An Event and a Regional Trend

The pledges that the Israeli occupation authorities forced members of Al-Aqsa battalions and the released prisoners to sign in return for stopping chasing or arresting and killing them reveal the reality of what Israel tries to impose in the occupied lands.
In these atmospheres, the press circles posed questions on the return of secretary of the Democratic Front for the liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Nayef Hawatmeh to the West Bank, and on the front’s bias to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in his battle against Hamas, although Hawatmeh is known recently for his moderate stands towards the different Palestinian factions.
Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation authorities continue the assassination operations against resistance men from all the factions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while Fatah is witnessesing a conflict between Abu Mazen / Salam Fayyad team and a group of Fatah’s historic leaders, including Hani Al-Hassan, at a time when the destiny of the resistance factions from Fatah bases, which played a distinguished role in confronting the Israeli occupation, is jeopardized.

An Event and a Lebanese Trend

The results of the La Celle Saint-Cloud (Paris) Meeting deepened the stagnation of the political crisis in Lebanon despite the optimistic tone of the French mediator, who said that the opposition and the loyals have agreed on continuing communication. Analysts and observers recorded three distinguished features in the results of the meeting:
- 1. Establishing official relations between Hezbollah and France through the meetings between the party’s delegation and high-ranking French officials in the French foreign ministry.
- 2. The continuity of the French political steps, which strengthen France’s new political position in the area and Lebanon through playing as a mediator between the opposition and the loyals without bias, contrary to the previous French administration. This new stand requires, on the part of France, dealing with the US pressures that prevent France from being open to Damascus and cooperate with it in the regions’ hot files.
- 3. The appearance of new beginnings for a qualitative movement in the parliamentary and political positions and stands through the Tripoli bloc’s declaration of its withdrawal from the alliance of the Parliamentary majority. This development is nominated to be an ice ball that may result in a new map for the Parliament, which coprises three major blocs: the Loyal, the opposition and the moderates, in the light of information which said a good number of the majority’s representatives are studying seriously after Tripoli bloc’s step, moving to a new bloc that occupies a place between the loyals and the opposition.

Arab and International Press

Agence France Presse quoted a US military official as saying that the majority of the foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq are Saudis, not Syrians or Iranians.
Arab and International Press said the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas canceled the heritage of Fatah movement as the oldest liberation movement in the area through neutralizing it from resisting occupation.
Arab Press quoted an Israeli security source as saying that Tel Aviv allowed the return of head of the democratic movement for the liberation of Palestine Nayef Hawatmeh to the West Bank to attend the PLO’s central council’s meeting in Ramallah, which is scheduled to be held next Wednesday.
Arab and International Press Agencies said tens of Sudanese refugees have demonstrated before the headquarters of the Israeli government in occupied Jerusalem to protest against the possibility of expelling them from Israel.
The Emirate paper Al-Khaleej said, in its editorial, that the Iraqi prime minister said the truth when he announced that the Iraqi forces can handle the security file.
Arab and International Press said the representatives of 18 states and international organizations have started, in Tripoli in Libya, a conference on the Sudanese region Darfur, pointing out the conference aims at laying the foundation of peace in this region.
Arab and International News Agencies said some members of the Palestinian national council said president Abbas told them that Syria, Qatar and Iran knew about the road-side bombs that Hamas planted on the road that he takes to Gaza to assassinate him.

Lebanese Press

Ad-Diyar said the Paris conference has revealed a French- Iranian trend to reach a truce in Lebanon that may allow holding presidential elections. The paper quoted informed sources as saying that the French government is aware that the Lebanese file is caught between the regional files in the Middle East.
Al-Akhbar said that French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner stressed that the Paris dialogue meeting among Lebanese sides did not fail, but it did not achieve a victory either.
Lebanese newspapers quoted French Defense Minister Hervé Morin as saying during visiting the French battalion in Lebanon that his country will always support the legitimate Lebanese government, pointing out that France informed Al-Siniora about its complete support to his government.
Lebanese Press said representative of the Lebanese house speaker in the Paris meeting stressed, during the conference, the necessity of forming a unity government that represents a safety network to coming merits.

Arab Satellite Stations’ Interviews

Program : A News Report
Head of the national council for television and Radio news in Lebanon Abdul Hadi Mahfouz said the entrance of Zionist press to Beirut affects Lebanese security ;considering it as a step towards press normalization with the Zionist enemy.
Press Relations Official in Hezbollah Hussein Rahal said the entrance of the Zionist female journalist to Lebanon is a violation of the principle of boycotting the Israeli entity.

Lebanese television Stations News

Al-Manar wondered if the Paris meeting ended as it began or if the French policy achieved a breakthrough?
The NTV said the most important result of the Paris meeting is the Lebanese personalities’ agreement on continuing dialogue in Lebanon.
For its part, the NBN said the conference resumed its meetings in Paris far from the media.
The LBC wondered if Bernard Kouchner has failed in his efforts like Amr Moussa, while the Future TV quoted the French foreign minister as saying that the ball is in the Lebanese court now.

Television Interviews in Lebanon

Program: The Event’s Background
Representative Hussein Haj Hassan (Hezbollah) said there was comfortable atmospheres in the Paris meetings.
Representative Antoine Zahra (Kataeb) told the same program that the Lebanese army is not arming itself.
Dr. Daoud Khairallah said to the same program that the international Tribunal is a part of the war of the resolution 1559 that Israel set its goals.