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Egypt Update 2/4/11…..Large Rally….Things calm down…..Mubarak still isn’t leaving anytime soon….

 

A couple of points……

The fact the Obama Administration is having back channel talks with Mubarak and Suleiman about leaving isn’t playing that well with the Egyptians , Israeli’s and the rest of the region…

Mohamed Ebaradei isn’t mentioned as a likely front runner for the President’s job reflecting his ties to the West….

But addition names are being mentioned to run in the fall ….or whenever elections are held in Egypt….

Shuleiman…Mubarak’s new Vice President is probably the White House’s choice to run the country which would make the all important Army happy…

But has stuck to defending Mubarak’s wait till the fall

And

The Army seems to have adopted a ‘wait and see’ posture…..

Tens of thousands of Egyptians are taking part in a “day of departure” to try to oust President Hosni Mubarak.

There is an increased army presence in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after unrest that has led to hundreds of casualties.

After Friday prayers were held in a relaxed atmosphere, the crowd started chanting for Mr Mubarak to go.

Mr Mubarak has said he is “fed up” with being in power but is resisting mounting pressure to resign as he says it will leave Egypt in chaos.

In his first interview since anti-government protests began, he told ABC News he would like to resign immediately. But he repeated that the country’s banned Islamist opposition group – the Muslim Brotherhood – would fill the power vacuum left by his absence.

Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei took issue with the president’s remarks, saying: “We as a people are fed up as well, it is not only him.

“The idea that there would be chaos is symptomatic of a dictatorship. He thinks if he leaves power the whole country will fall apart.”

A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Issam al-Aryan, also denied that it would put forward someone for the presidency, telling the BBC that it would prefer the opposition to nominate a consensus candidate.

“We want a civil state, based on Islamic principles. A democratic state, with a parliamentary system, with freedom to form parties, press freedom, and an independent and fair judiciary,” he added…….

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This is from Politicicaldog101…..

 

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February 4, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Military, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

President Obama will send $400M to the Palestinian’s in Gaza…..

The President hoping to erase the Arab displeasure with the original Israeli handling of the blockade running

ships….and the UNited States backing way from early condemnation of the Israeli action s has pledged more aid the Palestinians in Gaza……..

Obama is talking to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas today…and had to offer something besides talk……

In addition, The Israeli’s trying to recover from a bad military and political decisions is offering to relax some border crossing restrictions to Gaza….


President Obama pledged an infusion of $400 million in aid for housing, school construction and business development in the Palestinian territories Wednesday, saying after a one-on-one meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that the situation in Gaza is “inherently unstable.”

Obama had planned the White House meeting to talk mainly about the Middle East peace process. But in the aftermath of a deadly May 31 Israeli assault on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip, the two leaders ended up focusing instead on the blockade of Gaza and its effects on the people who live there.
“We agree that Israelis have the right to prevent arms from entering into Gaza that can be used to launch attacks into Israeli territory,” Obama told reporters after his meeting with Abbas in the White House. “But we also think that it is important for us to explore new mechanisms so that we can have goods and services, and economic development, and the ability of people to start their own businesses, and to grow the economy and provide opportunity within Gaza.”

The meeting between Obama and Abbas was scheduled before the attempt by activists to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza ended in the deaths of nine of them during the takeover by Israeli commandos, provoking international outrage.

In response, Israeli officials announced Wednesday that they would relax some border restrictions on Gaza, allowing in some snack foods and spices that had previously been off limits for delivery. Palestinian leaders dismissed the change as inconsequential because it does not allow more urgently needed items, such as fabric, fishing equipment, spare parts and electronics.

The Obama administration’s promise of aid includes money to increase access to clean drinking water, create jobs and build schools and affordable housing. State Department officials called the projects “a down payment” on the U.S. commitment to improving life in Gaza.

Last year, U.S. officials pledged a total of $900 million for Gaza and the West Bank, but acknowledged the difficulty of distributing the funds, especially because Hamas controls Gaza and is considered a terrorist organization.

