An Event and a Regional Event

An Air Raid on Children

The Israeli continuous massacre against Gaza reached anew climax through condensed air raids at night and targeting a group of children while sanctions tighten the grip around a million and a half Palestinians and the Israeli operations escalate against resistance activists.
In this climate, statements issued by Mahmud Abbas accused Palestinian factions of direct connections to al-Qaeda. Palestinian sources considered Abbas’s statements as a cover for Israel’s crimes and collective punishment saying they take place in the eve of the anticipated visit of the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to the area. Abbas hopes getting Rice’s support in demanding practical steps from Israel that secure even if a formal presence in the crossings for the authority’s organs.
The Israeli discussions continue while Palestinians bleed. A number of Israeli analysts said negotiations with Hamas are better than the military operations, which did not lead to any results for 40 years.

An Event and a Lebanese Trend

Lebanese press described today the internal political atmospheres in Lebanon as quiet after the retreat of the contests that resulted from the failure of the four-sided meeting:
- 1. A new French movement, which confirms the decision of the French foreign ministry to explore the horizons of work again according to previous press information, which said that Sarkozy’s administration will work this time in the climate of the Arab initiative. French officials also contacted some of the opposition’s sides while officials in the French foreign ministry said it is necessary to activate dialogue with Syria. The visit of director of the Middle East Department to Hezbollah is a good sign in this respect.
- 2. The appearance of some European stands that reflect precaution from accompanying the US campaign on Syria and the opposition starting off from the UNIFIL issue and the sensitivity of the Lebanese internal condition ad its reflections on the interests of the European states.
- 3. Anticipating the results of the Arab communications concerning Damascus’s summit and building calculations on this topic starting off from the Saudi frank trend to exert pressures on Syria to force it to interfere in Lebanon to serve loyalists’ interests.
- 4. Press leaks from various sources indicate that Syria is determined to hold the summit without any conditions related to the Lebanese topic. Observers anticipate accelerating the endeavors to secure the participation of some reserved governments starting off from the appearance of some stands that do not respond to the Saudi calls to boycott Syria due to the distinguished relations with Syria that may lead to mediation in his respect.
- 5. The continuity of the local discussions, which are motivated by leaking the proceedings of the four-sided meeting at the Parliament. The loyalists continued their campaign against general Oun in the aftermath of Al-Hariri’s and Amine Gemayel’s rejection of the item of completing the return of the displaced and adopting the law of the provinces for the year 1960 in thee electoral constituencies’ divisions.

Arab and International Press

The Syrian daily Tichrin said Israel’s goals run counter to Arab interests and this does not need evidences.
The Emirate paper al-Khalij said in its editorial that the game of biting fingers still fascinates some Lebanese sides in the opposition and the majority but Lebanon suffers from this.
Al-Bayan said in its editorial that the Turkish military operation in north Iraq continues and expands in the area and fighting became fierce and it is not clear when it will stop.
The Saudi paper Al-Watan said the German interior minister’s call for all the European papers to publish the offensive cartoons that insult prophet Mohamed will raise anger in the Arab and Islamic world.
The Los Angeles Times said that Morocco is still shocked after discovering an arsenal and arresting 35 suspects who were preparing for aggressions inside the country.

Satellite Stations’ News

The Syrian satellite station said that president Bashar al-Assad discussed with crown price of Qatar bilateral relations and joint projects.

Satellite Stations’ Interviews

Al-Alam
News Covering
Iranian foreign minister Manushaher Mutaqqi said the report of the international atomic energy agency on Iran’s nuclear program proves that the Security Council’s previous resolutions lack any legal justification and are politicized.

Lebanese Press

An-Nahar said the retreat of the campaigns and contests in the last two days seemed as a reflection of the pledges of the opposition and the majority at the four-sided meeting.
As-Safir said Gaza Strip seemed yesterday as a pool of blood in the aftermath of the violent Israeli air raids and the threats to eliminate Hamas’s leaders.
Al-Akhbar said sectarian tension dominates Kuwait in the aftermath of the government’s campaign on the participants in Emad Mugniyeh’s commemoration that resulted in arresting 1500 persons.

Television Stations’ News in Lebanon

Al-Manar said nothing is new in the political horizon concerning the Lebanese crisis after Amer Musa announced the Lebanese sides’ inability to achieve progress.
The NTV said the Arabs prolonged the Lebanese crisis in order to use it as a weapon to target the Arab summit.
The NBN said the Arab sides coordinate with the loyalists to obstruct Damascus summit.
The OTV said there is a fierce Saudi-Syrian war behind the curtains.
The LBC said the country entered the coma of stagnation.
The Future said the March 14 forces prepare for moving to a new stage of political organization.

Television Stations’ Interviews in Lebanon

NBN
Former premier Saleem al-Hoss said our land is not occupied, what is occupied is our will and Lebanon’s strategic size is exposed to foreign interventions.

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