Daily Archives: June 16, 2009

U.S. officials skeptical on a demilitarized Palestine


Reporting from Washington -- U.S. officials reacted skeptically Monday to an
Israeli proposal that the United States and other world powers guarantee
that a new nation of Palestine remain demilitarized as a condition of its

The Middle Eastern Cold War

There are many cracks in the Arab Street.

A cold war is "the key to understanding the Middle East in the 21st century." So argue Yigal Carmon and three of his colleagues at the Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI) in a recent study, "An Escalating Regional Cold War."They have identified a major confrontation that the media has somehow missed - and which is the more important for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's just having been re-designated as president of Iran.


The news of the week in Israel’s bustling capital revolves around Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policy speech at Bar Ilan University on June 14, where Israel formally announced that it would indeed recognize an independent Palestinian state, if it were to be demilitarized and if would recognize Israel as a Jewish state, as proscribed in the “declaration of principles” of the 1993 Oslo accords, which were signed by Israel and the PLO on the White House lawn in September 1993, approved by the Israeli Knesset Parliament, yet never ratified by the PLO.

Israeli Government Minister Landaui Warns: Demand for Demilitarization Will Fade

www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1093404.html By next year, nothing will remain of the demilitarization stipulation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set for the formation of a Palestinian state, Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau warned on Tuesday at an event sponsored by Yisrael...

Syrian/Egyptian Military Deployment in Gaza?

U.S.Egypt and Syria push for deployment of Arab armies in Gaza Strip Egypt, Syria increase pressure on Hamas to seal agreement with Fatah By Akiva Eldar Haaretz Last update - 01:12 16/06/2009 www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1093222.html Egypt and Syria have...

First Palestinian Authority Militray Operation Deemed a Failure

RAMALLAH -- The Palestinian Authority crackdown against Hamas's military infrastructure in the West Bank has been marred by disorganization, lack of equipment and poor intelligence. Palestinian sources said PA security forces were determined to...