G-8 ministers meet – no questions about Israeli-Palestinian stalemate

After the meeting of Foreign Ministers of G-8 industrial countries concluded in Quebec, Canada, on Tuesday, Canadian Foreign Minister Cannon said, tersely, at the opening of a press conference with journalists, that “Now, with respect to the Middle East, we are all committed to see progress on the Roadmap and endorse the Quartet’s March 19th ...

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Journalists get mad

A group of Palestinian journalists in Bethlehem are mad as hell — and they aren’t going to take it any more (?) Ma’an News Agency reported today that as a result of what happened at a demonstration at the main Bethlehem checkpoint yesterday (see our earlier report here, protesters and journalists were hit from both […]

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Total closure of West Bank for Passover holiday

Another Jewish holiday, another total closure of the West Bank (for Palestinians only — Israeli settlers can come and go as they please…) Early this morning the Israeli Defense Ministry announced a total closure of the West Bank from Sunday through Tuesday, at the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday which starts at sundown on [&hel...

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A Point of No Return?

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa (former Foreign Minister of Egypt, and before that Ambassador to the UN in New York) said at the opening of an Arab Summit meeting in Sirte, Libya, today that “We must prepare for the possibility that the peace process will be a complete failure … This is the time to […]

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Sexiest woman alive

Guess who is winning this Esquire Magazine reader poll of who is the sexiest woman alive? On the left, 22-year-old Megan Fox. On the right, 63-year-old Helen Mirren. To vote, go here.

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Arab politics

1.) Why is Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas planning to arrive “late” for the Arab Summit in Libya? 2.) The Jerusalem Post reported, citing an AFP story, that “Israeli-Palestinian tensions are affecting US national security interests in the region, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday. ‘The lack of progress tow...

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U.S. position on Jerusalem in 1967 + 1969

UPDATE: On Thursday (25 March) Aluf Benn wrote in Haaretz that “Netanyahu almost believed the crisis had passed, that he had survived by offering partial, noncommittal answers to the Americans’ questions. Shortly before meeting with Obama, Netanyahu even warned the Palestinians that should they continue to demand a freeze on constructio...

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This situation is dangerous…

YNet reported this tonight: “More West Bank violence: Two Israelis traveling on Hawara Road in the West Bank on Tuesday found themselves in the midst of a hail of rocks as nearby Palestinians pelted their vehicle with stones.  The two Israelis sustained light injuries, but were able to get out of the car and opened […]

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