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June 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

President Obama will send $400M to the Palestinian's in Gaza…..

The President hoping to erase the Arab displeasure with the original Israeli handling of the blockade running

ships….and the UNited States backing way from early condemnation of the Israeli action s has pledged more aid the Palestinians in Gaza……..

Obama is talking to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas today…and had to offer something besides talk……

In addition, The Israeli’s trying to recover from a bad military and political decisions is offering to relax some border crossing restrictions to Gaza….


President Obama pledged an infusion of $400 million in aid for housing, school construction and business development in the Palestinian territories Wednesday, saying after a one-on-one meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that the situation in Gaza is “inherently unstable.”

Obama had planned the White House meeting to talk mainly about the Middle East peace process. But in the aftermath of a deadly May 31 Israeli assault on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip, the two leaders ended up focusing instead on the blockade of Gaza and its effects on the people who live there.
“We agree that Israelis have the right to prevent arms from entering into Gaza that can be used to launch attacks into Israeli territory,” Obama told reporters after his meeting with Abbas in the White House. “But we also think that it is important for us to explore new mechanisms so that we can have goods and services, and economic development, and the ability of people to start their own businesses, and to grow the economy and provide opportunity within Gaza.”

The meeting between Obama and Abbas was scheduled before the attempt by activists to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza ended in the deaths of nine of them during the takeover by Israeli commandos, provoking international outrage.

In response, Israeli officials announced Wednesday that they would relax some border restrictions on Gaza, allowing in some snack foods and spices that had previously been off limits for delivery. Palestinian leaders dismissed the change as inconsequential because it does not allow more urgently needed items, such as fabric, fishing equipment, spare parts and electronics.

The Obama administration’s promise of aid includes money to increase access to clean drinking water, create jobs and build schools and affordable housing. State Department officials called the projects “a down payment” on the U.S. commitment to improving life in Gaza.

Last year, U.S. officials pledged a total of $900 million for Gaza and the West Bank, but acknowledged the difficulty of distributing the funds, especially because Hamas controls Gaza and is considered a terrorist organization.

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June 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

A Palestinian state by 2011?

From Talkandpolitics.…….

Haaretz reports:

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad recently announced that his government intends to declare an independent Palestinian state in the summer of 2011, even if no agreement is reached with Israel.

Good analysis on ramifications and game-changing move to negotiations over borders, territory and security in the gridlocked Israeli/Palestine conflict. This could perhaps maybe actually slowly steadily cautiously move the region somewhat closer to and eventually entering… a peaceful outcome and agreement between the two countries.

Full story here.

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Netanyahu will not attend the Nuclear security summit in Washington next week…..

Things have not been good for the Netanyahu’s Israeli Administration at all…..

First they come into power facing an Obama Adminstration that has changed the game plan on seeking peace in the region……

Obama ‘s White House comes out forcefully against any expansion of settlements in area’s the Palestinians claim is theirs…

The the Israeli’s get caught on camera going in for a ‘wet’ job and get hell for using other countries forged paperwork (that happens all the time, though…all the intel people do it)…

Then Bibi consents to a ultra right factions insistence on the settlements…..

While the reason give by the Israeli’s for Netanyahu’s cancellation (The israeli  Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor will go in Bibi’s place ) is worrys over Israel’s nuclear program…..the fact of the matter is Bibi is in a jam…

His own country men ans woman are not happy with the bad relations with the United States and the Europeans….

The Dog cautions that Bibi is skating on very thin ice here and could see his government coalition fail very soon…

Obama under Hillary Clinton ‘s eye is not gonna back down…….

And the Palestinian’s have gotten smart and gone non-violent thus out flanking Netanyahu’s government  and earning world sympathy….


Leaders and top officials from 47 countries have announced that they will attend the summit, which will focus on securing nuclear materials around the globe so they cannot fall into the hands of terrorists. Obama has made the issue one of his signature priorities, and the gathering will mark one of the largest gatherings of heads of state and government in Washington in the city’s history.

