Saturday, January 29, 2005

Sharon-Abbas Summit

The Jerusalem Post reports that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will hold their first summit during the second week of February. Link.

Talks are slated to begin later Saturday in a meeting between Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and former PA security minister and senior Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan.

In another step toward a truce with the Palestinians, Mofaz is to discuss with Dahlan a PA request for security control over certain West Bank towns.(...)

In a major policy reversal in the Gaza Strip after more than four years of fighting, IDF Chief of General Staff Moshe Ya'alon ordered the army on Friday to reduce offensive operations in Gaza to a minimum in order to enable PA forces to carry out their mission.

The IDF will reportedly halt all offensive missions in areas where Palestinian policemen have deployed to prevent the launchings of Kassam rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel and Gaza settlements

The death of Yasser Arafat does not guarantee peace in the Middle East, but, combined with the fall of Saddam, it sure has increased the odds.


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