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IAEA Expected to Condemn Iran for Hiding Nuclear Secrets
By Melanie Sully (VOA-Vienna)
The International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to condemn Iran for hiding its
nuclear secrets and to warn Tehran it will not tolerate further violations of Iran's
international obligations. The IAEA board of governors reconvenes Wednesday to conclude a
debate on Iran's nuclear program. The United States now supports a draft resolution
sponsored by key European countries that strongly criticizes two decades of deception by
Iran in covering up its nuclear activities. A senior Western diplomat, who did not want to
be named, said the resolution "puts Iran on notice that the international community will
not accept or tolerate repeated violations in the future".
Talks Between Israel, Palestinian Leaders Face Obstacles
By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraelNationalNews.com
Preparations for a summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his
Palestinian counterpart, Ahmed Qureia, are being stymied by demands and reticence from
both sides. Qureia says he is ready to meet with Sharon, but only if Israel is ready to
take tough action, including a halt to construction of the controversial security barrier
being built around and through the West Bank.
Qureia says he wants any meeting to have positive results, and that he wants Israel to
take concrete actions in other areas, such as a halt to settlement activity and an end to
travel restrictions on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Sharon has already said he will not accept preconditions for any talks, and reportedly
told members of his Likud Party on Monday that if Qureia wants to meet, that's fine, if
not, so be it. Sharon has said that if efforts to organize peace talks fail, Israel might
implement some unilateral peace moves. So far, he has not provided details, but media
reports say steps could include removing some isolated Jewish settlements and drawing up a
Sharon's statement drew a sharp rebuke from Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, who said
it shows the Israeli Prime Minister is not serious about implementing the road map peace
plan. Israeli settlers and some right wing lawmakers are reported to be drawing up their
own initiative, which does not include a Palestinian state as outlined in the road map,
but would instead grant Palestinians administrative autonomy under Israeli rule.
And in other news, the future of Yesha - Judea, Samaria and Gaza - is on the line, as
evidenced by several developing news stories Tuesday. For one thing, Sharon refused to
promise not to uproot Yesha communities in the framework of unilateral gestures towards
Despite massive criticism from his Likud MKs during the party's weekly faction meeting
Monday, Sharon said that it is in Israel's interest to take unilateral steps if the
negotiations with the PA "meet up with a dead end." Education Minister Limor Livnat asked
if these gestures include the uprooting of Jewish towns; Sharon did not answer, saying
only that it's obvious that in the end, we will not be in all the places we are now. He
said that he is still committed to the Road Map, which calls for a PA state.
Swiss Gov´t Funding Beilin Plan, Buying Coverage of Ceremony
An investigative report has uncovered direct Swiss government funding of Yossi Beilin's
'Geneva Initiative' as well as a suspicious subsidy offered to journalists willing to
cover the 'Oslo-style' ceremony in Geneva.
The Tel Aviv office of Beilin's Geneva Initiative, claiming private Jewish contributors
financed the do-it-yourself accord, has issued numerous statements. However, an
investigative report by David Bedein, Bureau Chief of the Israel Resource News Agency, has
exposed that funding of the wildcat initiative came directly from the Swiss government.
Bedein has also discovered that the Swiss government is covering travel costs for
journalists, in an attempt to increase media coverage of the 'Oslo Accords-style' ceremony
to take place in Geneva.
Bedein reported that one of the architects of the Geneva Initiative, Dr. Stephen Cohen,
stated that the financier of the Geneva Initiative was the Swiss government, addressing a
conference of the extreme-left Brit Tzedek V'Shalom organization in Boston on Nov. 19.
Cohen described himself as a paid advisor to the State Department and replied to a
question from the audience that knew of no major Jewish contributors to the Geneva
On Monday, the Geneva Initiative organizers made an offer to fly journalists to cover the event in Geneva on a subsidized round-trip chartered flight for only $150. $800 is the average price for round-trip tickets to Geneva. The spokesperson for the Geneva Initiative told reporters that the flights were subsidized by the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Geneva-based Non-Governmental organization (www.hdcentre.org).
When asked if the Swiss Government financed this Center, the Geneva Initiative
Spokesperson said that she did not know. Bedein contacted the CHD's office in the
Palestinian Authority, but they were unaware of any involvement with the journalists'
flight arrangements. Later, the spokesperson said, "Yes, it is the Swiss government that
is subsidizing the flight for journalists."
Bedein commented that, "It seems highly unusual for a foreign government to finance the
events and activities of another government's non-parliamentary opposition, but it is even
more unusual for a foreign government to pay for reporters to cover such an event. So much
for the notion that private Jewish contributors are behind the Beilin Geneva Initiative."
Former President Jimmy Carter will be taking part in next week's Geneva Agreement
signing ceremony in Switzerland "Swissinfo" online reported. Carter is quoted as saying
the new agreement will revitalize the Road Map process. And former President Bill Clinton
has indicated he is contemplating becoming a signatory of the Geneva Agreement. According
to a Channel 1 TV News report, Swiss government officials are contemplating sending a
private plane to bring the former U.S. leader to the Geneva signing ceremony.
Netanyahu's Vision: Eilat-Ashdod Bridge
Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told cabinet ministers, Sunday, that he intends to
submit a plan for a massive 'land-bridge' to the government for its approval. The proposed
project would create a bridge from the Gulf of Eilat to the ports of Haifa and Ashdod.
According to Netanyahu, the Americans embraced the idea during his visit to Washington
last week, where he received many enthusiastic responses. The 'land-bridge,' said the
Finance Minister, will contribute greatly to development and stability in the region.
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