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Obama Calls for Swift Move Toward Mideast Peace Talks

Posted by claudiacampli su 28 maggio, 2009

IHT

By HELENE COOPER

Published: May 28, 2009

WASHINGTON — President Obama called on Israelis and Palestinians on Thursday to move swiftly toward peace talks, as his administration embarked on its first public dispute with Israel.

Speaking to reporters at the White House after talks with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, Mr. Obama said that the absence of peace between Israelis and Palestinians was clogging up other critical issues in the Middle East. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Netanyahu, America and the cow in the house

Posted by valecardia su 5 aprile, 2009

THE NATIONAL

To understand how Israel’s new Netanyahu government will handle relations with its neighbours, and a US administration with which it is clearly at odds, it is worth recounting an old Hasidic Jewish folktale

A man’s wife nags him relentlessly that their home is too small. A poor man, he can afford nothing larger, so he asks the advice of his rabbi. “Bring your chickens into the house,” the rabbi advises, which the man duly goes home and does. Naturally his wife’s anger escalates, which he reports back to the rabbi the following day. “Now bring in your goat,” the sage advises – a course of action with predictable consequences, but when the man returns the rabbi orders him to bring a cow into the house the next night. The man returns red-eyed and frantic after a sleepless night. “Rabbi, what can I do, my wife is threatening to leave.” To which the rabbi replies: “Now, take out the cow.” Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Mayor’s Vision of a Unified Jerusalem Also Divides

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 21 marzo, 2009

JERUSALEM — The interview was set for 1:30 p.m., but the mayor was delayed by a terrorist attack. A Palestinian had used a front-end loader to turn over a police car and ram a bus near Jerusalem’s main shopping mall. The assailant was gunned down by two off-duty police officers and a taxi driver. Mayor Nir Barkat rushed to the scene, consulted with the police and handed out merit pins to the three local heroes.

It was all in an afternoon’s work for the newly elected mayor of Jerusalem. In office only three months, Mr. Barkat, a self-made high-tech millionaire who refuses a salary from the city, looked as cool and collected as always when he arrived for the interview only an hour late.

“I draw three lessons from today’s attack,” he said, displaying his penchant for lists and his excellent English. “First, the punishment must be as severe as possible to promote deterrence. Second, the crowd took quick, determined action and we should learn from that. Third, we must move on to normal life as fast as possible.” Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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After Gaza, Israel Grapples With Crisis of Isolation

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 19 marzo, 2009

JERUSALEM — Israel, whose founding idea was branded as racism by the United Nations General Assembly in 1975 and which faced an Arab boycott for decades, is no stranger to isolation. But in the weeks since its Gaza war, and as it prepares to inaugurate a hawkish right-wing government, it is facing its worst diplomatic crisis in two decades.

Examples abound. Its sports teams have met hostility and violent protests in Sweden, Spain and Turkey. Mauritania has closed Israel’s embassy.

Relations with Turkey, an important Muslim ally, have suffered severely. A group of top international judges and human rights investigators recently called for an inquiry into Israel’s actions in Gaza. “Israel Apartheid Week” drew participants in 54 cities around the world this month, twice the number of last year, according to its organizers. And even in the American Jewish community, albeit in its liberal wing, there is a chill.

The issue has not gone unnoticed here, but it has generated two distinct and somewhat contradictory reactions. On one hand, there is real concern. Global opinion surveys are being closely examined and the Foreign Ministry has been granted an extra $2 million to improve Israel’s image through cultural and information diplomacy. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Clinton’s spontaneity put on hold for Mideast

Posted by claudiacampli su 9 marzo, 2009

IHT

By Mark Landler

Published: March 8, 2009

ANKARA: On the road with Hillary Rodham Clinton, two distinct secretaries of state are emerging: the loose, unscripted politician who roamed Asian neighborhoods and schools, and the tightly controlled diplomat who marched through the Middle East.

From Egypt to Israel and the West Bank, the top U.S. diplomat dropped the penchant for plain-spoken analysis she had shown in Asia for a more formal style based on time-tested diplomatic formulations.

When Clinton was asked in Ramallah how she felt about Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a cause of strife with Palestinians, she said the United States would raise “the issue” with the next Israeli government. Asked about it again in Brussels, she recited the official U.S. position that settlements were “unhelpful.”

In Israel, Clinton did not publicly broach settlements at all. And she only gingerly raised the issue of border crossings to Gaza, which Israel has mostly kept closed, drawing criticism from European leaders and human rights groups.

She wrapped up her weeklong trip on Saturday, here in Turkey’s sprawling capital, by announcing that President Barack Obama plans to visit Turkey in the next month or so. She declined to say whether Obama would make Turkey the site of a much-anticipated speech to the Islamic world, but another administration official later said he would not give the speech in Turkey.

Some of Clinton’s earlier caution is a reflection of the treacherous landscape in the Middle East, where a misplaced phrase can ruffle feathers among constituencies back home and where the grinding business of negotiation takes precedence over more personal encounters. The potential for missteps was even greater this time, with the Israelis in the throes of putting together a new government.

Asia was not without its land mines – the ailing North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, for one – but Clinton sidestepped one of the biggest by playing down human rights concerns in her talks with China. And the general emphasis of that trip was much more geared toward climate change and public diplomacy.

Some Middle East analysts said the Obama administration had calculated that immediately pushing Israel would make no sense – with so little to gain in a largely paralyzed peace process, and so many thorny domestic challenges of its own.

“Pressuring Israel because we’re frustrated with them or because we want to make nice with the Arabs is a dumb policy,” said Aaron David Miller, a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “Pressuring Israel at the right moment during a peace negotiation that actually promises to produce a breakthrough is much smarter.”

