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Jews protest Arab construction in Israel

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Jews protest Arab construction in Israel

More than 1,000 police officers were deployed to the southern Israeli Bedouin town of Rahat on Sunday morning as two dozen Jewish right-wing extremists protested what they said was unlawful Arab construction on neighboring hilltops.

Several hundred Bedouin residents who are Israeli citizens held a counter-demonstration in the center of town. About 25 protesters arrived in two buses under police presence. They were allowed to march a short distance, as police on horseback and in a helicopter hovered around.

Police closed off the main road to prevent the two sides from coming into contact.

“They are taking over the land of Israel without permission, building on hilltops as you can see here to the right and to the left,” said Baruch Marzel, who is associated with the banned Kach movement.

Far-right parliament member Michael Ben Ari of the National Union party said allowing Bedouins to settle on hilltops while removing Jews from hilltops in the West Bank is discrimination. In the town center, residents held a demonstration with lawmakers from Israeli Arab parties in attendance.

Talab El-Sana, a Bedouin from the Democratic Arab Party, urged the counter-demonstrators to show restraint.

“We told the people to be quiet, we are not against the policemen, we are against these people who call for discrimination or transfer for the Arabs,” he told CNN.

The march ended without any major incident.

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Abbas reiterated that do not participate in the Palestinian elections be held early next year

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November 5, the Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the statement read. The same day, Abbas reiterated here, he will not participate in scheduled January elections.

Abbas reiterated that do not participate in the Palestinian elections be held early next year

November 5, the Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the statement read. The same day, Abbas reiterated here, he will not participate in scheduled January elections. Xinhua News Agency reporters Hua Chun and Yu She

Xinhua Ramallah, November 5 (Xinhua Yue Zhao Yang Yuanyuan) Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the Presidential Palace the evening of 5 a televised speech, reiterated that he will not be held early next year to participate in the Palestinian National Authority Chairman, and the Palestinian legislative elections, and stressed that next year’s January 24 election date will not change.

In his speech, Abbas said: “I want to tell the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the National Liberation Movement (Fatah) Central Committee, I have no intention to participate in next year’s Palestinian elections.” He said: “The current stalemate prompted me to to say a few simple to understand the words: peace above all party interests, higher than any government coalition. ”

Abbas is still hopeful for peace in the Middle East, he said: “Despite the crisis intensified, but the realization of peaceful co-existence between Palestinians and Israel still possible.” He also admitted that “two-state solution face enormous challenges, we do not know where it will go.”

In his speech, Abbas reiterated that should be in accordance with relevant United Nations resolutions, the road map and the Arab initiative to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He said the current Israeli Government has ignored the requirements of peace, and constantly in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the expansion of Jewish settlements, which is the main reason for causing the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks deadlocked.

After the speech, Abbas, the Fatah Central Committee immediately issued a statement reiterating Fatah, Abbas is the only candidate in next year’s general election.

74-year-old Abbas was elected in January 2005 the Palestinian National Authority President, he is still the PLO Executive Committee President and Fatah leader.

Abbas, on the evening of October 23 issued a decree, to Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinians in the January 24, 2010 at the Palestinian National Authority President and the Palestinian legislative elections.

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Israel, Palestinians hold ‘positive’ talks

AMMAN: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held a “positive” first face-to-face meeting in more than 15 months on Tuesday, saying they remain committed to a two-state solution but that full-blown talks are still some way off.

“The talks and atmosphere were positive,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told reporters after the talks in Amman between Israel’s chief negotiator Yitzhak Molcho, his Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erakat and Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh.

Washington too welcomed what it described as a “positive development” after months of deadlock in peace talks over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal in 2010 to renew a freeze on most settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

Judeh, who hosted the meeting in the Jordanian capital, voiced cautious optimism. “The two sides expressed their commitment to a two-state solution. We do not want to raise the level of expectations, but at the same time we do not want to minimise the importance of this meeting,” he said.

“The Palestinians submitted a paper on borders and security. The Israeli side received it, promising to study it and respond,” he said.

The minister said Jordan, which has a 1994 peace treaty with Israel, will host further talks between the two sides.

“Any announcement about the meetings will be made by Jordan. You might hear about the meetings and you might not,” he said, expecting “progress and things to be positive by the end of this month.”
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Tuesday the outcome of the meeting would soon be clear.

“We will know today or in the coming two days,” he said, indicating that they were looking to find “the right foundation” to resume talks with Israel.
“This is a good thing and we hope Jordanian efforts work,” he was quoted as saying by Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency.
Earlier this week, Israeli cabinet minister Dan Meridor said the fact that a meeting was taking place was “a positive development” but that it did not in itself constitute a return to direct talks.Erakat made the same point in an interview with Voice of Palestine radio.
“This meeting will be devoted to discussing the possibility of making a breakthrough that could lead to the resumption of negotiations. Therefore, it will not mark the resumption of negotiations,” he said on Monday.

Direct talks ground to a halt in September 2010, when an Israeli freeze on new West Bank settlement construction expired and Netanyahu declined to renew it.

“We will see what the quartet’s position will be in this meeting and if it is willing to seriously address the obstacles to the peace process and negotiations put by Israel,” PLO secretary general Yasser Abed Rabbo told Voice of Palestine.

Abbas met with US envoy David Hale in Ramallah late on Monday and told him there would be no resumption of talks unless Israel froze settlement construction and accepted the 1967 borders as the basis for peace talks, a Palestinian official told AFP.

The Quartet, which comprises the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States, has been trying to draw the two sides back to the negotiating table, asking them for comprehensive proposals on territory and security.

White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged the difficulties President Barack Obama faced in getting a resumption of talks.

“He is doing everything he can to bring them together at the table,” Carney said.

“And this is obviously a challenging issue — it has been so for a long time. But the president’s very focused on doing what he can to make it happen.”

Abed Rabbo said Washington wanted the talks to restart “without any preconditions or promises on settlement expansion.
“This does not fulfil the conditions for a resumption of negotiations nor does it enable any negotiations to succeed,” he said.
The meeting sparked an angry reaction from the Hamas movement which has controlled the Gaza Strip since ousting Abbas’s forces in 2007.
“Going to such a meeting is only betting on failure,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP on Monday.
The leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine also criticised the meeting, calling it a “fatal error” which would force the Palestinians back into another pointless waiting game. (AFP)

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