Israel's Housing Minister said on Thursday that the idea of the two-state solution has reached a dead-end and the search for an alternative is a "must". Uri Ariel, a member of Jewish Home Party, claimed that the coalition group has just such an alternative plan, starting with the annexation of "Area C".
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has accused Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Assad regime of using chemical weapons in a town on the outskirts of Damascus, it has been reported.
According to Al-Arabia news website, an attack on the town of Zamalka caused a number of casualties. The website broadcast a video claiming to have been produced by FSA loyalists but it has not been verified independently. Several causalities appear in the clip with a female voiceover, in English, describing the use of gas in the attack.
- 20 June 2013
Discussion about a one state solution in Palestine/Israel is moving into the mainstream. As its advocates gain a platform for their views, defenders of ethnic separation are increasingly falling back on crude arguments about birth-rates and how 'Jews' would be treated in an 'Arab state'. But a smarter, seemingly 'pragmatic' objection to a single state is also common: namely that a majority of both Israelis and Palestinians actually want a 'two-state solution'. At first glance, this can appear to be a strong argument, particularly when deployed in debates in the West (e.g. 'Who are you to force your solution on people who don't want it?') However, it is a claim that cannot withstand serious scrutiny.
A senior officer in the Israeli police force has admitted that he and his colleagues are unable to prevent the attacks carried out by Jewish settlers against Palestinians in what are known as "price tag" operations. The officer ruled out any improvement in this respect over the coming months. He pointed out that the police service is waiting for the Defence Minister, Moshe Ya'alon, to declare "Price Tag" to be an illegal organisation.
According to a report in the Israeli daily Haaretz, police officials say that their inability to tackle the phenomenon lies in the lack of an effective deterrent for the young, extreme right-wing Jewish settlers. There is, they say, a generation of young settlers ready to imitate their predecessors who started the Price Tag movement in illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank.
Changing governors is the right of the state president, the Secretary General of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights Abdullah Al-Ashaal has affirmed. They are, he added, chosen by President Mohamed Morsi solely on their qualifications and ability to carry out the role.
Mr Al-Ashaal said that the president has the right to choose whoever he sees fit. "No one has the right to challenge his choices because he alone bears the responsibility for them," he insisted in response to criticism that governors have been appointed due to their affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Human rights organisation B'Tselem has sent a letter to the legal adviser of the Israeli army's civil administration in the occupied West Bank asking for an end to the use of dogs against Palestinian civilians. The call was made after dogs attacked two Palestinians as they tried to enter Israel to look for work. The dogs were used by security forces to detain the men.
The head of International Relations in the Islamic Resistance Movement has said that political arrests made by the Palestinian Authority against Hamas members do not reflect any serious intention towards national reconciliation. Osama Hamdan pointed out that since 2007 the PA has arrested or summonsed around 15,000 fellow Palestinians, mostly affiliates of the groups opposed to Fatah, including Hamas. "Almost 120 people were arrested in the first two weeks of June alone," he noted.
- 19 June 2013
My role as the movement's leader is to preserve its balance and unity, and ensure the maintenance of its moderate and centrist characteristics
Marking the 32nd anniversary of the establishment of Al-Nahda movement, Sheikh Rashid Al-Ghannouchi sat down with us for a comprehensive interview in which he addressed the meaning of this anniversary, Al-Nahda's internal affairs, the bloody events in Jebel Chaanbi, the most prominent matters linked to the democratic transition, and the prospects of the upcoming stage of Tunisia's transition to democracy. The following is the interview transcript.
- 19 June 2013
- Middle East
The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has cut off aid to Palestinian activists in a bid to boost peace efforts being promoted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, a senior Israeli military commander has claimed. The cuts are aimed at activists carrying out protests against Israeli settlements and military aggression in the occupied West Bank. Such protests, the activists say, highlight the PA's security cooperation with the Israeli occupation.
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