Clinton‘s trip did produce two minor breakthroughs. She sent two emissaries to Syria, with which the United States has had little contact after the Bush administration withdrew its ambassador in 2005. And Clinton proposed a major conference on Afghanistan, to which all its neighbors, including Iran, would be invited. On Saturday, the Iranian government reacted positively, setting up the prospect of the first face-to-face meeting between Iran and the Obama administration.

On Saturday, the U.S. emissaries to Syria – Jeffrey Feltman, the acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, and Daniel Shapiro, a senior director at the National Security Council – met for three and a half hours with the Syrian foreign minister, deputy prime minister and other officials.

“We found a lot of common ground today,” Feltman said in a conference call with reporters, declining to share details. “It’s our view that Syria can play a constructive role in the region.”

After a meeting with the Turkish foreign minister, Ali Babacan, Clinton said she was grateful that Turkey had brokered indirect talks between Syria and Israel. She gave a strong signal that the United States wanted to include Syria in a comprehensive peace process.

“The importance of this track of the peace effort cannot be overstated, and Turkey has played a very important role,” she said.

Once Clinton left the Middle East, she loosened up. She joked with reporters after a linguistic gaffe in which she handed a red “reset button” to the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, as a gift, only to be told by him that the Russian inscription was a mistranslation.

In Ankara, Clinton appeared on a popular television talk show, “Come and Join Us,” a format to which she last subjected herself in Indonesia. She confided to the hostesses that she had told her daughter that the “fashion gene skipped a generation.” When a young man in the audience asked her when she last fell in love, she replied, “It was so long ago, with my husband.”

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In Mideast, Clinton Turns Up the Caution

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 8 marzo, 2009

ANKARA, Turkey — On the road with Hillary Rodham Clinton, two distinct secretaries of state are emerging: the loose, unscripted politician who roamed Asia’s neighborhoods and schools, and the tightly controlled diplomat who marched through the Middle East.

From Egypt to Israel and the West Bank, Mrs. Clinton dropped the penchant for plain-spoken analysis she had shown in Asia for a more formal style based on time-tested diplomatic formulations.

When Mrs. Clinton was asked in Ramallah how she felt about Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a cause of strife with Palestinians, she said the United States would raise “the issue” with the next Israeli government. Asked about it again in Brussels, she recited the official American position that settlements were “unhelpful.”

In Israel, Mrs. Clinton did not publicly broach settlements at all. And she only gingerly raised the issue of border crossings to Gaza, which Israel has mostly kept closed, drawing criticism from European leaders and human rights groups. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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New US-Syria talks ‘constructive’

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 7 marzo, 2009

BBC NEWS

07 March 2009

A senior US envoy involved in the first high-level contact between the US and Syria since 2005 has said the talks were “very constructive”.

Jeffrey Feltman, acting assistant US secretary of state for the Near East, met officials including Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Damascus.

Speaking after the talks, Mr Feltman said the US looked forward to progress on bilateral ties and regional issues.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also cited Syria’s regional role.

Speaking in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Saturday, Mrs Clinton said that the importance of the Syrian-Israeli peace track “cannot be overstated”. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Clinton Wants to Include Iran in Afghan Talks

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 7 marzo, 2009

BRUSSELS — Setting up the prospect of its first face-to-face encounter with Iran, the Obama administration has proposed a major conference on Afghanistan this month that would include Iran among the invited countries, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday.

“We presented the idea of what is being called a big-tent meeting, with all the parties who have a stake and an interest in Afghanistan,” she said at a news conference here after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. “If we move forward with such a meeting, it is expected that Iran would be invited, as a neighbor of Afghanistan.”

Prodded by the United States, NATO’s 26 members also agreed to resume high-level relations with Russia, which were suspended in August after the war between Russia and Georgia.

The United States has asked the Netherlands to host the Afghanistan conference, which would take place on March 31, with the United Nations acting as chairman. Iran did not say on Thursday whether it would accept an invitation. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Chasing dreams of future peace

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 6 marzo, 2009

By Jeremy Bowen
Middle East editor, BBC News

A journey to Ramallah from Jerusalem tells you a lot about the state of peace and war between Israel and the Palestinians.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not get the delays at checkpoints that most people face.

But if she looked out of the window of her armour-plated SUV she would have seen some of the ways this place is changing, and why that undercuts the policy that she is here to promote.

Throughout her visit, speaking to Israelis and Palestinians, Mrs Clinton has been saying that she wants to create a Palestinian state alongside Israel – the so-called two-state solution to the conflict.

She says that making a Palestinian state possible is a commitment she carries in her heart, not just in her portfolio as secretary of state.

But when others who also believed for years in two states look out of their car windows at what is happening in the West Bank and Jerusalem, they cannot help thinking that their dream has gone.

Big chunks of the land that Palestinians want to use for their state has been taken for Jewish settlements, for the network of security roads and military bases that protect them and connect them to Israel, and for the complex of walls and hi-tech fences that make up the separation barrier.

And as the land goes, so does trust, on both sides. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Israeli Spurns Criticism From Clinton

Posted by valecardia su 6 marzo, 2009

WASHINGTON POST 

JERUSALEM, March 5 — After Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week criticized plans to extend a park across 88 buildings that house Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, newly elected Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said she was meddling in local control over zoning and the city’s economic future.

The threatened homes were built without permits and should not be there in the first place, Barkat told reporters Thursday, while the envisioned park — running from beneath the walls of the Old City across a valley associated with Old Testament kings — would draw more tourists to a city that could use the boost. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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