) ^ | 6/222/07 | AP/Ibrahim Barzak
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Envoys from the United States, European Union, Russia and the U.N. will meet Tuesday in Jerusalem for the first time since Hamas militants seized control of the Gaza Strip, an Israeli government spokeswoman said Friday. The meeting will be of low-level envoys, spokeswoman Miri Eisin said. A higher-level meeting of officials from the so-called Quartet of Mideast peacemakers was to have taken place Monday in Egypt. But that session was delayed to allow Quartet officials time to assess changes in the region after Hamas' violent takeover of Gaza last week. There has been no official announcement...
  • Jordan expected to host Quartet meeting (Mideast peace process)

    11/01/2006 10:39:49 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 3 replies · 176+ views ^ | Wednesday, November 1, 2006
    Jordan expected to host Quartet meeting Jordan was expected on December 1 to host a meeting of the international Quartet’s top representatives to help push the Mideast peace process forward, an official told The Jordan Times last night. The foreign ministers of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt were to attend the meeting, which was scheduled to be held at the Dead Sea. The Quartet of the US, Russia, the EU and the UN designed the roadmap to the Middle East peace process — JT Wednesday, November 1, 2006
  • U.S.: deal on unity gov't doesn't meet Quartet terms

    09/12/2006 7:15:15 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 4 replies · 184+ views ^ | 00:51 13/09/2006 | Aluf Benn, Avi Issacharoff and Shmuel Rosner
    Last update - 00:51 13/09/2006 U.S.: deal on unity gov't doesn't meet Quartet terms By Aluf Benn, Avi Issacharoff and Shmuel Rosner, Haaretz Correspondents and Reuters The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that it would not deal with the new Palestinian unity government unless it met three conditions it had specified in the past and so far, it seems that the Palestinians are not complying with the demands. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch said Washington would only deal with a new unity government if it met three conditions laid down by the Quartet...
  • Quartet agrees on ways to get aid to Palestinians

    05/09/2006 3:26:07 PM PDT · by Piranha · 12 replies · 322+ views
    Haaretz ^ | May 10, 2006 | Shlomo Shamir
    NEW YORK - Members of the Quartet of Middle East peace brokers, which is meeting at the United Nations in New York, agreed Tuesday to back a "temporary international mechanism" to channel aid to the Palestinians for a trial period to ease the financial squeeze on the new government following the election of Hamas. The Quartet members - the European Union, United Nations, U.S. and Russia - reached a "silent agreement" to establish a trust fund that will pay the salaries of Palestinian civil servants through the office of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Advertisement The group issued a statement...
  • Quartet meets on Palestinian aid; U.S. may soften stance (Tuesday in NY)

    05/09/2006 2:39:37 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 37 replies · 389+ views ^ | 21:04 09/05/2006 | By News Agencies
    Last update - 21:04 09/05/2006 Quartet meets on Palestinian aid; U.S. may soften stance By News Agencies The Quartet of Middle East peace brokers met in New York on Tuesday to discuss the future of aid to the Palestinian Authority, as a source close to the talks said that the United States was edging closer to agreeing to a "temporary international mechanism" to pay employees of the Hamas-led government who have not received wages for two months. "America is softening its position. The Arab foreign ministers made very clear if the Palestinian Authority collapses then you could potentially have a...
  • EU suggests creating fund for aid to Palestinians

    05/05/2006 3:59:13 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 13 replies · 338+ views ^ | May. 5, 2006 | Staff
    EU suggests creating fund for aid to Palestinians Staff, THE JERUSALEM POST May. 5, 2006 The EU has suggested to the US, Russia, and the UN that a joint fund be created to give humanitarian aid to the Palestinians that will bypass the Hamas-led government. The EU prepared a $43 million aid package that would help fund Palestinian health and education services, and suggested that Arab and other countries - including Israel - could provide aid to the Palestinians through the fund, Israel Radio reported. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas would not be able to decide how the fund distributed...
  • Hamas Already Facing a Financial Crisis

    03/30/2006 3:28:28 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 29 replies · 830+ views
    AP ^ | March 30, 2006 | RAF CASERT
    The Hamas-led government faced a financial crisis on its first day in office Thursday, as Western nations threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority if the militant group does not soften its stance on Israel. Hamas leaders said the aid cuts violate the Palestinians' democratic rights, but Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declared: "The principle is very clear. We're not going to fund a Hamas-led government." Hamas has rejected Western demands to renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. The United States and European Union list Hamas as a terror group, as...
  • Christians United For Israel Rapid Response Update March 20, 2006

