Israel News | Zionism Israel Center | Zionism History | Zionism Definitions | ZioNation | Forum | Zionism FAQ | Maps| Edit

Friday, March 9, 2007

Great Expectations, but not for Abbas-Olmert Summit

Another meeting just to prove the futility of such meetings?

Mixed expectations regarding the Abbas-Olmert meeting on Sunday
Date: 09 / 03 / 2007  Time:  16:07

Ramallah - Ma'an - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert are to meet on Sunday, the head of the negotiation affairs department in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, confirmed on Friday.

However, Israeli sources have played down the importance of the meeting, saying that the only subject that might seriously be discussed is the subject of the captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, and the number of Palestinian prisoners that Israel might agree to be released in a prisoners' exchange deal under Egyptian mediation.

Erekat said in a media statement on Friday that the meeting with Olmert has an open agenda, including humanitarian and economic issues, in addition to the issue of the prisoners, the abducted Palestinian ministers and the siege. He stressed that Israel must "end the unjust siege imposed on our people".

Olmert's spokeswoman, Miri Eisin, has said, however, that the final touches regarding the details of the meeting are still not completed. Officials in Olmert's office told the Israeli newspaper 'Yedioth Ahronot' on Friday, "the meeting with Abbas is empty of hope, the ceiling of expectations is low and the summit is going to take place only to please the Americans."

Officials said that in the meeting on Sunday, Olmert will demand that Abbas provides clarifications concerning the US $100 million in Palestinian taxes that Israel released to him earlier in the current year.

Abbas is also expected to try to convince Olmert to lessen his opposition to the Palestinian unity government. Olmert has previously vowed to boycott a unity government that includes Hamas members, even if headed by Abbas, as long as the government fails to acknowledge Israel's right to exist, reject violence or accept the previous peace agreements.

Abbas is also expected to raise the possibility of expanding the fragile truce agreement to include the West Bank as well as the Gaza Strip. Some Palestinian factions oppose the expansion of the truce, and Israeli officials say that they will not discuss this agreement until the Palestinians stop launching projectiles from the Gaza Strip.

Copyright - Original materials copyright (c) by the authors. Originally posted at Please do link to these articles, quote from them and forward them by email to friends with this notice. Other uses require written permission of the author.


Post a Comment

<< Home

Subscribe to
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by

Feedblitz subcription
To this Blog only

You can receive our articles by e-mail. For a free subscription, please enter your e-mail address:

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Web Logs & Sites

This Site

Zionism & Israel
Zionation Web Log
IMO Web Log (Dutch)

ZI Group
Zionism-Israel Pages
Israël-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Israƫl in de Media
MidEastWeb Middle East News and Views
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log

Brave Zionism
Israel: Like this, as if
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog

Friends and Partners
EinNews Israel
Israel Facts
Israel Proud Adam Holland
Middle East Analysis
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Middle East Analysis
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israel Facts (NL)
Cynthia's Israel Adventure
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Meretz USA Weblog
Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers
Simply Jews
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
Sharona's Week
Z-Word Blog
Jewish State
Take A Pen - Israel Advocacy
Zionism on the Web
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Southern Wolf
Peace With Realism
Sanda's Place
Liberal for Israel
Realistic Dove
Blue Truth
Point of no Return
Christians Standing With Israel
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog

Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Middle East Encyclopedia
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism & the creation of Israel
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Christian Zionism Resources
Christian Zionism
Albert Einstein
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Zionist Quotes
Six Day War
Jew Hatred
Learn Hebrew
Arab-Israeli Conflict
International Zionism

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Israel Boycott
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War
Boycott Israel?
Dutch Newspaper Reporting: A Study of NRC Handelsblad
Hamas (Dutch)
Dries van Agt (Dutch)
Isfake lobby

At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum

Judaica & Israel Gifts
Jewish Gifts: Judaica:
Ahava Products

Powered by Blogger

Subscribe to
Posts [Atom]

RSS V 1.0

International Affairs Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory