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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Excerpts: Syrian opposition coalition to make Egypt headquarters. Finger prints requiredd of all KSA visitors. Peres accuses Iran and praises Egyptian Morsi. temporary hold on ground operation. Israel prefers diplomacy but ready 20 November 2012

Excerpts: Syrian opposition coalition to make Egypt headquarters. Finger
prints requiredd of all KSA visitors. Peres accuses Iran and praises
Egypt's Morsi. 'temporary hold' on ground operation.Israel prefers diplomacy
but ready 20 November 2012

+++SOURCE: Yahoo News via Egypt Daily News 20 Nov.’12:”Syria opposition to
make Cairo its HQ-Mena”, , by Reuters
CAIRO (Reuters) - Syria's new opposition coalition has decided to make Egypt
its headquarters, the president of the body was quoted as saying by Egypt's
official news agency on Monday[19 Nov.

SUBJECT: Syrian opposition coalition to make Egypt headquarters.

FULL TEXT:Mouaz Alkhatib, head of the Syrian National Coalition for
Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, was speaking after a meeting with
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr in Cairo.

"There is a decision by the coalition to make Egypt its main headquarters,"
the MENA news agency quoted him as saying.

A short statement released by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry after the
meeting made no reference to whether the new Syrian opposition body would
move to Cairo.

"The minister expressed Egypt's readiness to offer all means of assistance
to the Syrian coalition in the coming period," it said

+++SOURCE: Saudi Gazette 20 Nov.’12: “Fingerprintins a must for those
visiting KSA(Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)”
SUBJECT: Finger prints required of all KSA visitors
RIYADH — Visitors to the Kingdom will now be required to be fingerprinted at
the time of applying for a visa, the Cabinet decided Monday[19 Nov.].

In this regard, the Cabinet meeting presided over by Crown Prince Sultan Bin
Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, approved an amendment to
the 4th article of the Cabinet decision No. 202 on 22/6/1430H.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through competent offices
accredited by the Kingdom’s missions abroad, is to take the necessary
measures to obtain the biometrics (fingerprints and pictures) of visa
applicants to the Kingdom.

Holders of diplomatic and special passports have been exempted from the new
decision, Abdul Aziz Al-Khoja, Minister of Culture and Information, said
after the Cabinet meeting.

He added that the Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s appreciation of the
Djibouti Declaration issued by the 39th session of the Organization of
Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers stressing the principles
contained in the interfaith and intercultural dialogue initiative of King
Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The declaration also welcomed
the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to establish a
center for dialogue among Islamic religious sects. — SPA

+++SOURCE: Naharnet (Lebanon) 20 Nov.’12:”Peres Accuses Iran of Instigating
Gaza Violence”, Agence France Presse
SUBJECT: Peres accuses Iran and praises Egypt’s Morsi
QUOTES:”Peres “’They (Iran) are out of their minds”; “Peres praised Egypt’s
President Mohammed Morsi for the constructive role he has played in the
intensifying crisis”
FULL TEXT:Israel's President Shimon Peres accused Iran Monday[19 Nov’] of
encouraging the Palestinians to continue rocket attacks on Israel rather
than negotiating a ceasefire, saying "they are out of their mind."

At the same time, Peres praised Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi for the
constructive role he has played in the intensifying crisis.

"The unpleasant one is the Iranians. They are trying again to encourage the
Hamas to continue the shooting, the bombing, they are trying to send them
arms," Peres said in interview on CNN.

"They are out of their mind," he said.

Peres said Israel had no choice but to wage its offensive against Hamas in
Gaza despite the rising civilian casualties, citing what he said were 1,200
missiles fired from the territory in the past six days.

"In one minute, if they stop shooting, there won't be any casualties," he
said.

In singling out Iran, Peres said, "We are not going to make a war with Iran.
But we are trying to prevent the shipping of long range missiles which Iran
is sending to Hamas."

"But Iran is a problem, world problem, not only from the point of view of
building a nuclear danger, but also from the point of being a center of
world terror.

"They finance, they train, they send arms, they urge, no responsibility, no
moral consideration," Peres said.

Asked whether a ground war in Gaza was inevitable, Peres said he was hopeful
that there would be a ceasefire.

"The negotiations are still being continued. It's difficult for all parties,
but it's not over and the best choice for all of us is to stop shooting," he
said

+++SOURCE: Naharnet (Lebanon) 20 Nov.’12:”Israel Puts ‘Temporary Hold’ on
Gaza Ground Operation”,Agence France Presse
SUBJECT: Israel puts ‘temporary hold’on ground operation

QUOTE: “ ‘there is a ‘temporary hold’ on the ground invasion to give
diplomacy a chance to succeed’ “

Senior Israeli ministers decided overnight to hold off from launching a
ground invasion of the Gaza Strip to give Egyptian-led truce efforts a
chance to work, a senior Israeli official said Tuesday[20 Nov.].

"A decision was taken that for the time being there is a temporary hold on
the ground incursion to give diplomacy a chance to succeed," he told AFP
following a late-night session of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's inner
circle, the Forum of Nine.

"They discussed both the state of the diplomacy and the military operation,"
he said on condition of anonymity.

As an Egyptian ceasefire proposal appears to be emerging from indirect
negotiations in Cairo between Israel and a Hamas team, a stream of top-level
diplomats were expected to arrive in the region to throw their weight behind
efforts to end the violence which on Tuesday[20 Nov.] entered its seventh
day.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is to meet Israeli President Shimon Peres on
Tuesday[20 Nov.] evening and U.S. officials said U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton would break away from an Asia visit to visit Israel, Egypt
and the West Bank.

Palestinian officials said she was expected to visit Ramallah on
Wednesday[21 Nov.] morning for talks with Palestinian President Mahmud
Abbas.

+++SOURCE: Jordan Times 20 Nov.’12:”Israel says it prefers diplomacy but
ready to invade Gaza”
SUBJECT: Israel prefers diplomacy but ready
QUOTE:”Israel …said that while it was ready to step up its offensive by
sending in troops it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end
Palestinian rocket fire”
EXCERPTS:GAZA/ OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Israel bombed dozens of targets in the
Gaza Strip on Monday[19 Nov.] and said that while it was prepared to step up
its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that
would end Palestinian rocket fire, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Cabinet met late on Monday[19 Nov.] to discuss an
Egyptian plan for ending six days of Gaza violence that has claimed more
than 100 lives, a senior government official said, quoted by Agence
France-Presse.

The official refused to identify the points of Egypt’s proposal, which
emerged following a full day of indirect negotiations in Cairo on Sunday[18
Nov.] between Israeli officials and Palestinian representatives.

Israeli public radio, however, said Israel wanted to see a 24- to 48-hour
truce take effect that could then be used to negotiate the finer details of
the full ceasefire agreement.

The radio report also noted that most army attacks on Gaza had halted some
two to three hours before the start of the Cabinet meeting.

There was no immediate indication on whether a firm decision on Egypt’s
proposal would emerge from Monday’[19 Nov.]s meeting.

Reuters reported that Egypt said a deal for a truce to end the fighting
could be close. The leader of Hamas said it was up to Israel to end the new
conflict it had started, while Israel says its strikes are to halt
Palestinian rocket attacks.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, touring the region in hopes of helping
broker a peace arrived in Cairo, where he met Egypt’s foreign minister in
preparation for talks with President Mohamed Morsi, on Tuesday[20 Nov.]. He
also plans to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem..
. .

. . .Israel said it was investigating its air strike that brought the home
crashing down on the Al Dallu family, where the dead spanned four
generations

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Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA

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