UN USG Ibrahim Gambari meets Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar

Yes! Ibrahim Gambari — Special Representative of UNSG BAN Ki-Moon, and Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the UN — did succeed in meeting today in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi . She has been held under house arrest for some 18 years, but today she was whisked to a Government […]

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Daniel Levy questions Hilary's position on Jerusalem

Daniel Levy is really, really good. He is the extremely impressive, gifted and talented person from the Israeli side who did the drafting for the Geneva Initiative, under the direction of Yossi Beilin, a former Israeli minister and leader of the sort of leftist Meretz-Yahad party. The Israeli “Geneva” team was packed with serious and [&...

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So why, exactly, is there no Palestinian State?

Reuters has released an amazing report based on newly-declassified documents from the British Foreign Office, including diplomatic reports from the 1970s that recount discussions with Palestinians about Palestinian discussions. This is the sort of thing diplomats do all the time — every day, in fact — to help their governments know what...

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Israel's general closure of Palestinian territory may last at least eight days

Though I have not seen any official announcement of this, there is word going around that Israel’s general closure of all crossings into and out of Palestinian territory may last throughout the entire week-long Sukkot holiday — even though the only full official public holiday during the period is today. This is a blanket closure, [&hel...

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Israel's central bank may use Israel's Postal Bank to supply shekels to Gaza

Reuters is reporting on Wednesday evening that the Bank of Israel is proposing to supply shekels to Gaza. The story said that “Israel’s central bank has proposed using a state-owned institution to supply funds to Gaza banks after private lenders began severing ties to a territory that Israel labels an enemy entity, officials said on [&h...

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Haidar Abdel-Shafi wanted a Palestinian "National Unity" Government

At first, Abdel Shafi wanted a National Unity Government in order to curb the late Yasser Arafat’s solo rule, or solo decision-making power. His comments on the break-up of a National Unity Government as a result of Hamas-Fatah fighting have not been reported. But, his reasons to wish for a National Unity still appear as […]

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