Netanyahu’s decision not to attend the summit comes at a low point in U.S.-Israeli relations. The Obama administration is still awaiting a response from Netanyahu to U.S. demands that he take confidence-building steps to engender indirect talks with the Palestinians, such as halting Jewish construction in areas of Jerusalem that Palestinians hope to claim as their capital.

Yet Netanyahu was not expected to meet with Obama during the summit — which takes place Monday and Tuesday — and there was no indication that the cancellation of his trip was related to the ongoing U.S.-Israeli tensions. The Israeli government said Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, who deals with atomic issues, will take Netanyahu’s place.

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April 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The Palestinians try Ghandi’s way……..

Palestinians headed to plant trees last month in the West Bank, part of a new, nonviolent approach to assert their land claims.

There have little or no violent outburst’s from the Palestinian’s for sometime…..

They have not been in the headlines…..

While the media has not noticed this….

President Obama has…..

And so when Bibi Netanyahu pushes for settlements….there are peaceful demonastrations..but no bombings…..

The Palestinians are trying a bit of non-violence….Ghandi’s way…

While is early…they are trying to start to portray the Israeli’s as the aggressor and play the media against their heavy handiness intransigence…..

Already this has put Bibi on bad terms with the US and the British….

We’ll see how it plays….

Something is stirring in the West Bank. With both diplomacy and armed struggle out of favor for having failed to end the Israeli occupation, the Fatah-dominatedPalestinian Authority, joined by the business community, is trying to forge a third way: to rouse popular passions while avoiding violence. The idea, as Fatah struggles to revitalize its leadership, is to build a virtual state and body politic through acts of popular resistance.

“It is all about self-empowerment,” said Hasan Abu-Libdeh, the Palestinian economy minister, referring to a campaign to end the purchase of settlers’ goods and the employment of Palestinians by settlers and their industries. “We want ordinary people to feel like stockholders in the process of building a state.”

The new approach still remains small scale while American-led efforts to revive peace talks are stalled. But street interviews showed that people were aware and supportive of its potential to bring pressure on Israel but dubious about its ultimate effectiveness.

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April 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

The Palestinians try Ghandi's way……..

Palestinians headed to plant trees last month in the West Bank, part of a new, nonviolent approach to assert their land claims.

There have little or no violent outburst’s from the Palestinian’s for sometime…..

They have not been in the headlines…..

While the media has not noticed this….

President Obama has…..

And so when Bibi Netanyahu pushes for settlements….there are peaceful demonastrations..but no bombings…..

The Palestinians are trying a bit of non-violence….Ghandi’s way…

While is early…they are trying to start to portray the Israeli’s as the aggressor and play the media against their heavy handiness intransigence…..

Already this has put Bibi on bad terms with the US and the British….

We’ll see how it plays….

Something is stirring in the West Bank. With both diplomacy and armed struggle out of favor for having failed to end the Israeli occupation, the Fatah-dominatedPalestinian Authority, joined by the business community, is trying to forge a third way: to rouse popular passions while avoiding violence. The idea, as Fatah struggles to revitalize its leadership, is to build a virtual state and body politic through acts of popular resistance.

“It is all about self-empowerment,” said Hasan Abu-Libdeh, the Palestinian economy minister, referring to a campaign to end the purchase of settlers’ goods and the employment of Palestinians by settlers and their industries. “We want ordinary people to feel like stockholders in the process of building a state.”

The new approach still remains small scale while American-led efforts to revive peace talks are stalled. But street interviews showed that people were aware and supportive of its potential to bring pressure on Israel but dubious about its ultimate effectiveness.

More……..

April 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Netanyahu tells Obama Administration ‘mind your own business’….Will proceed with unlimited settlements….

Thumbing his nose at President Obama and his emissaries Vice President Biden and Secretary of Sate Clinton…….The Israeli Prime Minister has indicated…indicated in strong language that Israel will not accede to American demands that a planed settlement be halted…..

