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Posted by oberliner in Israel/Palestine
Thu Dec 02nd 2010, 05:32 AM
GAZA — The leader of the Hamas government in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, said Wednesday for the first time that any resolution of the Palestinian dispute with Israel should be put to a referendum of all Palestinians around the world, and that if one were held, Hamas would accept the results no matter what they were.

In the past, when President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority discussed holding such a referendum, Hamas had been critical, saying that principles like the return of refugees and the borders of the state could not be subject to a vote.

But on Wednesday, Mr. Haniya, speaking in a relatively rare meeting with reporters from foreign news organizations at his office in Gaza City, said, “We will accept the outcome of any referendum even if it contradicts our policies and convictions.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/world/mi...
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Posted by oberliner in Israel/Palestine
Fri Apr 23rd 2010, 11:21 AM
Washington — Responding to concerns of the Jewish community over pressuring Israel’s government, President Obama has written a letter to Jewish leaders, assuring them that special relations between the United States and Israel will not change.

Obama addressed the letter to Alan Solow, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and a personal acquaintance of Obama from Chicago.

“I am sure you can distinguish between the noise and distortion about my views that have appeared recently, and the actual approach of my Administration toward the Middle East,” Obama wrote in the April 20 letter.

Obama stated that pursuing a two-state solution in the Middle East “is in the national security interest of the United States.” He stressed that although peacemaking is a top priority of his administration, he recognizes that “peace cannot be imposed from the outside; it must be negotiated directly by the leaders who are required to make the hard choices and compromises that take on history.”

The president’s letter, written in response to concerns raised by Jewish communal leaders in talks with Obama’s aides, focused on reassuring the community that relations with Israel are as strong as ever, despite differences regarding the peace process and settlements.

“As we continue to strive for lasting peace agreements between Israel, the Palestinians, and Israel’s neighbors, all sides should understand that our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakable and that no wedge will be driven between us,” Obama wrote. “We will have our differences, but when we do, we will work to resolve them as close allies.”

http://www.forward.com/articles/127506/
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Posted by oberliner in Israel/Palestine
Sun Apr 18th 2010, 11:09 AM
Just a few hours before the start of Memorial Day, three swastikas and dozens of Palestinian flags were scrawled on the old synagogue in Jaffa and the outer wall of a Jewish residence across the street from the French ambassador's home on Sunday morning. In addition, the tires were slashed on a car belonging to the family living in the desecrated house.

Police officers searched the area in order to locate the perpetrators, but have yet to make any arrests. In addition, criminology investigators collected evidence from the vandalism site, and the police have launched an investigation into the incident.

The site of the vandalism is in the heart of the Ajami neighborhood, next to the Arab-Jewish Center and the Ahva Elementary School, where Jews and Arabs learn together. The synagogue targeted in the incident is active mainly on weekends.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-...

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Posted by oberliner in Israel/Palestine
Wed Mar 17th 2010, 10:32 PM
Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan made a surprising statement Wednesday evening, calling on Hamas to join forces and defend the Muslim holy sites against Israel's policy. He spoke on the backdrop of Tuesday's riots in east Jerusalem and the stalemate in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Dahlan, a member of Fatah's Central Committee who is considered a bitter enemy of the organization controlling Gaza, urged Hamas to become part of a pan-Palestinian national conference which would form a joint policy to defend the holy sites.

"I truly hope that Hamas will surprise us and join a collective battle, rather than settle for calling on the Palestinians to prepare for an intifada in the West Bank," he said.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-...
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