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WAR: Sharon and Abbas Say They're Ready to Meet

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posted on Nov, 28 2004 @ 04:50 AM
In separate interviews, both Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas have both indicated a willingness to have a face to face summit meeting. This may the first in a series of signs that the stalled Middle East peace process may be starting to move forward again.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in an interview published on Sunday that he was ready to meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and try to coordinate a Gaza pullout with a new Palestinian government.

In a separate interview also with Newsweek magazine, Abbas said he too was ready for a summit with Sharon, but after the Jan. 9 elections in the Palestinian territories in which he is a leading candidate to replace Yasser Arafat as president.

"When they would like to meet, we will meet," Sharon said, when asked whether he was ready to meet with Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen.

Abbas, responding to a similar question, said that "after the elections, I'm ready to meet at any time with Sharon

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Both leaders are facing pressure from with their own groups. In addition, world nations are starting to bring pressure on both sides to restart the peace process. Sharon who had refused to even consider Arafat now has no excuse but to resume steps towards peace. The Palestinian Authority, now has the potential to elect the interim leader, Abbas, who will have greater support world wide and a less aggressive stance than Arafat. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds. I am leery however. Sharon’s government is tenuous, and it seems in Israeli politics, whenever we get close to peace, the government dissolves and we go back to square one.

[edit on 28-11-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Nov, 28 2004 @ 03:02 PM
Well, listening to the news today, journalists in Israel and Palestine say that there is an air of hope and anticipation that hasn't been felt there in years. So we'll see.

One possible fly in the ointment: Israel is asking that Arafat's birthplace be changed on official records to reflect that he had been born somewhere else than Jerusalem.

Wouldn't it be great, though, to see the violence end in that region. Let's hope.

posted on Nov, 28 2004 @ 03:36 PM
Perhaps we should leave this two countries to settle their differences on their own without outside intervention.

And for the death certificate of Arafat I agree it should have his rightful birth place he was born in Cairo.

Now we can not ignore that not matter how dreadful and bad he was he is still seen by his followers as their true leader, and offending his death will not play right on the people that think of him as an idol.


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