Iran's Crises Unfolded  
Friday 1 July 2022


* Missed messages on Iran  Robert Kagan

* Envoy Condemns US Officials' Irresponsible Comments on Iran  News Report

* 'Israel will be destroyed if it attacks Iran'  News Report

* Warning of long war if Israel attacks Iran  News Report

* Iran unlikely to halt nuclear program, secret letters show  News Report

* Iran denies Ahmadi-Nejad was attacked  News Report

* Sanctions set stage for a new push on Iran  News Report

* اطلاعیۀ آیت الله منتطری دربارۀ حرام بودن مقاومت در برابر رأی مردم  Ali Behrooz

* لیست اسامی با حروف فارسی، تا تاریخ 08/09/08  Ali Behrooz

* War of words, or words of war  Ali Behrooz

* Could Israel use submarines against Iran?  News Report

* Iran deplores UAE claim on 3 islands  News Report

* 'Iran will respond to any attack'  News Report

* Carter to meet Hamas leadership in Cairo  News Report

* No Peace Without Hamas  News Report

* Ahmadinejad again voices Sept. 11 doubts  News Report

* Clinton, Obama tackle Iran issue in debate  News Report

* Bomb kills at least 9 in Iran mosque  News Report

* Iran demands Israel stop force threats  News Report

* Ahmadinejad to dismiss 2 cabinet ministers in Iran  News Report

* Iran: Naval encounter routine check  News Report

* Tony Blair's Palestine  News Report

* Clinton attacks Obama and McCain over Iraq  News Report

* Reza Pahlavi: Leadership for Democracy in Iran  News Report

* Petraeus: Return to 'pre-surge' troop levels, then wait  News Report

* Blast rocks US complex in Sanaa  News Report

* Clashes in Nile Delta after strike aborted  News Report

* When a great power goes mad  News Report

* Iranians defy censor with bootleg DVDs  News Report

* Putin says Iran is no threat  News Report

* Creating a US-Iran Bridge  News Report

* Court removes PKK from terror funds list  News Report

* 12 militants wanted by Israel flee Palestinian jail in West Bank after fight  News Report

* Limiting Tehran’s Influence?  Ali Behrooz

* UAE detains ship as grip on Tehran tightens  News Report

* Iranian critic not guilty of espionage  News Report

* Israelis and Palestinians pledge to reach peace pact by end of 2008  News Report

* Conference in Qom focuses on Iran-US challenges  News Report

* FM spokesman: Iran's plan on Iraq not put for voting  News Report

* Iran's top dissident cleric calls for U.S. talks  News Report

* Islamic militants take fight against Musharraf to 'Pakistan's Switzerland'  News Report

* 'Desperate' Musharraf declares martial law  News Report

* US Sanctions on Iran Leave Europeans in a Quandary  Sir Cyril Townsend

* After Thamilselvan  News Report

* Analysis: Is Abbas playing his cards right ahead of ME summit?  News Report

* Bahrain accuses Iran of nuclear weapons lie  News Report

* Senior Tamil Tiger leader killed  News Report

* US declares PKK 'a common enemy'  News Report

* Iran urged to join Gulf nuclear deal  News Report

* Iran's leaders need enemies like Bush, and at every turn he obliges them  News Report

* Giuliani hits Democrats on Iran  News Report

* Iran: We have no information on Arad  News Report

* Clinton hails US move on Iran  News Report

* Israel to prepare for potential missile attack  News Report

* US First Lady in Kuwait  News Report

* Rice: Mideast solution in jeopardy  News Report

* Kurdish fighters defy the world from mountain fortress as bombing begins  News Report

* Protesters confront Condoleezza Rice as she testifies on Middle East  News Report

* Showdown With Iran  News Report

* U.S. outlines Baghdad security handover plan  News Report

* Poll shows global opposition to Iran - and U.S.  News Report

* Iraq promises Turkey it will curb Kurdish rebels  News Report

* Big shoes to fill  News Report

* LUKOIL says halts Iran oil project on US sanctions  News Report

* Three soldiers killed in Darfur camp attack - UN  News Report

* There's a better - and cheaper - way that Washington can help Lebanon  News Report

* Lebanese patience for Nahr al-Bared displaced wears thin  News Report

* Iran, Syria urge diplomatic means instead of military incursion into Iraq  News Report

* Talabani refuses to deliver PKK leaders to Turkey amid protests against incursion  News Report

* Turkey vows to defeat PKK rebels  News Report

* Iran N-case on Olmert's Paris agenda  News Report

* Motaki (FM): US in No Position to Attack Iran  News Report

* We will fight to the death, Kurdish rebel leader vows from his hideout  News Report

* Deaths And Hostages In Border Clash  News Report

* Flash News: Kurdish separatistand 12 Turkish soldiers killed  News Report

* IRGC Commander:Aggressions to Be Reciprocated with a Rain of Rockets  News Report

