Monthly Archives: February 2007
--Prime Minister Ehud Olmert believes there is a chance of renewing peace negotiations if the Hamas-Fatah government forswears terror and recognizes Israel and honors the agreements signed between Israel and the Palestinians. This transpires from remarks the prime minister made in the course of a discussion that he held with security and political establishment leaders after the Mecca agreement--Syrian Organization Claims Capture Of Israeli Soldier
Jerusalem officials say that the Russians did not use their supervisory apparatus, as they had promised, and did not prevent the trickle. The quantity is not at the level that it was before the war, but rather at the beginning of a worrying trend.
Ahmadinejad had hinted he was going to announce on the 28th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that saw hard-line clerics take power in Iran that his country had begun installing 3,000 centrifuges at its nuclear plant at Natanz - a move widely seen as a defiant gesture to international community, which has demanded Iran suspend uranium enrichment.
The Israeli government miscalculated when it based its approach toward Hamas on its blind faith in the economic and political boycott. Only two weeks ago, this reporter heard Israel's 83-year-old Deputy Prime Minister, Shimon Peres, the architect of the 1993 Oslo Accord, declare that "only with economics can we make peace." Peres went on to say that if members of terrorist groups perceive economic incentives, they will cease to be terrorists. Peres, not a religious man, has never understood the tenacity of a terrorist movement which is grounded in religion - not only in prosperity.