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Ban: Palestinians must unite.

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Summary: <p>Palestinians must be able to show a united front to help revive Middle East peace talks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-Moon (bän kē-mn), 1944–, South Korean diplomat, secretary-general of the United Nations (2007–), b. Chungju, grad. Seoul National Univ. (B.S.  said at a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the UN's headquarters in Vienna on Friday.Aa"It will be crucially important that the Palestinian peoples For other uses of "Palestinian", see Definitions of Palestine and Palestinian.

Palestinian people (Arabic: الشعب الفلسطيني,
 are united among themselves and should be able to carry on these negotiations," he told a news conference in Vienna.

Palestinians must be able to show a united front to help revive Middle East peace talks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the UN's headquarters in Vienna on Friday.Aa"It will be crucially important that the Palestinian peoples are united among themselves and should be able to carry on these negotiations," he told a news conference in Vienna.Aa

Ban said that while a seven-year-old Arab League Arab League, popular name for the League of Arab States, formed in 1945 in an attempt to give political expression to the Arab nations.  peace initiative provided a cornerstone for negotiations, "at the same time we also value C* bilateral negotiations between Israel and Palestinian authorities Palestinian Authority (PA) or Palestinian National Authority, interim self-government body responsible for areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip under Palestinian control. ."

Hamas and Fatah have been holding Egyptian-brokered talks for months aimed at resolving their long-standing disputes and paving the way for elections next year, but the talks have shown no sign of progress.

Ban said he had high hopes for US President Barack Obama's approach in pushing forward with the peace process. "We will see some positive results coming from the American administration's direct engagement in the Middle East," he said.

Obama's administration is pressing Arab governments for positive gestures toward Israel if it freezes Jewish settlement building on occupied land. Washington hopes this will lead to regional peace talks but Arab states are cool to the idea.Aa

Arab leaders say they remain committed to the Arab Peace Initiative The Arab Peace Initiative (Arabic Language: مبادرة السلام العربية) is a peace initiative first proposed by Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, then crown prince, in the Beirut , endorsed at a 2002 Arab League summit, offering Israel recognition in return for withdrawal from all lands Israel occupied in the 1967 war, creation of a Palestinian state The Palestinian state (Arabic (دولة فلسطين) is a proposed country. The proposed location includes the Gaza Strip and the autonomously controlled areas of the West Bank, currently controlled by the Palestinian National  and a "just" solution for Palestinian refugees The of this article or section may be compromised by "weasel words".
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Successive Israeli governments have rejected or ignored the offer, saying the return of refugees to areas now inside Israel would destroy the Jewish character of the state.Aa

Separately on Friday, Iran warned the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  to shift from its previous policies on the Middle East conflict.Aa

"We warn the US government and [President Barack] Obama not to fall into the trap laid by former US politicians on the issue of Palestine," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency Fars News Agency (FNA) is an Iranian news agency. It was officially launched in Tehran in February 2002 to "promote the principles of the Islamic Revolution and safeguard national interests". .Aa

"The US government should know the new Middle East peace plan cannot ignore Palestinians' rights and that this plan does not secure the least of Palestinians' demands," he said.Aa

Mottaki also insisted that Iran's national interests were tied up with "obtaining Palestinians' rights."Aa

Iran does not recognize Israel and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's frequent verbal attacks on the Jewish state have ratcheted up tension between the two over the past four years.Aa

The Islamic Republic An Islamic republic, in its modern context, has come to mean several different things, some contradictory to others. Theoretically, to many religious leaders, it is a state under a particular theocratic form of government advocated by some Muslim religious leaders in the Middle  is also a staunch supporter of Palestinian resistance groups and the Lebanese Hizbullah.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abu al-Gheit for his part said on Friday that his country wants Tel Aviv Tel Aviv (tĕl əvēv`), city (1994 pop. 355,200), W central Israel, on the Mediterranean Sea. Oficially named Tel Aviv–Jaffa, it is Israel's commercial, financial, communications, and cultural center and the core of its largest  to freeze settlements before any resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.Aa

"We have to receive an indication that Israel is ready to apply a very strict moratorium for an extended period of time on not building settlements as to cope with the idea of having a time frame for the negotiations," he said. "If the Israelis say we will have a moratorium for six months, then the timeframe for negotiations has also to be for six months," said Abu al-Gheit, who is currently visiting Sweden. "It has to be a synchronized syn·chro·nize  
v. syn·chro·nized, syn·chro·niz·ing, syn·chro·niz·es

1. To occur at the same time; be simultaneous.

2. To operate in unison.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a total freeze on all settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem East Jerusalem refers to the part of Jerusalem captured by Jordan in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and subsequently by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. It includes Jerusalem's Old City and some of the holiest sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, such as the Temple Mount, Western  ahead of the renewal of peace talks, insisting on the need to guarantee "normal life" in settlements which are home to 500,000 Israelis.Aa

The Palestinians condition the return to the negotiating table on a full Israeli construction freeze in occupied territory Territory under the authority and effective control of a belligerent armed force. The term is not applicable to territory being administered pursuant to peace terms, treaty, or other agreement, express or implied, with the civil authority of the territory. See also civil affairs agreement.  where they wish to build their future state. With the international community backing the US demand, the Israeli prime minister finds himself trying to placate pla·cate  
tr.v. pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing, pla·cates
To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease. See Synonyms at pacify.
 intense diplomatic pressure while keeping together his right-leaning coalition government.Aa

Netanyahu has insisted in recent days that the heart of the decades-old conflict was not the settlements, but rather the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.Aa

The Egyptian foreign minister underlined that there could be no progress in talks without a synchronized moratorium. He said: "If there would not be a conclusion of an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, the Israelis would start again building settlements claiming that the Palestinians have to accept to continue negotiating."Aa

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt Nils Daniel Carl Bildt , KCMG (born July 15, 1949) is a Swedish politician and diplomat, currently serving as Minister for Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of Fredrik Reinfeldt. , when asked if a partial freeze on settlement would be accepted by the European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the

European Community
, took a guarded stand. "The important thing is to get the talks started," said Bildt, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union. "We're in contact with different parties of this difficult dialogue and see how it proceeds in the next few weeks. It can't go on forever. There are difficult issues and there is no agreement." -- Reuters, AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol.  Aa


Four percent of Israelis think Obama is pro-israel


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Only four percent of Jewish Israelis believe US President Barack Obama's policies are pro-Israel and 50 percent oppose a temporary freeze of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, a poll out on Friday showed.Aa

The survey showed 51 percent considered Obama's administration more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israeli, as compared with 50 percent in June, the Jerusalem Post said.Aa

The percentage of Jewish Israelis who consider Obama as pro-Israel was down to four percent from six percent in the June 19 poll. By comparison, 88 percent of those interviewed for the June survey thought former US president George W. Bush was pro-Israel.Aa

Obama has pressed Israel to freeze settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, causing friction with the close US ally. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted natural growth makes a total halt of housing construction in settlements impossible.Aa

The issue of settlements, which the international community considers illegal, is seen as one of the major hurdles in Middle East peace efforts.Aa

Asked whether they would support a one-year freeze, which has been raised as part of efforts to push forward the hobbled peace process with the Palestinians, 50 percent of the opinion poll's respondents said no and 41 percent said yes.Aa

The Smith Research poll was conducted this week among 500 Jewish Israelis. -- AFP

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