An Event and a Regional Trend

Israeli Preparations and Egyptian Measures

The aggression on Gaza continues and more Palestinians die and the invasion that Olmert warned of is under preparations and may start at any moment:
- 1. The Israeli press discusses the issue of Gaza and analysts talked about the benefit of invading Gaza. Some talked about the circumstances that forced Ariel Sharon to make the decision of withdrawal form Gaza due to his inability to stop resistance. The analysts talked about the population density and the small geographical spot and the Palestinian people standard of living.
- 2. Despite these debates, it seems that the decision of the massacre is serious and it is a matter of timing. Some think a comprehensive invasion will take place while some Israeli experts told the press that they prefer delaying the invasion until after celebrating the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Israel, Bush’s visit and Sharm esh-Sheik’s summit.
- 3. The Egyptian official behavior reveals a tendency to boycott Hamas and the resistance factions. Egypt tightened measures on the borders with Gaza after the government’s cruel answer concerning Hamas’s threats to violate the borders if Israel attacks Gaza. The Egyptian authorities pledged to the US and Israel not to allow the repetition of what happened during the last holocaust in Gaza.

An Event and a Lebanese Trend

The Anniversary of the War and the Continuous Crises

Political circles anticipate the Arab tour of the house speaker. Press information said the date that the house speaker demanded form Saudi Arabia is not set yet. The information said Riyadh wants to know the content of the house speaker’s meeting with president Bashar al-Assad but it seems that the atmospheres of Cairo and Riyadh are not encouraging due to the continuity of the political escalation contrary to Damascus’s atmospheres.
On the other hand, the campaign against the house speaker retreated and some loyalists’ welcome of Berri’s initiative forced al-Siniora to depend on the proposal to elect the president immediately which was announced by former minister Franjiyeh and which was adopted by the house speaker to prove again that the opposition wants the solution of the crisis.
- 1. The interactions of the disappearance of Zuher al-Siddiq continues and the story of the Kuwaiti paper al-Siyasah did not offer an evidence that he is still alive anywhere. Analysts said the French answers are contradictory and confused.
- 2. The issue of releasing the four arrested officers will change into a public opinion issue. A number of personalities asked the Lebanese judiciary to solve this file.
- 3. A team of loyal analysts talk about an attempt to deconstruct the political alliance among the opposition’s alliance and resorting to a parliamentary majority that supports the election of the president and drops the rest of the Arab initiative’s items.
- 4. The political and press circles will commemorate the anniversary of the Lebanese civil war in order to generalize the civic peace and reject internal conflict.
- 5. The economic crisis burdens the Lebanese and the prices doubled in the last three months.

Arab and International Press

The Emirate paper al-Khalij it seems that the US is determined to implement the strategy of perpetuating the occupation of Iraq.
The Syrian daily Tichrin said there is a consensus among the majority of the US administration’s members concerning the occupation of Iraq.
The Israeli reserve major general Ellan Beran said there is a possibility for the eruption of war in the area if Israel does not adopt deterring means to deal with threats.
Syrian minister of defense Hassan Turkmani said Israel anti-peace policy requires keeping the option of resistance and confronting occupation.
Al-Bayan said food became an international crisis.

Satellite Stations’ Interviews

The ANB
Program: Contests
The Syrian ambassador to London Sami al-Khemi said there are voices in Israel which say that Israel started to face dangers after July War.

Satellite Stations’ News

The Syrian satellite station said the Israeli occupation forces killed six Palestinians in Gaza.

Lebanese Press

Ad-Diyar said the house speaker asked for an appointment with Saudi Arabia, but Riyadh set as a condition knowing the content of his meeting with president Bashar al-Assad.
Al-Akhbar said the current government is involved in corruption and this is clear in the valley of Abu Jameel.
As-Safir said tomorrow will mark the anniversary of the Lebanese civil war saying the Lebanese hate this anniversary but it does no leave the calendar.

Television Stations’ News in Lebanon

Al-Manar said there is nothing new in the blocked political horizon.
The NTV said with the approach of the civil war anniversary the Lebanese restores the scene of weapons with politics.
The NBN said the campaigns continue against the house speaker but he is determined to continue his endeavors.
The OTV said the anniversary of the civil war raises the fears from repeating it.
The LBC said nothing in the horizon suggests that there will be a solution for the crisis.
The Future said the prime minister prepares for a tour that may cover the Arab Maghreb’s states to explain the Lebanese stand and seek the support of Arab states.

Television Stations’ Interviews in Lebanon

Al-Manar
Program: The Hour’s Talk
The minister Naji al-Bustani said the French government is responsible for the disappearance of al-Siddiq.
Husam Husam said al-Siddiq is under the protection of Bander Ben Sultan.
The brother of Zuher al-Siddiq Emad said the family accuses the French authorities of hiding his brother.
The French writer Thierry Meyssan said focusing on the truth is no longer a priority in Lebanon.
The lawyer Mohamed Ameen Al-Daouk wondered why the features of the crime were changed.

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