    03/21/2006 7:30:34 AM PST · by samcgwire · 10 replies · 494+ views
    Christians United For Israel Rapid Response Update March 20, 2006 Let me begin this Rapid Response by congratulating Mac Hammond of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Billye Brim of Missouri and Robert Stearns of New York for the splendid progress they are making in their regions. Our targets remain: 1) Get your State Directors and City Directors appointed and functioning. 2) Build and develop the E-mail/Fax Rapid Response capability in your region. There is a matter in Washington D.C. that merits our attention. We need to support the Hamas Anti-Terrorism Act. There are two Bills in the House and Senate that would deny...
  • Hamas in Moscow: is Russia back to big time politics?

    03/06/2006 4:47:56 PM PST · by Romanov · 8 replies · 277+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 3 March 06 | Pyotr Romanov
    MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Pyotr Romanov.) - Russian diplomacy has recently taken a number of extraordinary steps with difficult-to-predict consequences, such as an attempt to take the issue of Iran's nuclear program out of the blind alley and to invite to Moscow a delegation of Hamas, an organization which is blacklisted as terrorist in the United States and Western Europe, and which is responsible for hundreds of Israeli deaths. The invitation to Hamas, made public by Putin during his official visit to Madrid, took everyone aback, including Russia's partners in the Middle East settlement. Having heard additional explanations from...
  • Welcome bear hug

    02/09/2006 5:42:52 PM PST · by Sabramerican · 5 replies · 478+ views
    Ha a r e t z ^ | 2/10/2006 | Arnon Regular
    Welcome bear hug By Arnon Regular Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he would be willing to meet with Hamas leaders did not come as a complete surprise to Hamas, which is currently on a drive to obtain international legitimacy for its future government. Within 24 hours after Hamas won the Palestinian elections, its leaders had identified the Russian-Chinese axis, as well as a few European countries, as the place to concentrate its efforts to soften the stringent conditions for acceptance by the international community that are currently being set by the United States, Israel, Egypt and Jordan. Nevertheless, even...
  • Joint Press Availability With European Union High Representative Javier Solana, Jim Wolfensohn

    11/15/2005 1:46:58 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 4 replies · 242+ views ^ | November 15, 2005
    Joint Press Availability With European Union High Representative Javier Solana and Quartet Special Envoy Jim Wolfensohn Secretary Condoleezza Rice David Citadel Hotel Jerusalem November 15, 2005 SECRETARY RICE: Good morning. Two months ago, Israel and the Palestinian Authority took an unprecedented step on the road to peace with the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, returning control of that territory to the Palestinian people. Israeli and Palestinian leaders have been hammering out practical arrangements to gain the benefits of that withdrawal and improve conditions in the rest of the Palestinian territories. I am pleased to be able to announce today...
  • European Snubs Europe (Jose Maria Aznar accuses E.U. of appeasement)

    07/06/2005 12:49:00 PM PDT · by anotherview · 16 replies · 931+ views
    The American Israelite (Cincinnati, OH) | 16 June 2005
    European Snubs Europe Spain's former prime minister admitted that Europe is an unreliable mediator in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. "Europe likes appeasement very much; this is one of the most important differences between us and the States," Jose Maria Aznar told the Jerusalem Post last week. "In Europe, Israel is not very popular, not only this (Sharon) government, all governments," he said. "Most Europeans support the Palestinian cause." Aznar, who was ousted last year amid public opposition to his commitmnet of Spanish forces to help the U.S.-led war in Iraq, is in Israel to receive an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University....
  • Netanyahu to Vote Against Pullout [making move against Sharon]

    02/16/2005 9:49:20 AM PST · by Messianic Jews Net · 5 replies · 421+ views
    Jerusalem Post via Worthy News ^ | 16 Feb 05 | Gil Hoffman
    Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu intends to vote against disengagement in Sunday's cabinet vote unless Prime Minister Ariel Sharon agrees to a national referendum, sources close to him said on Tuesday. The minister is to vote in favor of the disengagement implementation bill in the Knesset on Wednesday. Netanyahu does not plan to announce how he intends to vote in Sunday's cabinet vote on the withdrawal until the last minute, but a source close to him said he has made up his mind and something very dramatic would have to happen for him to vote in favor. The source said that...
  • Israeli adviser: Egypt proposing Mideast peace conference

