An Event and a Regional Trend

Bush and the map of the Financial and Israeli Tour

The tour of the US president George Bush in the area moves in accordance with a clear map drawn by his statements and the topics of his talks which are related to regional condition. The most important features of the tour are:
- 1. The Price of exaggerating the danger of Iran is reaped by Bush and his ally Sarkozy through arms deals and big profits for the American and French military complexes. Therefore, apart from the political and press function of the campaign against the Iranian nuclear project, an economic, financial and commercial function came to the forefront.
- 2. Bush’s main interest is marketing his demands concerning the Palestinian topic which focus on strangling Gaza Strip and the West Bank and adopting a political behavior for supporting the Israeli joint steps with Abbas to eliminate resistance and securing the Saudi-Egyptian commitment to stop any political endeavors to resume the Palestinian – Palestinian dialogue and activate Mecca agreement.
- 3. Bush exerts pressures on Arab governments to develop direct communications with Israel and give an opportunity for a military action against Palestinian resistance until next May. Washington tries to change the celebrations on the occasion of the 60th anniversary for the occupation of Palestine into a station for an Israeli Palestinian declaration of a draft agreement on the final condition with Israeli conditions. What Bush wants is completing the ring of diplomatic recognition of Israel.
- 4. The continuity of the bloodbath in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the continuity of the Israeli anticipation of the publication of Winograd’s reports’ main texts and the possible reactions that may result from this.

An Event and a Lebanese Trend

The Return of Moussa and the indicators of the political and living Conditions

Lebanon waits for the visit of the Arab league secretary general Amr Moussa which is scheduled for tomorrow amid a climate charged with events and developments that do not allow clear anticipations about the results of the new tour of Arab endeavors to solve the Lebanese crisis:
- 1. The rise of complaints in the street concerning the economic and living conditions and the emergence of unorganized protests against the crisis of bread and the fever of high prices. This may lead to consequences no one can control.
- 2. Saudi Arabia supported Amr Moussa’s return through facilitating the meeting between Saad al-Hariri and general Aoun despite the campaign of the loyalists who reject this meeting.
- 3. French foreign minister threatened to internationalize the presidential crisis in Lebanon if the Arab initiative fails.
- 4. Bush escalated his campaign against Syria and Hezbollah and Iran stressing the US support for al-Siniora.
- 5. Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak linked between the Syrian role in achieving progress in Lebanon and holding the Arab summit in Damascus, but Syrian foreign minister rejected this kind of bargain.
- 6. Saudi foreign minister called Syria to convince its allies in Lebanon to facilitate the Arab initiative.

Arab and International Press

Stephen Lee Meyers said in an article published in the New York Times that president Bush called his Gulf Allies to unite against Iran before it is too late. The New York Times said in its editorial that Iraq will remain a problem for Bush’s successor.
Yidiot Aharonot said that Gaza will remain a thorn in Israel’s throat.
Haaretz said that the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert did not take any practical step on the level of making peace with Palestinians.
The Emirate paper al-Khalij said the Israeli cheating in peace negotiations is an old Israeli strategy which started with the beginning of the occupation.
Al-Bayan said new signs for solving the issue of the Iranian nuclear file emerged when director of the international atomic energy agency Mohamed al-Baradi said Iran agreed to answer questions on previous secret nuclear activities.
The Syrian daily Tichrin said that Bush’s tour serves Israel’s interests.

Satellite Stations’ News

Syrian satellite station said that Tehran and the international atomic energy agency agreed to solve all the suspended issues concerning the Iranian nuclear program.

Satellite Stations’ Interviews

Syrian Satellite Station
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The researcher in the Institute of Political Studies Felis Panes said the US military bases in the Middle East aim at protecting Israel and controlling oil.
Professor of political sciences Mohamed al-Musfer said Bush practices international terror.
Professor of international relations Gorge Hajar said Bush lacks credibility and can not take any action against Iran.

Lebanese Press

Ad-Diyar said the syndicates in Lebanon may announce a strike due to the deterioration of economic conditions and the crisis of the loaf of bread.
Al-Akhbar said the high prices may lead to turmoil in Lebanon.
As-Safir said amid the tension caused by the statements of the US president George Bush, And the Saudi statements which are biased to one side, Amr Moussa will return tomorrow to Beirut to continue his difficult mission.

Television Stations’ News in Lebanon

Al-Manar wondered what Amr Moussa can do in the light of the loyalists’ insistence on obstructing the solution.
The NTV said Amr Moussa’s return to Lebanon coincides with the escalation of economic crisis.
The NBN said the ruling team is still rejecting partnership, which is the only way for solving the crisis.
The OTV said the general debts in Lebanon reached a huge number while the officials do not pay attention to their wrong calculations.
The LBC said there is a heated race between France and the US to sign contracts with states of the area.
The Future said French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner threatened to internationalize the Lebanese presidential file is the Arab initiative fails.

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