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‘Jerusalem should be capital for the Palestinians and Israel’

In his talks with visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Jordan’s King Abdullah II has stressed on the urgent requirement for re-launching “serious negotiations” between the new Israeli government and the Palestinians aimed at ending their decades-long conflict, said a royal court statement on Thursday.

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Miliband expressed his country’s worries over plans by the new Israeli government to demolish scores of Palestinian homes in an East Jerusalem suburb and turn about 1,500 Palestinians homeless. “We view with real concern the proposed demolition in East Jerusalem,” the British foreign secretary said at a press conference he jointly addressed with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh. “Jerusalem should be the capital of the Palestinians and Israel,” Miliband added.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077438.html

Biden: Israel would be ‘ill-advised’ to attack Iran

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israel and Iran, Israel and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009
 U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, right, and President Barack Obama.

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, right, and President Barack Obama.

“I don’t believe that Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu would do that. I think he would be ill-advised to do that,” Biden told the U.S. network’s reporter Wolf Blitzer. “And so my level of concern is no different than it was a year ago.”

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077347.html

Israel does not take orders from Obama: Israeli minister

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israel and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 7, 2009

In an unusually harsh criticism, an Israeli Minister on Monday said the Jewish state “does not take orders from Barack Obama” after the US President renewed support for the Annapolis agreement and the stalled roadmap plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan of the Likud party also praised hardliner Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who last week said that Israel was not bound by the 2007 Annapolis talks.

For full article, visit http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Israel-does-not-take-Obamas-orders/articleshow/4367886.cms

Obama to visit Israel, West Bank in June

The decision to visit Jerusalem several weeks after his first meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington is meant to emphasize Obama’s commitment to an active role in achieving a two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077070.html

Netanyahu invited to Egypt for official visit

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israel and Egypt, Israel and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday for an official visit to Egypt.

Mubarak extended the invitation during a phone call to Netanyahu, in which he congratulated the prime minister on the formation of his new government. The pair stressed the strong relations between the two countries and said they would continue, and even strengthen in the future.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076879.html

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Amos Harel: What North Korea’s missile means for Israel and Iran

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israel and Iran, Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

Obama has already committed to this dialogue, regardless of developments with North Korea. But if he is soft with Pyongyang – if the Iranians get the impression that the new president is not hard enough or experienced enough as a negotiator – Tehran could reach troubling conclusions.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076815.html

US Envoy Writes of Israeli Threats

“I was the target of an assassination attempt by terrorists using automatic rifles and antitank weapons that had been made in the United States and shipped to Israel,” he wrote. “Weapons financed and given by the United States to Israel were used in an attempt to kill an American diplomat!” After the event, conspiracy theories abounded in the Middle East about who could have planned the attack, and why. Lebanon was a dangerously factionalized country.

For full article, visit http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090413/crossette

Assad: Israel’s new government is against peace

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israel and Syria, Israel and the International Community by beyondtheborder on March 30, 2009

Assad underlined the need for continued resistance, a reference to anti-Israeli militant groups like the Palestinian Hamas, which Damascus supports.

“Resistance is a national and patriotic and moral duty and it is the only option,” he said. “Peace cannot be achieved with an enemy who does not believe in peace without it being imposed on him by resistance.”

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074919.html