By Eric Fingerhut
January 21, 2009
WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama told Ehud Olmert and three other Middle East leaders he is determined to stop Hamas from smuggling arms.
According to a statement from White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, the new president placed phone calls Wednesday morning to Olmert, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and King Adullah of Jordan.
The statement said that Obama “emphasized his determination to work to help consolidate the cease-fire by establishing an effective anti-smuggling regime to prevent Hamas from rearming, and facilitating in partnership with the Palestinian Authority a major reconstruction effort for Palestinians in Gaza.”
Waqf Minister: Israel used Gaza invasion as chance to confiscate West Bank lands
Date: 20 / 01 / 2009 Time: 13:42
Jerusalem – Ma’an – Land confiscations in the West Bank are continuing, said Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs Jamal Bawatneh, and soon there will be no land to hold a Palestinian state.
via Maan News Agency.
h/t: Shadi Fadda
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