Housing Development Continues Unabated in Disputed Territory

Posted on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 @ 04:05 PM
Palestinians see no clear signs of peacemaking in Jerusalem
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Housing starts East Jerusalem

According to the monitoring group, Peace Now, housing starts in Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem continue despite PM Ehud Olmert's directive to desist. Peace Now reports, "In the four months since the Annapolis summit, which was intended to restart peace talks between Israel and Palestine, Israel issued tenders for the construction of 747 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. Plans for another 3,648 housing units were submitted to the public for objection, an important final stage of review before construction is approved."

Last Saturday, at the Arab summit in Damascus, Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel or scuppering efforts to establish a Palestinian state. He said, "Israel is continuing its aggression, its occupation, the construction of settlements and the Judaisation of Jerusalem."

Tags: east jerusalem, Ehud Olmert, mahmoud abbas, Israeli settlements, Peace Now

United States Gets Busy in the Mid-East Again

Posted on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 @ 03:14 PM
Secretary of State Rice's visit prompts easing of some West Bank restrictions
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West Bank roadblock restrictions
In an apparent attempt to get the peace process reignited, Condoleezza Rice appears to have wrung some concessions from Israel to improve Palestinian life on the West bank by easing some roadblock restrictions. 

Tags: middle east, israeli-palestinian conflict, peace process, west bank, Condoleezza Rice

Palestinian President Suspends Mid-East Conflict Negotiations

Posted on Mon, Mar 03, 2008 @ 03:16 PM

Abbas pulls out of Middle East peace talks with Israel's government over Gaza action
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Israel's military action in Gaza

The current round of talks aimed at a peace treaty by year's end are now on hold following Israel's military actions in Gaza

Mahmoud Abbas has taken the largely symbolic step to protest Israel's military incursion into Gaza to prevent further rocket attacks on Sderot and Ashkelon.

According to a story on the BBC World News site, the Palestinian president is seen as increasingly ineffective in the face of Israel's overwhelming ability to use force.

Tags: gaza, peace process, israel, Middle East Conflict, Palestine, Peace talks, abbas, mid-east