Israeli press reports varied reactions to Arab Summit call

It’s no surprise that the Israelis are not overjoyed about the gift offered to them by the Arab Summit — normal relations, peace, in exchange for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-June 1967 lines. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said this in a long interview with Haaretz published on Friday: “Olmert opened the policy section [&h...

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Iran’s Foreign Minister arrives in Riyadh for Arab Summit — a first?

The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting News Network is reporting that the Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has now arrived in Riyadh for the Arab Summit. He was apparently invited only on Sunday. “Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, heading a political delegation, arrived in Riyadh early Wednesday to attend the 19th Arab League...

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SHATT AL-ARAB or ARVAND ROOD – A reasonable explanation of confusion

Here is an excerpt from an AP story that explains why there is confusion about the maritime border between Iraq and Iran near the Shatt al-Arab / Arvand Rood: Iran’s border muddles captivity issue … “A 1937 treaty gave Iraq [under British mandate until 1932, then Britain reinvaded for a couple of months in 1941] […]

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Iran in a tight spot

Nobody dislikes and distrusts Iran as much as the Arab neighbors. Rhetoric from the Iraqi leadership during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war was convincing proof, in case there was any doubt. Now, however, there is a report — mentioned so far only on the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (most of the Iranian media is […]

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SG BAN – “Who appointed him to boycott an elected prime minister?”

An article in Haaretz today, entitled “A dangerous masked ball“, by the excellent journalist and writer Gideon Levy, asks why UN SG BAN feels compelled to go along with Israel’s boycott of the Hamas Prime Minister who is an integral part of the new Palestinian “national unity” government: “The rules of decorum ar...

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Rice, Bush, the World — and a Palestinian State

As we are awaiting momentus news from the Middle East, where many international heavy weights are assembled to try to make some progress on the Israeli-Palestinian front, while Iraq is going to hell, here is an excerpt from a piece in the Washington Post last week, entitled Rice’s Mideast Minefield, by David Ignatius: “Secretary of [&he...

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Iran's Dilemma

Iranian officials now seem to know, but refuse to accept, that they now have to deal with the demands of the UN Security Council over and above — and separately from — any other consideration. Like it or not, this is their obligation as a UN member state. This new situation was discussed at a […]

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