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Syria makes peace proposal to Israel (AP)

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, right, and Syria's President Bashar Assad walk together at the end of a summit in Damascus, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008. Sarkozy encouraged Syria to pursue face-to-face peace talks with Israel during his first trip to the Arab nation. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)AP - Syria's leader said Thursday he offered a proposal for peace with Israel but also refused to break off ties with Hezbollah and militant Palestinians a key Israeli demand.



Publ.Date : Thu, 04 Sep 2008 21:04:37 GMT

Police to advise Israel's Olmert be indicted-reports (Reuters)

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (R) listens to a student during a visit to a high school on the first day of school in the northern city of Nazareth September 1, 2008. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)Reuters - Police are likely to recommend on Sunday indicting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on corruption charges, Israeli media reported on Thursday.



Publ.Date : Thu, 04 Sep 2008 07:47:49 GMT

Blair to AP: West Bank downward spiral halted (AP)

Middle East Quartet envoy and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair tours an aluminum factory in Beit Iba near the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008. For the past year as international Mideast envoy, Blair has been trying to boost the Palestinian economy. In an interview, he acknowledges he's made little progress, but will not give up. 'I'm content to work on it as long as I can and as long as I'm useful,' he says.(AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)AP - Tony Blair toured a Palestinian aluminum factory and was told it runs at one-third capacity because of Israeli import restrictions. He promised he'll take it up with Israeli authorities.



Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 11:24:33 GMT

Israeli govt to debate compensation plan for West Bank settlers (AFP)

A Jewish settler hangs the Israeli flag on a pole over a vacated building in the Shdema Israeli army base in the West Bank town of Beit Sahur near the West Bank city of Jerusalem in August 2008. Israel's government will this weekend debate a plan to compensate West Bank settlers willing to leave their homes as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians, an official statement said Wednesdsay.(AFP/File/Musa al-Shaer)AFP - Israel's government will this weekend debate a plan to compensate West Bank settlers willing to leave their homes as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians, an official statement said Wednesdsay.



Publ.Date : Wed, 03 Sep 2008 22:59:06 GMT

Assad says "crucial" talks with Israel postponed (Reuters)

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during news conference at the end of the Damascus Summit September 4, 2008. (Jamal Saidi/Reuters)Reuters - Syria and Israel have postponed a crucial round of indirect peace talks due to the resignation of the chief Israeli negotiator, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday.



Publ.Date : Thu, 04 Sep 2008 14:08:38 GMT

Syria seeks French role in peace talks as Sarkozy visits (AFP)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reviews an honour guard with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy (R) in Damascus. Sarkozy held talks with Assad at the start of a two-day visit aimed at sealing a rapprochement and advancing Syria's peace talks with Israel.(AFP/Awad Awad)AFP - French President Nicolas Sarkozy held talks with Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad at the start of a two-day visit aimed at sealing a rapprochement and advancing Syria's peace talks with Israel.



Publ.Date : Wed, 03 Sep 2008 19:37:43 GMT

Police to decide on Olmert indictment 'in days' (AFP)

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert addresses the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem in late August 2008. Israeli police have said they will decide within days whether to recommend that Olmert be charged in several different cases of suspected graft.(AFP/Pool/File/David Silverman)AFP - Israeli police said on Thursday they will decide within days whether to recommend that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert be charged in several different cases of suspected graft.



Publ.Date : Thu, 04 Sep 2008 13:13:40 GMT

Abbas: reach peace agreement by year's end (AP)
AP - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged Friday to try to reach a final status peace agreement with Israel by the end of the year but he admitted the goal, set by U.S. President George W. Bush, might not be achieved.
Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 13:35:40 GMT

Israel court okays far-right demo in Arab town (AFP)

Israeli extreme right-wing activists from the Kach movement protest in central Jerusalem in July 2008. The Israeli High Court gave permission on Thursday for a demonstration by the far-right Jewish group to go ahead in an Arab town despite police objections on public order grounds, a judicial source said.(AFP/File/Gali Tibbon)AFP - The Israeli High Court gave permission on Thursday for a demonstration by a far-right Jewish group to go ahead in an Arab town despite police objections on public order grounds, a judicial source said.



Publ.Date : Thu, 04 Sep 2008 19:20:49 GMT

France gives boost to Israeli-Syrian talks (The Christian Science Monitor)

Indian flood-affected villagers are transported to safety following their rescue in an Army operation in Poornia district on September 4. Large swathes of the already impoverished state of Bihar were flooded after defences upstream in Nepal broke, shifting the flow of the Kosi river away from its normal course and onto farmland.(AFP/Diptendu Dutta)The Christian Science Monitor - While the prospect of Israeli-Syrian peace has been given a boost by French President Nicholas Sarkozy's visit to Damascus, any face to face dialogue between the two longtime enemies is likely to wait until new administrations are in place in both Jerusalem and Washington.



Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 08:00:00 GMT

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