The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Reaffirmation of the Arab peace initiative by the Riyadh summit meeting (First summary and appraisal)

On March 28-29 an Arab summit meeting was held in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. It was overshadowed by the escalation of the regional struggle between the radical Iranian-Syrian axis and the pragmatic, pro-Western states (chiefly Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan) and by the internal tensions in the various arenas of conflict (chiefly Iraq,
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation March 16-31

The main event of the past two weeks was the Riyadh Arab summit meeting’s reaffirmation of the 2002 Arab peace initiative. The initiative is based on Israel’s full withdrawal from the territories occupied in 1967 and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. In return, a peace agreement will
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Analysis of the Palestinian national unity government: its composition, platform and the implications of its establishment

In the late morning hours of March 17, 2007, the Palestinian Legislative Council held a vote of confidence for the new national unity government and ratified its establishment, with 83 representatives voting in favor and three against (two from the PFLP, which is not part of the government, and one independent). In the evening the
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Ayman al-Zawahiri lashed out at the Hamas movement once again, accusing it of abandoning jihad and “selling Palestine” for seats in the Palestinian unity government.

Ayman al-Zawahiri lashed out at the Hamas movement once again, accusing it of abandoning jihad and “selling Palestine” for seats in the Palestinian unity government. Hamas spokesmen defended their political activity, stressing the continuing adherence of the movement to its radical principles, namely “resistance” and “jihad”, and non-recognition of Israel.
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation March 1-15

The main event was the agreement reached by Palestinian chairman Abu Mazen and designated Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya regarding the establishment of a Palestinian national unity government based on the Mecca Accord of February 9. The new government received a vote of confidence on March 17. An initial analysis of the new government’s proposed
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Attempts to abduct Israelis continue: at the ‘Eli junction, north of Ramallah, a Hamas squad’s attempt to abduct Israelis was prevented

On the evening of February 4, 2007, an attempt was made to abduct an Israeli civilian at the ‘Eli junction, north of Ramallah. The civilian, who was waiting at a bus stop, was suspicious of the three Palestinians who drove up and refused to enter their vehicle. The three then fled and the civilian alerted
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