Sunday, May 31, 2009

Obama promises Arabs Jerusalem will be theirs

Official claims president said Palestinian statewith holy city as capital 'in American interest'

Tensions between Washington and Jerusalem are growing

'Obama wants Mideast breakthrough within next two years'

By Barak Ravid
Haaretz Correspondent

Meanwhile, tensions between Washington and Jerusalem are growing after the U.S. administration's demand that Israel completely freeze construction in all West Bank settlements.

Israeli political officials have accused the administration of taking a preferential line toward the Palestinians with this regard.

Some officials expressed disappointment after Tuesday's round of meetings in London with George Mitchell, Obama's envoy to the Middle East. "All of the understandings reached during the [George W.] Bush administration are worth nothing," said one senior official.

Another official said the U.S. administration is refusing every Israeli attempt to reach new agreements on settlement construction. "The United States is taking a line of granting concessions to the Palestinians that is not fair toward Israel," he said. The Israeli officials attributed the unyielding U.S. stance to the speech Obama will make in Cairo this Thursday, in which he is expected to deliver a message of reconciliation to the Arab and Muslim worlds.

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Israel Prepares for War: 5-Day 'Turning Point 3' Exercise Begins

by Yehudah Lev Kay
Arutz Sheva
Sivan 8, 5769 / May 31, '09

( The largest emergency drill ever to take place in Israel, dubbed ‘Turning Point 3’, began Sunday morning after months of planning.

Representatives from 70 nations are participating as observers in the drill, which simulates a war with Hamas, Hizbullah, and Syria that also leads Arabs within Israel to riot and commit terrorist attacks.

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