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Today’s News and Views About Israel

CBC News Now: Carole McNeil/Susan Bonner: "Middle East peace" (1/09/2010)
“Peace talks have not yet begun, but there’s already been an attempt to sabotage them. Hamas says it killed 4 Israeli settlers in the West Bank last night and it appears some Israelis have retaliated with an attack on a Palestinian home. Susan Bonner is covering the story for us she’s in Washington.”
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CBC Power and Politics: Evan Solomon: "Free Start for Mideast Peace Talks" (1/09/2010)
"Conservative commentator David Frum and liberal pundit Tim Fernhol discuss the current state of Mideast peace talks and the end of US combat operations in Iraq."
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CTV News Channel: Michael Bell, fmr. ambassador, "Obama administrations doesn’t believe Mideast peace talks will be successful" (1/09/2010)
“A former Canadian ambassador to Israel and Egypt says the Obama administration doesn’t believe they can produce successful peace talks between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The administration is aware that the odds are stacked against them.”
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CTV News Channel: U.S. President Barack Obama, "New peace talks allow lasting change" (1/09/2010)
“U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that Israel and Palestine will resume talks after two years of disputes and differences between the two sides. He says the new peace talks will allow lasting change and a chance for both states to fulfill their aspirations and live in dignity.”
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National Post: Jonathan Kay: "Death in Hebron, hope in Washington" (1/09/2010)
“On Tuesday, Hamas gunmen killed four Israeli settlers – including a pregnant woman – at a road junction near the West Bank city of Hebron. It was a vile act, committed by terrorists whose plainly stated goal is to scuttle any hope of peace between Jews and Palestinians. Yet the circumstances surrounding the tragedy also suggest there is hope for progress in this week’s peace talks in Washington between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas.”
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24 Hours: Reuters: "Hamas praises shooting deaths" (1/09/2010)
“Four Israeli civilians in a car were shot dead in the West Bank on Tuesday on the eve of a US sponsored Middle East peace summit in Washington.”

Toronto Star: Robert Burns: "Obama hosts Mideast leaders to begin peace talks" (1/09/2010)
"President Barack Obama opened a new round of Mideast peacemaking Wednesday, bringing Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the White House for talks aimed at forging agreement within one year on a two-state solution: a sovereign Palestine and a secure Israel."
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Ottawa Citizen: McClatchy News: "On eve of peace talks, Israelis, Palestinians agree only to meet" (1/09/2010)
"Israeli and Palestinian leaders will sit down at the State Department on Thursday for the first Middle East peace talks in 20 months, with almost nothing agreed on beyond the meeting itself and widespread doubt in the region that peace is anywhere close at hand."
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Metro News Toronto: AP: "US launching Mideast talks" (1/09/2010)
“After months of shuttle diplomacy, the Obama administration is set to plunge into a new round of Mideast peacemaking, bringing Israeli and Palestinian leaders together for face-to-face talks for the first time in nearly two years.”
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Vancouver Sun: Jonathan Manthorpe: "Ban Ki-moon condemns "cynical" murder of Israelis" (1/09/2010)
“The United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon today denounced the murder of four Israeli settlers in the West Bank as “a cynical and blatant” attempt to derail peace talks between the leaders of Palestine and Israel due to start on Thursday.”
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Embassy Magazine: Staff: Talking Points (1/09/2010)
“Palestinian group loses QC appeal The Court of Appeal in Quebec has upheld a ruling that a lawsuit pitting a Palestinian group against two Montreal companies must be heard in Israel, the CBC reported. On Aug. 12, the Court ruled that two developers building condominiums in the West Bank did not violate international law. The lawsuit went to Quebec on the notion that Israel would not hear the case as it has not ratified the convention that would make the settlement illegal. The Quebec court ruled there was not sufficient evidence to prove Israel would not hear the case.”