Defying the United States, Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu rejected on Monday placing any curbs on building homes for Jews around Jerusalem.

“For the past 40 years, no Israeli government ever limited construction in the neighborhoods of Jerusalem,” he said in a speech in parliament, citing areas in the West Bank that Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed to the city.

The Prime Minister went on to say…….

Netanyahu said there was nearly total consensus among Israeli political parties that what he called Jewish neighborhoods in and around Jerusalem would remain “part of the state of Israel” in any future peace agreement.

Palestinians say Jewish settlement in occupied territory will deny them a viable state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state.

Citing biblical and historical links, Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital. The claim has not won international recognition.

We await the White House reaction to this …..

Which appears to continue the Israeli policy of slowly annexing any and all land that could be used by the Palestinians…..

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , | 12 Comments

Netanyahu tells Obama Administration 'mind your own business'….Will proceed with unlimited settlements….

Thumbing his nose at President Obama and his emissaries Vice President Biden and Secretary of Sate Clinton…….The Israeli Prime Minister has indicated…indicated in strong language that Israel will not accede to American demands that a planed settlement be halted…..

Defying the United States, Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu rejected on Monday placing any curbs on building homes for Jews around Jerusalem.

“For the past 40 years, no Israeli government ever limited construction in the neighborhoods of Jerusalem,” he said in a speech in parliament, citing areas in the West Bank that Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed to the city.

The Prime Minister went on to say…….

Netanyahu said there was nearly total consensus among Israeli political parties that what he called Jewish neighborhoods in and around Jerusalem would remain “part of the state of Israel” in any future peace agreement.

Palestinians say Jewish settlement in occupied territory will deny them a viable state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state.

Citing biblical and historical links, Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital. The claim has not won international recognition.

We await the White House reaction to this …..

Which appears to continue the Israeli policy of slowly annexing any and all land that could be used by the Palestinians…..

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , | 12 Comments

Israel and Netanyahu anger Biden, Clinton and Obama……

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive at Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv, March 8, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

It all started on Vice President Joe Biden’s trip this week to Israel……

First the Israeli’s where miffed because Obama didn’t come…..

Then, Biden reassured the Israeli’s that the America…as usuall… has it’s back…..

Then…….Well, then things went sideways….

Israel had announced prior to the visit that it was building a 1,660 apartment unit , Ramat Shlomo, a religious Jewish settlement in an area of the West Bank annexed to Jerusalem……and the Palestinians where mad

That was a not good…….

President Obama…who is determined to get done something no other President has been able do…..has signaled loud and clear from the jump that he has Israel’s back….but that they cannot go on winking at the support the United States will alway have for the country….while ignoring the Palestinian problem in their back yard…..

It must be clear to the Israeli’s…. that Obama MUST seriously attempt to solve the Palestinian problem ….in order to gain face in trying to address  bigger problems in the Middle East…….

And he needs Israeli’s help….( and needs to show the Arabs that he’ll spank Israel coming out of the gate )

This on Biden’s trip……

Israel’s refusal to stop settlement building despite U.S. urging has been a major obstacle to a resumption of the talks, and the announcement put Biden in an uncomfortable position ahead of a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units,” Biden said in a statement issued after he arrived 90 minutes late for a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He said the blueprint for Ramat Shlomo, a religious Jewish settlement in an area of the West Bank annexed to Jerusalem by Israel, “undermines the trust we need right now and runs counter to the constructive discussions that I’ve had here in Israel.”

The Palestinians had dropped a demand that Israel freeze settlement building and agreed to up to four months of indirect negotiations after receiving Arab League endorsement last week.

“Israel is not interested in negotiations, nor in peace,” Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rdainah told Reuters, adding that the Ramat Shlomo project “will lead to negotiations being obstructed.”

Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who heads a religious party in Netanyahu’s governing coalition and is responsible for the plan’s announcement, described its timing as happenstance.

