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US urges Arab states to fund Palestinians after Hamas victory Ewen MacAskill Jonathan Steele Nicholas Watt - The Guardian - White House fears chaos if support is cut off; Danger of cash vacuum poses dilemma for west 31/1/2006
Human Rights group demands Hamas halt attacks against civilians Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - The New York-based organization Human Rights Watch sent an appeal to the leaders of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, demanding that they officially end all attacks against civilian targets in Israel. 30/1/2006
Despite Hamas win, Palestinians want peace with IsraelAgence France Presse - "Hamas`s election victory may have raised fears of a hardening in Palestinian attitudes towards Israel, but a poll Monday shows a vast majority want a negotiated peace with their Jewish neighbours. " 31/1/2006
Vanunu`s trial - what happenedMordechai Vanunu - "So this is "the trial" that Israel wants, at the same time they are hiding it, hiding the fact that this is a trial not about `state security`, as they have said in the past 20 years, but about the fact of me SPEAKING TO THE PRESS! NO `NUCLEAR SECRETS` INVOLVED! I HAVE NO MORE SECRETS SINCE THE PUBLICATION IN 1986!" 30/1/2006
Palestinian funding hangs in the balance as international donors urge Abbas to stay on Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "The international community will consider whether to continue aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) today amid strong signs that its beleaguered President Mahmoud Abbas will have the pivotal short-term role of maintaining the continuity of relations with the outside world." 30/1/2006
Khaled Mashal: Hamas ready to form Palestinian armyReuters - Damascus - The Islamic militant group Hamas is ready to merge armed factions including its military wing to form an army to defend the Palestinian people, a senior Hamas leader Khaled Mashal said on Saturday. 28/1/2006
Israel asks EU not to deal with `terror government` Associated Press - Israel`s acting foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, today asked the EU not to deal with a "terror government," referring to Hamas`s victory in the Palestinian elections. 26/1/2006
14 prisoners in Israeli jails electedYigal Grayef - The Jerusalem Post - When the new Palestinian Legislative Council meets for the first time, 11% of the members are likely to be absent from the proceedings. 27/1/2006
Barghouti calls for a Palestinian National Unity government Manar Jibrin -IMEMC & Agencies - 23/1/2006
Fatah attacked for taking US fundsKhalid Amayreh - Aljazeera - "Palestinian parties competing in legislative elections on Wednesday have criticised the reported US financial assistance to Fatah`s election campaign." 23/1/2006
Hamas sees possible indirect talks with IsraelAlertnet/Reuters - "A senior Hamas official raised the possibility on Monday of indirect negotiations with Israel, softening the Islamic militant group`s stance ahead of this week`s Palestinian election." 23/1/2006
Fatah rules out coalition with Hamas unless it recognizes Israel The Associated Press - Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas` Fatah party will only form a coalition government with parties willing to negotiate with Israel22/1/2006
EU suspends 35 million euros in aid to the Palestinian AuthorityReuters - The European Union has suspended 35 million euros ($42 million) in aid to the Palestinians, citing their lack of budgetary discipline, the EU`s commissioner for external relations said on Tuesday. 17/1/2006
Hamas support grows after Israelis shoot militant leaderDonald Macintyre - The Independent - The green Hamas flags were fluttering from the rooftops against a cold grey sky when they brought the body of the militant Thabet Ayyadeh home yesterday.18/1/2006
Abbas says may quit if MPs don`t support his policiesOmar Karmi - The Jordan Times - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday said he might be impelled to resign should parliamentary elections next week throw up a government opposed to his policies including negotiations with Israel.19/1/2006
Brandeis University Faces Threat Of Boycott Over Palestinian ScholarMarc Perelman - Forward - ZOA issued a statement Tuesday calling on donors to rethink their financial support for Brandeis if the university fails to reconsider its appointment of Palestinian political scientist Khalil Shikaki, a well-known commentator on Middle Eastern affairs. 21/1/2006
New-look Hamas spends #100k on an image makeover; Chris McGreal - The Guardian - Spin doctor admits he has `work cut out` with group known for suicide attacks 21/1/2006
Hamas offers possibility of olive branch to IsraelAgence France Presse - Jerusalem - A prominent Hamas political leader has said the group could condone talks with Israel after its "strategic shift" in taking part in Palestinian elections: "We`ll negotiate [with Israel] better than the others, who negotiated for 10 years and achieved nothing," said Sheikh Mohammad Abu Tir, who is number two on the Hamas slate for this month`s Palestinian parliamentary elections. 17/1/2006
Amnesty urges Palestinian candidates to end lawlessnessThe Daily Star - Candidates to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) must set up mechanisms to establish the rule of law in the Gaza Strip and in the areas of the West Bank under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority (PA) where intra-Palestinian violence has reached unprecedented levels, according to rights group Amnesty International (AI). 21/1/2006
Hamas holds election rallies in GazaThe Daily Star - Peres says Israel ready to negotiate with militant group if it disarms 21/1/2006
Most Israelis back unilateral W. Bank pullout-pollReuters - Most Israelis favour a further unilateral pullout from occupied West Bank land following last year`s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, an Israeli newspaper poll showed on Friday. 21/1/2006
Palestinian security forces vote in legislative pollNidal al-Mughrabi - Reuters, GAZA - Palestinian security forces cast the first ballots on Saturday in the Palestinian Legislative Council election, voting early before the main national poll next week, the first contested by the militant group Hamas. 21/1/2006
