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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Excerpts:Gaza weapons from Iran. $4.8 billion IMF loan to Egypt. Erdogans strange definition November 21, 2012

Excerpts:Gaza's weapons from Iran. $4.8 billion IMF loan to Egypt. Erdogan's
strange definition November 21, 2012

+++SOURCE: Naharnet (Lebanon) 21 Nov.’12:” Iran Bears Heavy Responsibility
for Gaza Unrest”,Agence France Presse

SUBJECT: French P.M. Fabius :Gaza ‘s weapons from Iran

QUOTE: “P.M.Fabius:’There are longg-range weapons up to 75 lilometers (45
miles) and these are Iranian weapons. Iran bears a heavy responsibility’ “

FULL TEXT:Iran bears a "heavy responsibility" in conflicts in the Middle
East, especially in Gaza, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said
Wednesday[21 Nov.].

Speaking specifically of Gaza, where a week of violence has claimed more
than 140 lives, Fabius said: "There are long-range weapons up to 75
kilometers (45 miles) and these are Iranian weapons. Iran bears a heavy
responsibility.

"One finds Iran in Lebanon, in Syria, in Iraq, in Gaza and each time with
very negative intentions," he told France Culture radio.

"The orientation of the Iranian government is extremely dangerous for world
peace," he added.

There have been heightened diplomatic efforts to end the fighting in the
Gaza Strip, but a deal to end Israel's offensive on rocket-firing militants
remains elusive.

On Tuesday, Iran said Israel was solely responsible for the conflict in Gaza
and should be tried for "war crimes," stressing that the Palestinians must
be "armed to defend" themselves.

This followed an accusation by Israeli President Shimon Peres that Tehran
was encouraging the Palestinians to continue rocket attacks on Israel rather
than negotiate a ceasefire.

"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 an interview to CNN.

SourceAgence France Presse

+++SOURCE: Naharnet (Lebanon) 21 Nov.’12:”Egypt: Deal Reached with IMF on
$4.8 Billion Loan”

SUBJECT:$4.8 billion IMF loan to Egypt:

FULL TEXT:Egypt says it has reached an initial deal with the International
Monetary Fund that will secure a $4.8 billion loan to revive the country's
ailing economy.

Ashraf el-Araby, the minister for international cooperation, said Tuesday
the agreement was reached with an IMF team that has been in Cairo for weeks,
negotiating a deal and discussing the government's economic program.

El-Araby says the deal would be presented for approval to the IMF board in
December in Washington. He says that details of the agreement would be
released at a ministerial meeting on Wednesday.

Egypt's economy plummeted following last year's uprising and many see the
loan as a way to raise investor confidence. Other groups have criticized the
proposal, saying the loan could trigger an economic crunch and set off
inflation

From: Sue
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:45 AM
+++SOURCE: Jordan Times 21 Nov.’12:”Turkey accuses Israel of ‘ethnic
cleansing’ in Gaza”,Agence France
SUBJECT: Erdogan’s strange definition
QUOTE: Turkish P.M. Erdogan accused Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Gaza
saying Israel’s air raids could not be considered self defence”

FULL TEXT:ANKARA — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday[20
Nov.} accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” in Gaza, saying Israel’s air
raids could not be considered self-defence.

{IMRA: How would Erdogan respond to sustained ,continuing attacks on Turkish
civilian populations?]

“Israel is committing ethnic cleansing by ignoring peace in this region and
violating international law,” Erdogan said. “It is occupying the Palestinian
territory step by step.”

The premier said Israeli air raids against Gaza could not be deemed
self-defence, accusing Western countries of aiding what he called a
“terrorist state” by condoning its violence in the Middle East.

“Sooner or later, Israel will answer for the innocent blood it has shed so
far,” he said.

Erdogan’s words came after Israel halted a threatened Gaza ground operation
to give Egyptian-led truce talks a chance to end nearly a week of
cross-border violence that has killed more than 100 Palestinians and three
Israelis.

He said Turkey, Egypt and the Gulf countries, particularly Qatar and Saudi
Arabia, had to take their own initiative, accusing the United Nations
Security Council of doing nothing to save Gazans.

“It is against them today, tomorrow it will be us, keep that in mind,” he
said. “If we are going to die, let’s go down with decency. Keep that in mind
too.”

On Monday, Erdogan said the UN “turned a blind eye” on Israeli attacks
against Palestinians, accusing the international body of double standards
against Muslims.

Erdogan emerged as a staunch advocate of the Palestinian cause in January
2009, when he stormed out of a panel discussion on Israel’s blockade of the
impoverished Gaza Strip at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Ties between Turkey and Israel were further strained after Israeli commandos
raided a Gaza-bound Turkish aid flotilla in the Mediterranean in May 2010,
killing nine Turks on board.
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Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA

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