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November 15, 2005

Forward Movement on Recognition of Palestinian Sovereignty

After marathon talks, some agreements were reached by representatives of the Palestinian Authority and Israeli government. I'm always intrigued that more is accomplished by talks that last all night than in the normal routine of stopping to sleep.

Six things were agreed to - Palestinian control of a crossing between Rafah and Egypt, construction of a Palestinian seaport in Gaza, negotiating to begin construction of a Palestinian airport, regular bus caravans between the West Bank and Gaza, expansion of crossing of people and cargo between Gaza, West Bank, and Israel, and obstacles to movement within the West Bank will be removed.

Its not the greatest thing in the world. Palestinian statehood should be immediately recognized; the Israel army should stop carrying out military operations within Palestine; Israel settlers should cease construction in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and should get out of those Palestinian lands immediately; and the entire world should recognize Palestinian politicians as important to the peace process as anyone from Israel.

More info:
"Rice declares deal reached between P.A and Israel on the Rafah Terminal," by Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies

"Israel is pushing the Palestinians into Civil War, Abbas says," by Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies

"Joint Press Availability With European Union High Representative Javier Solana and Quartet Special Envoy Jim Wolfensohn," US State Department

Posted by cj at November 15, 2005 6:57 PM


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