“There was certainly no intention to provoke anyone, and certainly not to come along and hurt the vice president of the United States,” Yishai told Israel’s Channel One television.

“Final approval (for the project) will take another few months, if it is approved, and I agree that the timing (of the announcement) should have been in another two or three weeks.”

But remember….the Palestainians need to give up something also….

Netanyahu repeated an Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. They have rejected that.

The Biden statement on support for Israel……

“There is no space between the United States and Israel when it comes to Israel’s security.”

A day after Biden left Israel……Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laced into the Israeli’s again……

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Israel’s behaviour “insulting” after it approved 1,600 new homes last week at a settlement in the Jerusalem area on the very day Vice President Joe Biden was there to set a seal on relaunched negotiations.

She went on….

Though Clinton stressed that Washington’s ties with the Jewish state were “durable and strong”, she had told Netanyahu in a telephone call on Friday that he must act to repair the relationship and show his commitment to an alliance which, she reminded him, was key to Israel’s security in a hostile region.

While accepting that Netanyahu was taken by surprise by the settlement housing approval granted on Tuesday by his interior ministry, which is run by the pro-settler religious Shas party, Clinton said the prime minister was still responsible for it.

Clinton called “to make clear that the United States considered the announcement to be a deeply negative signal about Israel’s approach to the bilateral relationship and counter to the spirit of the vice president’s trip,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters.

The Israeli reaction…..

There was no reaction from Israeli officialdom during the Jewish sabbath but in Washington, the Anti-Defamation League, which lobbies for Israel with U.S. lawmakers, called Clinton’s remarks on the diplomatic debacle a “gross over-reaction.”

“We are shocked and stunned at the administration’s tone and public dressing down of Israel,” the ADL’s Abraham Foxman said.

“We cannot remember an instance when such harsh language was directed at a friend and ally of the United States.

“One can only wonder how far the U.S. is prepared to go in distancing itself from Israel in order to placate the Palestinians.”

The bottom line for the future….

A senior U.S. official indicated that Washington may focus on playing down the significance of the past week’s approval for future housebuilding — “this was a year away at minimum”, he said — and voicing understanding for Netanyahu’s difficulties.

‘Perilous’
The official described the premier’s position as “perilous” due to his coalition dependence on pro-settler groups.

But he also said Washington expected Netanyahu to avoid a repeat of disputes over settlements: “The Israelis know the only way to stay on the positive side of the ledger — internationally and with us — is to not have them recurring.”

Even the scope of possible talks is still in doubt, however, and few see any rapid prospect of a solution to the conflict.

Israel has so far balked at Palestinian demands that the indirect phase include talks on “final status issues,” including borders, refugees and sharing the city of Jerusalem.

Washington wants the talks to cover issues of “consequence” but has yet to spell out publicly what that would entail.

The Quartet of Middle East peace mediators — the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia — also condemned the settlement plan and said it would assess the situation at a scheduled meeting in Moscow next week.

Update…..

Israeli authorities have sealed off the West Bank for 48 hours, preventing Palestinians from entering Israel, over fears of unrest. The government is concerned about violence this weekend in reaction to Israel’s announcement that it will build 1,600 new settler homes in disputed East Jerusalem.

There have also been clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian worshippers and mosques in Jerusalem in recent weeks. Israeli police have also barred men under 50 from attending Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa mosque. The order went into effect at midnight on Thursday and will last until midnight on Saturday.

In response to Israel’s construction announcement, the Arab League withdrew its support for indirect talks between the two sides. U.S. envoy George Mitchell called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday to urge him to go ahead with talks, but Abbas reportedly demanded a freeze on the new settlement project before the Palestinians would return to the table.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left Israel yesterday after a visit that was supposed to reaffirm U.S.-Israel ties, but ended up straining them further. Netanyahu apologized on Thursday for the timing of the East Jerusalem construction announcement.

From foreignpolicly.com….

March 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments