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Italy vows to stand by Palestinians
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Italy vows to stand by Palestinians

Jul 2 2013, 9:18pm CDT | by

Rome, July 3 (IANS/AKI) Italy would support the Palestinian people in their bid for statehood, President Enrico Letta has said.

Rome, July 3 (IANS/AKI) Italy would support the Palestinian people in their bid for statehood, President Enrico Letta has said. "I repeated to President (Mahmoud) Abbas a concept that I firmly...

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Italy vows to stand by Palestinians

Jul 2 2013, 9:18pm CDT | by

Rome, July 3 (IANS/AKI) Italy would support the Palestinian people in their bid for statehood, President Enrico Letta has said.

Rome, July 3 (IANS/AKI) Italy would support the Palestinian people in their bid for statehood, President Enrico Letta has said.

"I repeated to President (Mahmoud) Abbas a concept that I firmly believe in - that Italy will never abandon the Palestinian people," Letta said after a meeting with Abbas in the West Bank.

Letta also stressed the longstanding ties that bound Italy to the Palestinians.

"The historic ties between our peoples have existed for a very long time and they are relations I am happy to strengthen with this visit," he said.

Italy will hold bilateral talks for the first time in Ramallah later this year and has opened an office of Italy's foreign trade institute there, he said.

Letta said that during his meeting with Abbas, he stressed Italy's support for efforts being made by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Abbas to get the stalled peace talks moving.

"Italy is putting all its efforts into ensuring that the peace process goes in the right direction," Letta said.

He said he told Abbas that Italy and other European nations were "firmly convinced" that the two sides should not miss the latest chance to achieve peace.

"It really could be the last major opportunity," Letta said.

Abbas said Palestinians were eager to get back to the negotiating table as soon as possible and termed as "constructive" Kerry's recent diplomatic drive to achieve direct talks.

"We don't need a tent to meet Benjamin Netanyahu," Abbas said. "There is no reason why we can't meet in my home." he said, in reference to comments made by Netanyahu.

Netanyahu earlier said ahead of a meeting with Letta in Jerusalem: "I am ready to enter the peace tent with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and stay there until the white smoke rises."

Peace negotiations collapsed in 2010 in a dispute over Israel's construction of Jewish settlements on West Bank land the Palestinians want for a state.

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Salvaging Abbas

Jul 29 2014 10:02am CDT | Source: Council on Foreign Relations

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IDF Video Proves Israeli Mortar at Gaza School Did Not Kill 16 People

Jul 27 2014 7:57pm CDT | Source: Big Government

The Israeli army has provided proof that while an IDF mortar did indeed hit a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school in Beit Hanoun in Gaza, it did not kill 16 people as much of the world's media has reported. The video below reveals how a stray round hit the school's courtyard, but also proves that there were no people in the immediate area. The issue has been a key point raised by anti-Israel ...
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Israel: Hamas Continues To Utilize Human Shields As Israeli Cabinet Rejects Kerry Proposals

Jul 25 2014 1:29pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Israel’s 35th soldier was killed in Gaza after a militant fired a rocket on his position from a highly populated civilian area. Hamas has continuously throughout Operation Protective Edge utilized civilians and crowded areas as human shields so they could launch their attacks under protected conditions. Israel’s security cabinet met Friday to discuss the terms of a one-week ceasefire proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry ...
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John Kerry Drafts Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Proposal

Jul 25 2014 10:03am CDT | Source: Big Government

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has drafted his own ceasefire proposal between Israel and Hamas, and has presented it to both sides in the conflict, according to a senior Israeli official. The official told Haaretz that Kerry presented his 3-point proposal to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday. It contains the following principles for a truce agreement: 1. Agreeing to a one-week ceasefire while the IDF w ...
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Gaza Death Toll Soars Past 800

Jul 25 2014 4:55am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. With Israel and Hamas-led Islamist fighters setting seemingly irre ...
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Western Media Has It Wrong: Israel Is Fighting a Just War in Gaza

Jul 22 2014 6:25pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Imagine terrorists targeting Miami. Now think of thousands of missiles raining down on Miami and neighboring cities every year -- for more than a decade. What would America do? Is there the slightest doubt that the President would order a strike to destroy the missiles? Absolutely not. One missile hitting the homeland would rightly spark an overwhelming American military response. Yet this is the reality that Israel faces every day -- contrary to the proliferation of anti-Israel media reports ...
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UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon Blames Israel and 'Occupation' for Ongoing Conflict

Jul 22 2014 12:17pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Ban Ki-Moon, secretary-general of the virulently anti-Israel United Nations, came to Israel to push for a ceasefire with Hamas. Ban Ki-Moon told Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, "I appreciate Israel's security concerns. You need to protect your people from rockets and I strongly condemn the rocket fire. But your military response is causing many civilian casualties. I hope we will be able to see the end of thi ...
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Benjamin Netanyahu To John Kerry: 'This is Not Vietnam'

Jul 22 2014 5:29am CDT | Source: Big Government

Secretary of State John Kerry had numerous conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and other Israeli and Palestinian officials about the violence erupting in Gaza. The New Republic describes those meetings and one conversation in particular between Kerry and Netanyahu. The prime minister opened the meeting by playing Kerry a video on one of his favorite topics: Palestinia ...
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US Envoy Calls for Abbas to Rule Gaza; Conditions Support for Israel on Limiting Casualties

Jul 20 2014 8:41pm CDT | Source: Big Government

The United States Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, told Israeli TV Saturday night that his country will work to restore Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority to power in Gaza after Israel’s current military operation against Hamas is successfully completed.  Appearing on Israel’s popular Saturday night program ‘Channel 2 News’, Shapiro said “At the end of this conflict, we’ll seek to help the moderate elements among the Palestinia ...
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Gaza Attack: At Least 40 Palestinians Killed By Israeli Shelling On Sunday, Hospital Says

Jul 20 2014 4:09am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 20 (Reuters) - At least 40 Palestinians were killed on Sunday by Israeli shelling in a Gaza neighborhood, where bodies were strewn in the street and thousands fled toward a hospital packed with wounded, witnesses and health officials said. The mass casualties in the Shejaia district in northeast Gaza were the heaviest since Israel launched its offensive on the ...
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