Archive for the ‘Abbas’ Category

Russia to supply Abbas with armored vehicles, no guns

March 21, 2008

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – After months of delay, Russia agreed to Israeli conditions regarding the delivery of armored vehicles to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas‘s security forces, Israeli officials said on Friday.

Israel agreed in November to allow the Palestinians to receive up to 50 lightly armored vehicles but a dispute emerged over a Palestinian demand that they have guns mounted on them.

Israeli officials said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during a meeting on Thursday that Russia agreed to shipping the vehicles without mounted guns.

It was unclear when the vehicles would be delivered to Abbas’s forces.

“We have been hearing about these armed vehicles for more than a year,” said a Palestinian security official. “Hopefully we will be able to receive the shipment.”

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Bush meets with Israeli, Palestinian

November 27, 2007

By Jon Ward and David R. Sands
The Washington Times
November 27, 2007

President Bush met separately yesterday with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in preparation for direct talks between the two leaders today in Annapolis and said that a deal would require “difficult compromises.”

The peace summit, named the Annapolis Conference, is being billed as a starting point for renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority, with the goal being a permanent Palestinian state.

Mr. Bush told Mr. Olmert that he was “optimistic” about the conference, but took no questions before either Oval Office meeting early yesterday and offered no details about his conversations with either Mr. Olmert or Mr. Abbas.

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