Ashton and Blair proposed to Israel, the release of Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Saadat

February 1, 2012

وكالة فلسطين اليوم – أشتون وبلير اقترحا على “إسرائيل” إطلاق سراح البرغوثي و سعدات( Ashton and Blair proposed to Israel, the release of Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Saadat #Israel — @ChallahHuAkbar February 1, 2012 via

European diplomatic sources revealed to the newspaper “Life” of London, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the European Union, Catherine Ashton and Special Envoy for the «Quartet» Tony Blair proposed to the “Israel” to «incentives» for the Palestinians to return to negotiations for a period of two months. وذكرت المصادر ان آشتون بحثت الموضوع مع الرئيس محمود عباس في لقائهما الأخير في عمان، كما بحث بلير، الذي يزور القدس حالياً، الأمر مع رئيس الوزراء الصهيوني بنيامين نتانياهو وعدد من المسؤولين في حكومته. The sources said that Ashton discussed the issue with President Mahmoud Abbas at their recent meeting in Amman, also discussed Blair, who is visiting Jerusalem, currently, is with the Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials in his government. وتضمنت الاقتراحات اطلاق سراح معتقلين وتحويل مناطق جديدة في الضفة الغربية من الادارة الاسرائيلية الى إدارة السلطة الفلسطينية. Suggestions included the release of detainees and the transfer of new areas in the West Bank from Israeli administration to the Palestinian Authority administration. وتضمنت الاقتراحات «معايير الاسرى» الذين سيطلق سراحهم، منها «الاسرى القادة» مثل عضو اللجنة المركزية لحركة «فتح» مروان البرغوثي والأمين العام لـ»الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين» أحمد سعدات. Suggestions included «standards prisoners» who would be released, including the «prisoner leaders», such as a member of the Central Committee of the movement «open» Marwan Barghouthi, the Secretary-General »Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine» Ahmed Saadat. ومنها أيضا إطلاق سراح الاسرى المعتقلين منذ ما قبل «اتفاق اوسلو» وعددهم 123، أو الاسرى الذين تبقى على نهاية فترات حكمهم سبع سنوات فما دون وعددهم 700 أسير. And also of the release of prisoners detained since before the «Oslo» and the number 123, or prisoners who remain at the end of their sentences of seven years or less and the 700 prisoners. وشملت الإقتراحات أيضاً السماح للسلطة الفلسطينية بحفر آبار مياه في المنطقة «ج» الخاضعة للسيطرة الامنية والمدنية الاسرائيلية، والتي تشكل 60 في المئة من مساحة الضفة. Suggestions also included to allow the Palestinian Authority, digging water wells in the region «c» under the control of Israeli security and civil, which constitute 60 percent of the West. وتضمنت كذلك نقل أجزاء من المنطقة «ج» الى السيطرة الفلسطينية، وأجزاء أخرى من المنطقة «ب» الى المنطقة «أ» الخاضعة للسلطة من الناحيتين الامنية والمدنية. And also included the transfer of parts of the region «c» to Palestinian control, and other parts of the region «B» to the region «a» under the authority of both security and civil rights. وتخضع المنطقة «ب» للسيطرة الامنية الاسرائيلية والسيطرة المدنية الفلسطينية وتشكل 17 في المئة من مساحة الضفة. Subject area and «b» Israeli security control and Palestinian civilian control and constitute 17 percent of the West. اما المنطقة «أ» فتشكل 13 في المئة. The region «a» constitute 13 percent. بينما تشكل المنطقة «ج» الغالبية العظمى من أراضي الضفة (حوالى 60 في المئة) While the region is «c» the vast majority of the West (about 60 percent) لكن المصادر ذكرت ان إحتمال موافقة “اسرائيل” على هذه الاقتراحات ما زال ضعيفاً بسبب إقتصارها على المطالبة بتمديد المفاوضات لمدة شهرين. But the sources said that the probability of approval of “Israel” on these proposals is still weak because of the claim limited to the extension of the negotiations for two months. ولفتت الى إن فرصة موافقة “إسرائيل” مرتبطة بفترة المفاوضات، معتبرة أن فترة شهرين إضافيين من المفاوضات لا تشكل حافزاً قوياً لـ “إسرائيل” للموافقة عليها They noted that the opportunity to consent “Israel” related to the period of negotiations, arguing that the period of two months of negotiations does not constitute a strong incentive for “Israel” for approval (

no… don’t touch it…. it’s evil!


Allied military intervention in Libya has commenced

March 19, 2011

Reports are coming in that French jets have fired the first shots in the UN-supported intervention in Libya. The coming conflict will determine, in the short term, whether the Gaddafi regime is toppled and, in the longer term, whether the international community rediscovers its appetite for intervention which had been so diminished by the controversies over Iraq and the difficulties of the Afghan mission.
That there is intervention at all in Libya is down in no small part to David Cameron and William Hague. Hague played a key role in ensuring that Arab countries were prepared to commit to putting planes in the air in this operation, something that was crucial to moving the vacillating Obama off the fence. Indeed, I am told by British government sources that two to four Arab nations will now take part. By moving the American position, Cameron and Hague have demonstrated—as Blair did over Kosovo—that despite being the junior partner in the special relationship, Britain can, with bold leadership, nudge Washington into changing policy. 
Hague was also key to keeping the Lebanese on board when the resolution proposing a no fly zone became a more robust one promising all necessary means. It is worth noting that the resolution does not rule out ground forces. What it does rule out is an occupying force but that is distinct from the use of ground forces for a specific tactical objective.
The Libyan crisis has shown why an EU foreign policy is such a risible idea, EU members very rarely take the same position on a matter as demonstrated by the German abstention in the Security Council and the failure of the EU to back a no fly zone. All of which, makes it rather odd that Cathy Ashton, the EU’s ineffective foreign policy commissioner, attended today’s Paris summit.

I’m not sure this is a good thing. If Europe wants to be so involved then let them take care of it. There is no signal yet that the rebels want to be friendly with America