Hamas drawing level with FatahKhalid Amayreh - Al Jazeera - Hamas, the most powerful Islamist group in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, will be running neck and neck with the ruling Fatah party in next week’s legislative elections. 21/1/2006
EU Says Donations to PNA Could Not Be UnconditionalPalestine Media Center – PMC - Facing a “suffocating financial crisis,” Palestinian officials have no immediate comment yet on an EU decision on Tuesday to suspend 35 million euros ($42 million) in aid to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), coming shortly after freezing 60% of funding for the PNA`s operational budget by the World Bank. 21/1/2006
Israel, PA row over Karni crossingHanan Greenberg - YNET News - Israel offers to open Kerem Hashalom crossing as alternative to Karni crossing, which was closed last week over terror warnings; Palestinian Authority turns down Israel offer, demands Karni be reopned; Israel says offer meant to allow aid, goods in and out of Gaza 21/1/2006
Israel attacks `axis of terror` BBC News - "Israel has accused Iran and Syria of complicity in a suicide attack that injured at least 30 people in Tel Aviv. It "was financed by Tehran, planned in Syria and carried out by Palestinians," Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz was quoted by security officials as saying. "20/1/2006
Officer: Tree-cutting borders on terror, but: Left-wing groups are also to blame for it...Efrat Weiss - YnetNews - IDF official issues scathing attack on settlers who cut Palestinian trees, says such actions `endanger us as a people more than terror activity`; Editorial commemnt: in a new peak of hypocrisy and "hutzpeh", the official says that left-wing groups are also to blame for growing tree-cuttig by settlers... 13/1/2006
Israel warns U.S. on Palestinian vote Greg Myre - The New York Times - Israel`s acting prime minister, Ehud Olmert, told President George W. Bush on Thursday that Middle East peace efforts could not progress if "terrorist organizations" such as Hamas join the Palestinian government following elections this month. 13/1/2006
Nikkei Shimbun Interview with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from January 4, 2006Nikkei Shimbun - The text that follows is a translation and transcription of the taped interview the Nikkei Shimbun, the Economic Journal of Japan, conducted with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on January 4, 2006, the day before he suffered his massive stroke. The interview was conducted by the newspaper’s Middle East Bureau Chief, Hiroaki Kanazawa, the Middle East Senior Correspondent, Ken Moriyasu, and the Israel Correspondent, Eli Garshowitz. 4/1/2006
PA furious over Hamas exclusion Roee Nahmias - Ynet News - Fatah members reject Israeli conditions for PA elections, threaten to call off vote 11/1/2006
Al Batsh: "Resistance does not depend on the presence or absence of Sharon" Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies - Khaled Al Batsh, one of the leaders of the Islamic Jihad movement, in the Gaza Strip, said that resistance is against the occupation, and its crimes, and does not depend on the presence or absence of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. 5/1/2006
Barghouthi: "Sharon`s health shouldn`t affect legislative election date" Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies - Marwan Barghouthi said that the health condition of Ariel Sharon should not affect the Palestinian Legislative Council`s election date slated for January 25, 2006. 7/1/2006
Zahar: "No negotiations with Israel after elections" Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies - The Palestinian Maan News Agency reported that Sheikh Mahmoud Zahar, one of Hamas political leaders in, denied any possibility that the Islamic resistance Movement, Hamas, will enter into negotiations with Israel if it wins seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections. 7/1/2006
From muscle to mysteryAmos Oz - The Guardian - "The Sharon I loathed changed dramatically two years ago; but just how far was he travelling towards reconciliation". And what can be answered to a gentleman who opined that Sharon was lately into reconciliation - a Letter to the Editor by Miriam Reik7/1/2006
Norway split over Israel boycottBBC News - Norway`s Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen is backing a planned consumer boycott of Israeli goods, contradicting the coalition government`s policy. 6/1/2006
His career over, Sharon is left to fight for life Donald Macintyre - The Independent - He had been under heavy sedation and connected to a respirator after what was officially described as an `extensive` stroke, the second in three weeks, and a massive brain haemorrhage. The fresh surgery followed what doctors said was a `rise in cranial pressure`. 7/1/2006
Report: Israel building Arab ghettos RoeeNahmias - YNET - "Arab Association for Human Rights reveals that increasing number of fences and ramparts built to separate Arabs from Jews in Israel" 3/1/2006
Armed Palestinians seized the United Nations club in Gaza CityReuters - Palestinian policemen inspecting the damaged UN club drinking hall in Gaza City before dawn on Sunday. 1/1/2006
Jihad, Aksa Brigades end cease-fireAssociated Press - The Islamic Jihad and several armed groups with ties to the ruling Fatah movement including the al-Aksa Martyrs` Brigades said Saturday they wouldn`t necessarily observe a truce with Israel in 2006. 1/1/2006
Statement by EU High Representative for the CFSP, on the Palestinian electionsJavier Solana - European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), issued the following statement today on the elections to the Palestinian Authority 26/1/2006
Palestinians vote for their Parliament Wednesday George Rishmawi-IMEMC - At least 1.3 million Palestinians who are eligible voters will elect 132 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council on Wednesday in the second parliamentary elections ever since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994. 25/1/2006
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