The Israeli apology to Turkey – two [mirror-image + nearly-identical] texts

In fact, this was clearly all worked out well in advance — the long-awaited but still not expected apology, by Israel’s Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to the Turkish people via his counterpart, Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan, for the deaths of nine Turkish men. The brokered by U.S. President Barack Obama [and, according ...

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What Obama said: "Palestinians deserve a state of their own"

In his joint press conference in the Ramallah Muqata’a on Thursday, with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Obama said: (1) “Marhaba” [Arabic for “Hi”] – This is posted on the White House website, here. (2) “I’ve returned to the West Bank because the United States is deeply committed to the creation of an in...

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Obama visits Ramallah

Apparently, in his visit to Ramallah today, U.S. President Obama told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about some new and/or additional assistance, during their hours together [from 11:00 am until their press conference, which started sometime after 1:30 pm] … but no specifics were announced. A large part of Ramallah was shut down [I’...

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Guest Post: There are people who are hurting in Gaza

British humanitarian health workers barred entry into Gaza By Peter Smith and Catherine Thick Although passage to and from Gaza via Israel’s crossing points is severely restricted by the Israeli military, until now we have been fortunate to be granted entry permits. But, our recent request for entry has been refused – without explanation — [&...

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