Abbas in Cairo to discuss Palestine situation

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (R) meets with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, Egypt, in this file photo taken on December 11, 2017. (REUTERS)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Abbas in Cairo to discuss Palestine situation

  • The media is full of rumors and test articles to gauge reactions from the public and officials, and no one knows what is true

CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Cairo yesterday for an official visit to meet with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
The Ambassador of Palestine in Cairo and Permanent Representative to the League of Arab States Diab Al-Louh told Arab News that Abbas will also participate in the Extraordinary Session of the Council of the Arab League on Sunday to discuss the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Arab League said in a statement that there were important developments regarding media reports about the so-called “deal of the century,” and it was these developments that made the Palestinian side call for an emergency meeting of foreign ministers.
Ambassador Hossam Zaki, assistant secretary general of the League of Arab States said in a press statement that the whole situation is not a reassuring one, despite what the media says. He said that the “deal of the century” is worrying and will not be positive, balanced or considerate of the Palestinian rights
“Our information and our understanding is that there is a desire by President ‘Abu Mazen’ to put the issue back on the table for the ministers, which the Palestinians considers extremely important,” he said.

‘Deal of the century’
“The session also serves as a platform for exposing the so-called deal of the century to the world and mobilizing the Arab position in the face of these developments.”
As for how the League of Arab States will deal with the “Deal of the Century,” Zaki said “I do not think anyone has accurate information about what will be put forward; everyone is playing the guessing game.
The media is full of rumors and test articles to gauge reactions from the public and officials, and no one knows what is true.”
Tarek Said, an expert on the Palestinian issue, told Arab News that the emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers will have a great impact on what is raised about the deal of the century, especially in light of serious international variables related to the Palestinian issue.
While the US promotes its plan for peace in the Middle East or the so called “deal of the century,” the Arabs will be supported by the calls from senior European officials to refrain from supporting the plan if it does not respect the principle of a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israelis.”


Israel braces for more wildfires as temperatures spike

Updated 24 May 2019
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Israel braces for more wildfires as temperatures spike

  • Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes on Thursday as fires raged
  • The fires were fueled by high temperatures and dry condition

JERUSALEM: Israel is bracing for renewed wildfires amid a major heat wave that shows no signs of abating.
Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes on Thursday as fires raged, fueled by high temperatures and dry conditions.
The EU ambassador, Emanuele Giaufret, said Israel had asked for international help to combat the fires, and aid was arriving on Friday from Cyprus and Italy.
Plumes of smoke rose from hillsides in the country’s center and south as firefighters worked into the early hours to control the blaze.
The cause of the blaze remains unclear, but it erupted following the Jewish festival of Lag Ba’Omer, which observers mark with bonfires.
A sweltering heat wave is pushing temperatures in parts of the country up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, or 43 Celsius.