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Obama to focus on Middle East, meeting leaders at UN
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Obama to focus on Middle East, meeting leaders at UN

Sep 20 2013, 6:00pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, Sep 21 (IANS) US President Barack Obama is to meet Palestinian, Nigerian and Lebanese leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week, the White House said Friday, adding the focus of his address to the assembly will be on the Middle East.

Washington, Sep 21 — US President Barack Obama is to meet Palestinian, Nigerian and Lebanese leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week, the White House said Friday, adding the...

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Obama to focus on Middle East, meeting leaders at UN

Sep 20 2013, 6:00pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, Sep 21 (IANS) US President Barack Obama is to meet Palestinian, Nigerian and Lebanese leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week, the White House said Friday, adding the focus of his address to the assembly will be on the Middle East.

Washington, Sep 21 — US President Barack Obama is to meet Palestinian, Nigerian and Lebanese leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week, the White House said Friday, adding the focus of his address to the assembly will be on the Middle East.

Besides his meetings with a number of global leaders, Obama will also urge the international society to stand strongly against the use of chemical weapons, calling on the Security Council to adopt a resolution on Syrian chemical weapons, Xinhua reported.

According to White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, President Obama will talk in New York Tuesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the recently relaunched peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

The president will meet with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Monday and with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman separately Tuesday to discuss the influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon, Rhodes said in a preview of Obama's UN trip.

The US president is to focus his address to the General Assembly on the Middle East and North Africa, laying out the US approach and policy forward, the White House official added.

The White House also said Obama would talk about the Middle East peace process and the Iran nuclear issue, adding that he would urge a peaceful resolution to the nuclear issue through diplomacy.

Rhodes said the administration believes there was a window of opportunity to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue diplomatically, but warned that recent willingness displayed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was not enough.

Earlier in the day, Josh Earnest, deputy White House spokesman, said US officials "have had a number of engagements with the Iranians and we'll continue to have conversations on the basis of mutual respect".

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Salvaging Abbas

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

Almost from the start of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the commentariat has been seized with the idea of "empowering [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas" as the only way out of the recurrent vi ...
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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 activists and politicians in recent days ...
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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. The cabinet reportedly unanimously rejected the ...
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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 t ...
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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 irreconcilable terms for a truce that mediators hope will begin by a Muslim festival n ...
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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 ...
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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 this violence as soon as possible."  Ya’alon responded with an o ...
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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: Palestinian incitement. It showed Palestinian chi ...
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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 Palestinians to become stronger in Gaza.” “They might”, he continued ...
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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 Palestinian territory on July 8 after c ...
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