* 2 leaders back Blair as European Union president  News Report

* Babacan stresses dialogue as key to solving Lebanese crisis  News Report

* Jordan hopes for positive outcome of Annapolis meeting  News Report

* Iran's nuclear negotiator resigns  News Report

* Larijani Resigns  Ali Behrooz

* NATO says shipment of roadside bombs was 'from Iran'  News Report

* Israel impeding effort to clear cluster bombs  News Report

* Bhutto defiant over bomb attack  News Report

* Democrats' stance on Iran criticized  News Report

* Top Palestinian negotiator may resign  News Report

* UN condemns killing of its truck drivers in Darfur  News Report

* Kurds sign oil deals beyond regional borders – former minister  News Report

* Jerusalem is ours, warns Likud  News Report

* Rice back in Israel after Egypt talks  News Report

* Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane workers in southern Iran go on strike  News Report

* Ahmadinejad: Caspian states to form economic cooperation organization  News Report

* Putin lands in Iran for nuke talks  News Report

* Mideast Conference and the Illusive Peace  News Report

* Coalition of the Reluctant  News Report

* World bank neglects African farming, study says  News Report

* Putin dismisses threat of assassination in Iran  News Report

* Israel signals readiness to cede parts of Jerusalem to Palestinians  News Report

* Christiane Amanpour: 'People think I relax with a Kalashnikov - I don't'  News Report

* After honeymoon, Sarkozy method poses three risks  News Report

Analysis: Is Abbas playing his cards right ahead of ME summit?
[ News Report]  [2007-11-04 02:39:51]
[Source: Jerusalem Post - 03/11/07]

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to meet with Hamas representatives in the West Bank over the weekend had a two-fold purpose: to strengthen his standing ahead of the Annapolis peace conference and to drive a wedge between Hamas in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

By inviting four Hamas leaders to his office in the Mukata presidential compound, Abbas hoped to send the message that he remains the leader of all Palestinians, including those belonging to Hamas.

Abbas has been under heavy criticism from Hamas leaders and other Palestinians because of his decision to participate in the US-sponsored summit. Hamas leaders have questioned his right to speak on behalf of all Palestinians, especially those living in the Gaza Strip and the three million to four million Palestinians scattered throughout the world, saying he does not have a mandate to discuss explosive issues such as Jerusalem, refugees and borders.

The Palestinian media highlighted statements made at the meeting by Nasser Eddin al-Shaer, a former Hamas deputy prime minister, who said he and his colleagues considered Abbas the legitimate and unchallenged president of the Palestinians.

The second aim of the high-profile meeting, dividing Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, appears to have been partially successful. The meeting caught the Hamas leadership in Gaza and Damascus by surprise. Judging from the reactions of Hamas spokesmen in the Strip, it's evident that the talks left many Hamas leaders confused and embarrassed.

While some Hamas officials were quick to distance themselves from the four men who met with Abbas, explaining that the meeting had no political significance, others claimed that it was in the context of Hamas's declared policy of patching up differences with Abbas and his Fatah faction.

"The four Hamas representatives did not coordinate their moves with the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip," emphasized one Hamas spokesman in Gaza City.

"This meeting demonstrates Hamas's readiness to reunite the Palestinians in the face of growing challenges to the Palestinian cause," said another Hamas spokesman.

The encounter in Ramallah is seen as a severe blow to Hamas leaders who are strongly opposed to any form of dialogue with Abbas.

Just a few days ago at a Hamas rally in the Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, a senior Hamas official, Sheikh Nizar Rayan, declared that Hamas followers would pray in the Mukata security compound in Ramallah by next fall.

His remarks were taken seriously by Abbas and Fatah leaders in the West Bank, who saw them as a sign of Hamas's intention to stage a "coup" in the West Bank similar to that carried out in the Gaza Strip last June.

Rayan was the one who announced that Hamas supporters were planning to pray inside Abbas's compound in Gaza City, days before the Hamas takeover. As a commander of Hamas's military wing, he personally led the forces that captured Abbas's compound and other PA security installations in the Strip.

Rayan's threats have even drawn criticism from some Hamas leaders, who sought to reassure Abbas that their movement had no plans to overthrow his regime in the West Bank.

The four Hamas men who met with Abbas responded to Rayan's threats by holding a press conference in Ramallah where they distanced themselves from such remarks.

Regardless of Abbas's true intentions, it's possible that the talks were also aimed at sending a warning to the US and Israel that Abbas hasn't completely closed the door to reconciliation with Hamas.

The meeting, which came on the eve of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to Ramallah, may have been Abbas's way of pressuring the Americans and Israelis to hurry up and accept his conditions for attending the Annapolis gathering.


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