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Posts Tagged ‘diplomatic’

Sen. McCain Urges US to Take Lead in Airstrikes Against Assad Regime

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Republican Senator and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain has called on the Obama administration to launch airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Senator McCain, the senior Republican member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that “[t]he only realistic way to [support Syria’s rebels] is with foreign airpower…The United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria, especially in the north, through airstrikes on Assad’s forces.”

McCain’s comments come as the US and its European and Arab partners continue to pressure newly-reelected Russia President Vladimir Putin to abandon Russia’s obstructionist position on Syria. Russia is a key player in the Syrian imbroglio, as Syria’s patron and main trading partner, and without its cooperation, the international community appears to be paralyzed in the face of the government repression that has led to the deaths of over 7,500 people. Hundreds of Syrian’s have also fled their homes to nearby Lebanon and Turkey, exacerbating a burgeoning humanitarian crisis.

The Senator’s position is also in stark contrast to the current policy of the Obama administration, which seeks to solve the year-old crisis through diplomatic isolation and a sanctions regime intended to prod Assad into stepping down. But Assad’s unrelenting, and even intensifying, crackdown on dissidents suggests that Assad will not abdicate his rule so easily.

Solomon Burke

UN Security Council Condemns Attacks on Israeli Diplomats

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The Security Council statement, read to the media, “condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in New Delhi, India, aimed at Israel’s diplomatic personnel, which resulted in injuries to diplomatic personnel and civilians, and the recent attempted terrorist attack in Tbilisi, Georgia.”

The Council also “reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”

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Obama Discusses Leaders He Considers Friends

Friday, February 10th, 2012

In an interview with Time Magazine, US President Barack Obama listed those foreign leaders that he considers friends and have helped him implement diplomatic initiatives.

“The friendships and the bonds of trust that I’ve been able to forge with a whole range of leaders is precisely, or is a big part of, what has allowed us to execute effective diplomacy,” said Obama.

The list included Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not mentioned.

“I think that if you ask them, Angela Merkel or Prime Minister Singh or President Lee or Prime Minister Erdogan or David Cameron would say, ‘We have a lot of trust and confidence in the President. We believe what he says. We believe that he’ll follow through on his commitments. We think he’s paying attention to our concerns and our interests,'” Obama added.

Jewish Press Staff

US Assesses Military Options For Syria

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

According to CNN’s “Security Clearance” blog, the Pentagon and the US Central Command have begun an internal review of U.S. military capabilities as they apply to Syria.

The report cited two senior administration officials, who emphasized that US policy for now is limited to diplomatic measures. “[A]bsolutely no decisions have been made on military support for Syria.”

 

Jewish Press Staff

Germany Raises Diplomatic Ties With PA/PLO

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Germany has just raised the level of representation of the PA/PLO delegation in Berlin to “Diplomatic Mission” headed by an Ambassador. This was announced Wednesday by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle while visiting in Ramallah. The change in diplomatic status may be related to Merkel’s several recent condemnations of Israel’s settlement policy.

France, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark and the UK have already elevated the PA/PLO delegations in their countries to “Diplomatic Missions”.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Iranian FM: Iran, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood In ‘Constant Contact’

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, in an interview with Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, said that Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood maintain a constant dialogue.

“Tehran is in constant contact with the Muslim Brotherhood,” Salehi was quoted as saying, adding that Iran is prepared to upgrade its diplomatic relations with Egypt to the ambassadorial level.

The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party was the big winner in last months parliamentary elections, garnering 47% of the seats in the People’s Assembly.

Diplomatic relations between Egypt and Iran were severed  in 1979, when Egypt signed the Camp David Accord with Israel and Iran experienced an Islamic revolution.

Jewish Press Staff

US Chief of Staff Says Military Attack on Iran ‘Premature’

Friday, January 27th, 2012

In a candid interview with the National Journal on Thursday, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey said that current US efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is effective, and that a military operation would be “premature”.

“I do think the path we’re on—the economic sanctions and the diplomatic pressure—does seem to me to be having an effect. I just think that its premature to be deciding that the economic and diplomatic approach is inadequate.”

Dempsey was speaking after his return from a visit to Israel, where he was reported to have cautioned against a military strike against Iran. “My intervention with them was not to try to persuade them to my thinking or allow them to persuade me to theirs, but rather to acknowledge the complexity and commit to seeking creative solutions, not simple solutions,” he said,

In the same interview, Dempsey said that he and his Israeli counterparts argued their positions “aggressively,”  but conceded that “We [the US] have to acknowledge that they … see that threat differently than we do. It’s existential to them.

 

Jewish Press Staff

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