Israeli revised plan for rebuilding Mughrabi Gate ramp may be approved soon

“Tensions may be heating up again about Israeli reconstruction plans for a damaged ramp leading from the Western Wall Plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem, where Jewish worshippers pray at Judaism’s most sacred and revered site, up to the Mughrabi Gate entrance to the Haram as-Sharif mosque esplanade, the third holiest site of Islam. […]

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A sensitive State Department official — notes North Korean sadness

An unusually-sensitive U.S. State Department official has noticed North Korean sadness. Yes. The North Koreans were sad at having to blow up a cooling tower to show that it was sincere about “disabling” its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. That’s what you get for testing nuclear weapons after withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Prolifera...

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Some background on the Shebaa Farms

Some interesting details on the Shebaa Farms issue from Nicholas Blanford in The National, an English-language paper published in Abu Dhabi : “Securing the liberation of the Shebaa Farms has been a cornerstone of Fouad Siniora’s diplomacy since 2005 when he headed his first government. Mr Siniora said he believes that an Israeli withdrawal fr...

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Israel keeps Gaza border crossings sealed again Thursday

There is something very awful about this. The “tahdiya” or cease-fire or truce that Egypt negotiated between Israel (which refuses to talk to Hamas because of conditions that Israel said the UN has imposed) and Hamas was supposed to lead — after a halt in violence from both sides which started last Thursday — to […]

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Women's undergarments are highest demand items for Gaza smugglers

An article reported from Gaza by the Christian Science Monitor on 16 June informs us that: “…Severe fuel shortage has forced motorists to buy soybean oil to replace the diesel fuel and gasoline that Israel now provides to Gaza at a severely diminished quantity. Cooking oil sells for around $8 per gallon while gasoline on […]

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The Spin in Sharm

Despite the spin from both sides, it is not entirely clear what happened in a one-hour summit meeting on Tuesday between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. An Israeli official told journalists who were waiting at the summit site as the meeting was underway that he expected the two leaders would […]

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Sarkozy visits Jerusalem — meets with Palestinians

A view from the lobby of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem over to the nearby French Consulate, where both French and European flags flew as French President Sarkozy meet a delegation of Palestinians, including Hanan Ashrawi from Ramallah, and a group of businesspersons from Jerusalem — who all said they felt “reassured” after the...

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