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Sources: Egypt wants to host peace talks
Published Sunday 31/10/2010 (updated) 02/11/2010 01:49
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Egyptian guards watch Palestinians during a demonstration on the
Egypt-Gaza border in July 2007. [MaanImages/Hatem Omar]
LONDON (Ma’an) – Egypt is contacting world and regional sides to organize an international peace conference, the London-based Al-Hayat daily reported Saturday quoting Egyptian sources.

“Egypt considers it unbelievable that the status quo remains unchanged in light of Israel’s refusal to take a positive step regarding settlements, while the Palestinian president insists that they stop settlements before he resumes face-to-face talks,” a source said.

Egyptian officials were in Ramallah days earlier trying to convince President Mahmoud Abbas to accept a partial freeze on construction in settlements, excluding settlements that Israel intends to annex in a peace agreement. The proposal was a US initiative aimed at restarting direct talks between the PLO and Israel by mid-November, the official Palestinian Authority news agency reported.

Peace talks, relaunched in Washington on 2 September, reached a deadlock within weeks over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's refusal to extend temporary restrictions on settlement building on occupied Palestinian land. Despite pleas from the international community, full-scale settlement construction resumed across the West Bank as the freeze expired on 26 September.

'No new war on Gaza'

Al-Hayat's source ruled out the possibility that Israel would wage war on Gaza as recent reports suggest.

“Israel will remain committed to the ceasefire as long as rockets are not fired from the Gaza Strip at its territories and as long as Hamas does not carry out military activities,” the source was quoted as saying.

Several high-ranking Israeli officers have made statements recently warning of a repeat of Israel's last war on the enclave, which left 1,400 Palestinians dead and thousands injured. One senior officer, quoted in the Israeli daily Haaretz, said if another soldier was captured Israel's response would be no less severe.

In the Gaza Strip, dismissed Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said threats to launch a new offensive were psychological warfare, but he does not think a new attack is approaching.

His comments echoed remarks by Hamas leader Ismail Radwan, who said statements by army officials were propaganda to be consumed by local media. But the resistance is ready to respond, he said.

Two projectiles landed in southern Israel on Saturday, an army spokesman said. They landed in Kerem Shalom in the northwestern Negev, and no damage or injuries were reported, he said.
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1 ) BIG MIKE / US
31/10/2010 14:55
Another delay tactic to continue useless talks and avert Abbas and Arab league promise to take statehood to UN while, at the same time, Israel keeps building and expanding settlements. when is the Pals going to wake up to how they are being played by their leaders ???

2 ) Nour / One State
31/10/2010 16:04
More talk about talk from the Banana Republic of Egypt of less than 1,200 GDP per capita and a notorious record of human right abuses.

3 ) Plain / Truth
31/10/2010 19:17

There is NO reason that Egypt, or any other nation, should consider
"it unbelievable that the status quo remains unchanged".

Any CHANGE REQUIRES POSITIVE STEPS FROM BOTH SIDES !!

Israel did NOT refuse "to take a positive step regarding settlements" !!
Instead, THE PA REFUSED TO MAKE ANY COMPROMISE, or to make any
positive steps during the 10 month Israeli settlement freeze !!!

It does NOT matter where, or who, "wants to host peace talks".
PROGRESS REQUIRES ARAB COMPROMISES !!

4 ) Llew / USA
01/11/2010 00:50
@plain/dufus: you do not compromise international law....nor US resolutions...nor ICC or ICJ ruling...the squats are illegal....thats it...get your kosher tushies back across the green line or remain a rouge nation

5 ) southparkbear / usa
01/11/2010 03:55
that's a nice resort to host the talks. and they have the restroom outside wow

6 ) muayyad / palestine
01/11/2010 07:14
it just amazes me to read this nonsense about the so called freeze allegedly offered by israel. it did not unclude occupied jerusalem nor did it stop illegal construction in the blocks or even remote colonies. the people propagating these myths are habitual liars and cynics.

7 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA
01/11/2010 07:36
Plain / Truth, your blindness continues to amaze me. Since Israel continually steals Palestinian land this is the major issue. Worse than refusing to take positive steps regarding settlements, it continually expands them when it knows that this is THE issue. And you expect compromises from the Arabs? That's like a slave in chains totally under the command of his master making compromises. In what cloud is your head, Plain / Truth?

8 ) Nour / One-State
01/11/2010 11:02
#7 Jerrold, how can you even entertain a meaning dialogue with a person so arrogant and deluded he calls himself the Truth itself? Don't waste your time on him, Ben Wacko, or southtrailertrash.

9 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
01/11/2010 12:04
6) muayyad
• Name one leader of this mythical "Palestine" - who was its president, prime minister or king?
• Name one nation that had diplomatic relations with "Palestine.
• "What was the currency of "Palestine"?
• In fact, the Arabs themselves always denied that "Palestine" or "Palestinians" exist.
• "There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not," Dr. Philip Hitti, an Arab historian representing the Muslim world, told the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in 1946.

10 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
01/11/2010 12:08
4 ) Llew
Don't talk about laws & legalities, unless you abide by them
1- The first major one that was broken by the Arabs, was the UN Partition Plan,
in defiance of the UN Res.181,
Five Arab armies combined forces to attack Israel on 5/14/58
2- 1949 Rhodes Armistice Agreement, (Greenline)
Nasser violated it on their behalf, closing the Suez to Israeli shipping
3- 1967 - Syria, Egypt and Jordan combined forces and attacked again
4- 1973- Yom Kippur War, Egypt & Syria attacked

11 ) Plain / Truth
01/11/2010 13:38
Jerry-7,
What makes it "Palestinian land"?
Did the Zionists come at midnight & secretly put the tombs of their
Hebrew Patriarchs, prophets, & kings beneath the "Palestinian land"?

If the Palestinians can just build on someone else's land" to make it theirs,
THEN WHY CAN'T THE JEWS DO THE SAME THING ???

Nour-8,
Those are the facts.
YOU SHOULD TRY STICKING TO THEM WHEN YOU WRITE !!!


12 ) Muayyad / Palestine
01/11/2010 13:59
Llew good job, I see you have managed to corner Ben Wako and reminding him whi's daddy. He gets upset and psychotic whenever he is reminded that every settlement is illegal and will either be removed or subject to thr laws of Palestine, our nation which he claims does not exist. He is truly pathetic.

13 ) Phil / UK
01/11/2010 14:27
#11) Good point. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Ishmael's tomb or Mohammed's ? There not in Israel !

14 ) southparkbear / usa
01/11/2010 14:57
what's for dinner ya Nour? is there going to be a belly dancer?

15 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
01/11/2010 15:39
12 ) Muayyad / Palestine

It seems you didn't read my post #10 to to Liew, I nailed his carcass to the fence

Maybe you would want to answer the questions I posed to him, give it a try
I don't think that even between the two of you, you can come up with a single answer to a question

16 ) Plain / Truth
01/11/2010 21:15
Phil-13,

One Muslim on this site, informed me that Ishmael's tomb is at Mecca, though I read once that his tomb is in Uzbekistan!!

Probably everyone, who even cares about this,
believes that ISHMAEL, & Esau, & the prophet Mohammad
are NOT BURIED IN ISRAEL,
the land promised to the seed of Jacob (per the Bible), and
the favored son (per the Qur'an) !!!!


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