Special Report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts
RAMALLAH, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday urged Iran not to
intervene in the Palestinian internal affairs.
"Iran must not intervene in the internal Palestinian
affairs," Abbas said during a news conference with the visiting U.S. Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton in Ramallah.
Palestinian National Authority (PNA)
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (R) shakes hands with visiting U.S. Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on
March 4, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Iran is holding a conference to support Gaza Strip,
the Palestinian territory controlled by Abbas' bitter rival, Islamic Hamas
movement. The conference is seen a counterpart of the international donors
meeting that took place in Egypt where the conferees pledged more than 4 billion
U.S. dollars for Gaza and renewed recognition of Abbas as the legal Gaza ruler.
"You are widening our divisions, not helping us,"
In her first visit to the territory as a secretary of
state, Clinton renewed support for Abbas, saying Palestinian Prime Minister
Salam Fayyad's government, which is based in the West Bank, was "the only
legitimate government for the Palestinians."
Meanwhile, Abbas stressed that Israel must be
committed the two-state solution as the only way to end decades of violence. He
also called on Israel to stop building settlements and demolishing Palestinian
houses in the West Bank.
Clinton also said the construction of settlements
doesn't go with Israel's commitment under the U.S.-backed Road Map peace plan.
She expressed concerns over the Israeli closure of
the Gaza Strip despite international calls for opening the crossing points to
allow the reconstruction process to take place.
"A child growing up in Gaza without shelter,
healthcare and education has the same right to go to see a doctor, go to school
and have a roof over his head as a child growing up in any country," she said.
Iran says conference not interference in Palestinian affairs
TEHRAN, March 4 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian official on Wednesday rejected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' accusation that Iran was intervening in the Palestinian internal affairs by holding an international conference on the issue.
"Holding conference on Palestine in Tehran does not mean interfering in Palestinian affairs," Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted by local Mehr news agency as saying. Full story
Iran's president calls for
"international front against Zionism"
TEHRAN, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad on Wednesday called for the formation of an "international front
Ahmadinejad made the call at an international conference
with the theme of "In Support of Palestine, the Symbol of Resistance; Gaza, the
Victim of Crime." Full story
Clinton highlights two-state solution
in first Mideast foray
JERUSALEM, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton Tuesday asked Israeli officials that the U.S.
administration is committed to establishing a Palestinian state alongside
The United States "will be vigorously engaged in the
pursuit of a two-state solution... The inevitability of working toward a
two-state solution is inescapable," said Clinton at a joint press conference
with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Full story
Abbas, Clinton to meet on peace
process, settlements activities:
RAMALLAH, March 4
(Xinhua) -- Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Wednesday that President
Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will hold talks in
Ramallah later in the day to discuss the peace process and Israeli settlements
activities in the West Bank.
Clinton, who is paying her first official visit to
the region after becoming the secretary of state, arrived in Israel on Tuesday,
where she held talks with Israeli leaders. Full story
Israel opens commercial crossings with
GAZA, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Israel on Wednesday opened
its commercial crossing points with the impoverished Gaza Strip to allow in aid
convoys, a Palestinian official said.
Some 110 trucks are scheduled to enter into Gaza
through Kerem Shalom crossing, laden with aid of international organizations and
frozen meat, herbs, fruits and children diapers imported by private companies,
said Deputy Minister of Economy Nasser al-Saraj. Full story
Hamas slams Abbas for excluding
non-PLO prisoners from aid
March 4 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Hamas movement on Wednesday slammed President
Mahmoud Abbas for excluding from fiscal aid prisoners affiliated to Palestinian
groups out of the umbrella of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
Abbas has decided to install an urgent payment for
prisoners held by Israel, excluding the detainees whose factions are not
represented under the PLO, an umbrella organization established in 1964
encompassing eight different groups. Full story
Hamas outlining views for next unity
GAZA, March 4
(Xinhua) -- The Islamic Hamas movement said on Wednesday it started outlining
its views on controversial issues to be ready for another round of talks with
rival Fatah movement.
Late last month, Egypt succeeded in sponsoring the
first session of reconciliation talks between Hamas and Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah.Full story
Clinton highlights two-state solution
in first Mideast foray
March 3 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday
asked Israeli officials that the U.S. administration is committed to
establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
The United States "will be vigorously engaged in the pursuit of a two-state
solution... The inevitability of working toward a two-state solution is
inescapable," said Clinton at a joint press conference with Israeli Foreign
Minister Tzipi Livni. Full story
Israel's Netanyahu says find common
ground with Clinton
JERUSALEM, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime
Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he found "common ground"
with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in achieving the "common
goals" of both countries.
While details of their meeting were still unknown,
the chairman of the center-right Likud party and leader of the right-wing bloc
said his conversation with Clinton "was deep, important and good." Full story
News Analysis: Billions USD donations
give hope for Gaza, work remains tough
CAIRO, March 3 (Xinhua) -- International donors have
pledged 4.481 billion U.S. dollars of donation to shore up the reconstruction of
the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian economic recovery, building hope for ending
the Palestinian tragedy, but numerous difficulties make the task still a tough
"It's beyond of our expectations," chairing Egypt's
Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said at a press briefing following the Gaza
aid conference held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on
Monday. Full story
Hamas: Clinton's visit to the region
GAZA. March 3 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Resistance Movement
(Hamas) on Tuesday said the first visit of Hillary Clinton to the region as a
U.S. Secretary of State was disappointing.
In her meetings with the Israeli leaders, Clinton
said the new U.S. administration will be committed to Israel's security and to
settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution. Full story ¡¡