|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
|Despite Hamas win, Palestinians want peace with Israel||Agence 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.
|Vanunu`s trial - what happened||Mordechai 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!"
|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."
|Khaled Mashal: Hamas ready to form Palestinian army||Reuters - 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.
|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.
|14 prisoners in Israeli jails elected||Yigal 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.
|Barghouti calls for a Palestinian National Unity government ||Manar Jibrin -IMEMC & Agencies - ||23/1/2006|
|Fatah attacked for taking US funds||Khalid Amayreh - Aljazeera - "Palestinian parties competing in legislative elections on Wednesday have criticised the reported US financial assistance to Fatah`s election campaign."
|Hamas sees possible indirect talks with Israel||Alertnet/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."
|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 Israel||22/1/2006|
|EU suspends 35 million euros in aid to the Palestinian Authority||Reuters - 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.
|Hamas support grows after Israelis shoot militant leader||Donald 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 policies||Omar 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 Scholar||Marc 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.
|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
|Hamas offers possibility of olive branch to Israel||Agence 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.
|Amnesty urges Palestinian candidates to end lawlessness||The 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).
|Hamas holds election rallies in Gaza||The Daily Star - Peres says Israel ready to negotiate with militant group if it disarms
|Most Israelis back unilateral W. Bank pullout-poll||Reuters - 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.
|Palestinian security forces vote in legislative poll||Nidal 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.
|Hamas drawing level with Fatah||Khalid 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.
|EU Says Donations to PNA Could Not Be Unconditional||Palestine 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.
|Israel, PA row over Karni crossing||Hanan 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
|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.
|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.
|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...
|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.
|Nikkei Shimbun Interview with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from January 4, 2006||Nikkei 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|From muscle to mystery||Amos 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 Reik||7/1/2006|
|Norway split over Israel boycott||BBC News - Norway`s Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen is backing a
planned consumer boycott of Israeli goods, contradicting
the coalition government`s policy.
|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`.
|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"
|Armed Palestinians seized the United Nations club in Gaza City||Reuters - Palestinian policemen inspecting the damaged UN club drinking hall in Gaza City before dawn on Sunday.
|Jihad, Aksa Brigades end cease-fire||Associated 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.
|Statement by EU High Representative for the CFSP, on the Palestinian elections||Javier 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
|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.
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