Canadian Jewish News: Janice Arnold: "Support growing for axed radio music host" (1/09/2010)
“The Israeli consulate has joined the thousands of fans calling for the return of Dan Behrman’s music show on Radio-Canada. After six years, Behrman’s program on the Espace Musique network was suddenly taken off the air in June sparking an unusually passionate and sustained protest from listeners.”

National Post: Eytan Dishy (letter to the editor) "Mideast dreaming" (1/09/2010)
"This column was plagued with misinformation. The Palestinian Authority’s policing in the West Bank is an utter joke, a silly show to appease the international community. Unless Hamas has dropped its jihadist ideals overnight and amended the introduction to its charter stating: "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it," I hardly believe that Hamas is ready to start singing Kumbaya with the Jews. The drop in Isreali causalities has been for two plain and simple reasons: The disputed security fence and Israeli raids on terror cells in the West Bank. Mr. Indyk also criticizes settlements and hopes that Mahmoud Abbas will have the courage to make peace. How long will Americans go on believing this rubbish?"

Globe and Mail: Amy Verner: "Krav Maga teaches you to kick butt like an Israeli soldier" (1/09/2010)
"Krav Maga (Hebrew for “contact combat”) was introduced in Czechoslovakia nearly 80 years ago by Imre Lichtenfeld as a way for the Jewish people of Bratislava to protect themselves against anti-Semitic groups. After the state of Israel was established in 1948, he began instructing the Israeli Defence Forces and gradually, the training spilled over into the realm of law enforcement." "Bollywood plans Jesus biopic" (1/09/2010)
“South Indian director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and producer Konda Krishnam Raju have announced they will make a $30-million US feature about the early life of Jesus of Nazareth. The movie, announced Tuesday in Jerusalem, will be shot in Israel and the Palestinian Territories over the next few months.”

Toronto Sun: Reuters: "US adds Pakistan Taliban to terror list" (1/09/2010)
“There are 46 groups on the U.S. list of “foreign terrorist organizations,” including al Qaeda and the Palestinian group Hamas. Designations need to be renewed every two years.”

Halifax Herald: Alex Wilner: "Turning al-Qaida into heretical thugs" (1/09/2010)
"To call this terror "homegrown" is not to suggest it has no foreign entanglements. Al-Qaida, Hezbollah and the Tamil Tigers have long relied on diaspora communities for support. And while Westerners have also travelled overseas to join such organizations, these groups increasingly now recruit young Westerners, train them abroad, then send them home to wreak havoc."


         Today’s News and Views About Israel Evans/AP: "U.S. ‘unwavering’ in support of Israel: Obama" (1/09/2010)
The White House is calling on Israeli and Palestinian officials to keep working toward "a just and lasting peace" after a shooting in the West Bank on Tuesday left four Israeli settlers dead. The Israelis were shot dead Tuesday evening while travelling in a vehicle near the West Bank city of Hebron.”
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CBC News Network: Carole McNeil/Margaret Evans: "West Bank funeral" (1/09/2010)
“"Hundreds of people gathered in the West Bank today for the funeral of four ISraelis who were shot dead in Hebron. Hamas says it’s behind yesterday’s attack, Hamas is the government of Gaza. It happened after dark on a busy highway used by both Palestinians and Jewish settlers. Israeli security forces worked with the Palestinian Authority to quickly round up about 150 members of the group."
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CBC News Now: Carole McNeil/Susan Bonner: "Peace talks under attack" (1/09/2010)
“The latest Middle East peace talks begin tomorrow and there’s already been an attempt to sabotage them as we reported yesterday afternoon, Hamas says it killed four Israeli settlers in the West Bank last night, one of them pregnant and also is promising more attacks. Israelis have retaliatated there was an attack on a Palestinian home, but the Israeli authorities stopped the settlers before they could do any serious damage.”
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CTV National News: Paul Workman "on the Mideast peace talks" (1/09/2010)
“The latest round of Middle East peace talks have begun in Washington, D.C. U.S. President Barack Obama met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. The real talks, though, begin Thursday with face-to-face negotiations.”


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