    07/22/2004 8:00:59 AM PDT · by anotherview · 1 replies · 243+ views
    CNN ^ | 22 July 2004
    Israeli adviser: Egypt proposing Mideast peace conference Thursday, July 22, 2004 Posted: 5:42 AM EDT (0942 GMT) JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Egypt is proposing a Mideast peace conference in October, according to Moshe Debi, an adviser to Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom. The October talks would include Israeli and Palestinian foreign ministers, as well as foreign ministers from the "Mideast Quartet" -- the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia, Debi said.
  • King Abdullah: Jordan ready to train Palestinian police force

    06/25/2004 12:14:25 PM PDT · by Thinkin' Gal · 5 replies · 143+ views
    Haaretz; Yahoo Reuters Photo ^ | 25 June 2004 | By Yoav Stern and Arnon Regular, Haaretz Correspondents, and Reuters
    Jordan's King Abdullah (R) meets with Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei at Beit al-Barakeh in Amman June 24, 2004. The King said during talks with Qurei that any steps that Jordan takes on training the Palestinian security forces, will be done through coordination with the Palestinian National Authority, and that any request on this issue will be through the PNA. REUTERS/Yousef Allan   Last Update: 25/06/2004 12:22 King Abdullah: Jordan ready to train Palestinian police force By Yoav Stern and Arnon Regular, Haaretz Correspondents, and Reuters Jordan is ready to extend "all forms of support" to the Palestinians, including training...

    05/06/2004 7:00:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies · 158+ views
    ZOA/IMRA ^ | 5-6-04
    ZOA TO BUSH: THE QUARTET IS SEVERELY BIASED AGAINST ISRAEL AND SHOULD BE DISBANDED NEW YORK- The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is urging the Bush administration to disband the Quartet in response to the Quartet members' complete embrace of Arab demands against Israel. The Quartet, consisting of the U.S., the United Nations, Russia, and the European Union, was established with the support of the Bush administration in order to take part in the Arab-Israeli negotiating process. But instead of facilitating peace, the Quartet has completely sided with Arab demands. A statement issued by the Quartet on May 3, 2004,...
  • Powell denies any issues "prejudged"- Verbatim transcript of Quartet press conference

    05/05/2004 8:42:21 PM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 101+ views
    IMRA ^ | 5-7-04
    Text: Powell denies any issues "prejudged"- Verbatim transcript of Quartet press conference Verbatim transcript of Quartet press conference - New York, 4 May 2004 [Powell: The President also said - and this gets to the heart of your question - that we have to consider certain realities on the ground. The parties have to consider them as they go into final status discussions. But ultimately, all of the issues that you touch on are matters to be resolved between the parties themselves. And we did not prejudge. We made a statement that what we believe was appropriate - what...
  • Peacemakers Seek New Palestinian Leaders (The Quartet - EU,UN,Russia,US)

    05/04/2004 10:24:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 181+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/4/04 | Barry Schweid - AP
    UNITED NATIONS - The United States and three peacemaking partners called Tuesday for "responsible and accountable" Palestinian leaders who would crack down on terrorists and welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites)'s proposal to withdraw from Gaza. The statement, issued after a 2 1/2-hour meeting at the United Nations (news - web sites) hosted by Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news - web sites), drew Palestinian criticism and Israeli praise. The Palestinians' U.N. observer, Nasser Al-Kidwa, said the United States dominated the deliberations, which issued a statement that amounted to nothing more than "mumbling that could mean anything." By...
  • Quartet to meet on May 4 to discuss road map

    04/23/2004 11:18:46 PM PDT · by yonif · 112+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr. 23, 2004 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The sponsors of the road map peace plan will meet in New York on May 4 to try to give new impetus to the stalled plan, according to the European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana. The road map, drafted by the so-called Quartet - the EU, the United States, the United Nations and Russia - has been somewhat sidelined by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral disengagement plan, which gained the support of US President George W. Bush but is in great controversy among the rest of the Quartet members. Solana told reporters after meeting UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on...
  • Saddam Bribery (and UN Corruption in Oil For Food Program)

    04/22/2004 1:40:14 PM PDT · by me_newswire · 15 replies · 628+ views ^ | April 22, 2004 | Derek McGinty
    It was never much of a secret that Saddam Hussein was a crooked dictator. But there are allegations that the former leader of Iraq wasn't the only one who was corrupt. The United Nations has agreed to an independent probe of the program it set up to let Saddam sell oil-- to feed his hungry people. The investigation could uncover the dirty truth about a humanitarian program-- polluted by greed. For years there have been allegations of corruption in the U.N.'s Iraqi oil-for-food program. Now it's bubbling over into a full-fledged scandal. The corruption charges first surfaced last January--...
  • Quartet to discuss future of road map at April 28 meeting

    04/16/2004 9:05:08 AM PDT · by yonif · 108+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 4/16/2004 | Haaretz Service
    A top-level meeting of the international Quartet sponsoring the Middle East road map to peace is due to take place in Berlin on April 28, a senior European Union diplomat said on Friday. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana earlier told reporters as he arrived for a meeting with the bloc's foreign ministers in Ireland that the talks would "probably" be around that date. "We plan for a Quartet meeting in Berlin on that date at the level of principals," the diplomat said. Responding to questions on the backing offered by Washington this week for Israel's claim to parts of...
  • Guess who drew the road map?, By Anne Bayefsky

    06/11/2003 1:08:16 PM PDT · by yonif · 35 replies · 289+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 11, 2003 | Anne Bayefsky
    Only three months after the UN Security Council told President George W. Bush to take his deck of cards and get out, it is hard to believe that the president now appears as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's lackey in the Middle East. For popular consumption, in America the road map is called the "US" road map, but its authorship is not American. It is a Quartet road map, the US being only one of four members, along with the UN, the European Union (EU), and Russia. In essence the road map was substantially written by UN players and the...
  • PCPO Poll: 40% support Abu Mazen, 19% comply w/Tanzim disarmament, 23% serious reformation of PA

    04/23/2003 1:07:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 528+ views
    IMRA ^ | 4-23-03
    PCPO Poll: 40.5% support Abu Mazen, 19.6% comply w/Tanzim disarmament, 23.9% serious reformation of PA PCPO Poll of Palestinians: 40.5% support Abu Mazen, 19.6% comply w/Tanzim disarmament, 23.9% serious reformation of PA PCPO Poll no. 111. Date: 23, April 2003 A poll carried out by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO) and Prepared by President Dr. Nabil Kukali. (55.3%) Support to varying degrees the President Arafat (40.5%) Support, to varying degrees Mahmoud Abbas "Abu Mazen" as a Palestinian Prime Minister. Majd Kokaly-Information Department: A poll recently conducted by the PCPO and prepared by Dr.Nabil Kukali included a random sample...
  • Israel: 'Road Map'(peace plan) Is The Way To Go, With Modifications + Other News

    04/07/2003 11:18:54 AM PDT · by jonatron · 3 replies · 159+ views
    Arutz Sheva, etc. ^ | Apr 6, 2003
    Lapid: 'Road Map' Is The Way To Go, With Modifications ( Minister of Justice (Shinui) Tommy Lapid stated the US' 'Road Map' plan is the correct plan, but in order for him to support it, some modifications must be implemented. He added that after an American victory in Iraq there would be progress with the PA, favorable to Israel, explaining that once and for all, the PA would have to bring a total cessation to the terrorism and empower Abu Mazen to make the necessary changes in the PA EU Issues Statement Condemning Israeli Policies ( The European Union...
  • The other Mideast moment of truth (Which road will Bush take?)

    03/26/2003 7:18:16 AM PST · by truthandlife · 9 replies · 220+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 3/26/03 | Bradley Burston
    As the hour of decision draws near in Iraq, a separate Middle East moment of truth for George Bush and Tony Blair - a battle to implement the "road map for Israeli-Palestinian peace" - may also be close at hand. For months, the Bush administration, facing Arab and European fury over its handling of the Iraq crisis, has signalled that the end of the Gulf war would see the dawn of a fresh and whole-hearted diplomatic offensive based on the U.S., UN, EU and Russian-backed road map. The war in Saddam Hussein's Iraq is surely far from over, but where...
  • Quartet envoys call for immediate truce in Isreali-Palestinian conflict

    02/20/2003 3:53:26 PM PST · by anotherview · 10 replies · 246+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 20 February 2003 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Feb. 20, 2003 Quartet envoys call for immediate truce in Isreali-Palestinian conflict By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON - The United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union called Thursday for an immediate, comprehensive cease-fire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Representatives of the so-called Quartet, meeting in London, discussed the adoption of a peace plan that calls for a democratic Palestinian state to be established alongside Israel, they said in a statement. It said the envoys discussed the next steps toward the adoption and implementation of the Quartet's road map, "as it is the means for progress toward the vision...