Dramatic development in relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert secretly met about 10 days ago with a senior member of the Saudi royal family, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Monday morning.TalkBacks on this article speculate that he either agreed to the "Right of Return" or gave away Jerusalem.
According to several sources, the person Olmert met with was Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah himself. Other sources implied that the meeting was held with a different senior figure in the kingdom.
Only a number of Israelis were involved in the secret meeting, which was welcomed by senior American officials.
This appears to be the first time an Israeli prime minister holds a direct meeting with such a senior member of the Saudi royal family.
"Any government that recognizes Israel will be a legitimate target for our fighters," said Abu Abir, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, one of the groups that issued the threat. "We will fight against such a government with all means and we will consider it as part of the Israeli occupation."So when we talk about Israel making peace with the Palestinians, which Palestinians are we talking about?
The groups also criticized Abbas for insisting that a unity government recognize Israel and urged him to halt his attempts to overthrow the Hamas-led government. Two of the groups that were represented at the press conference claimed that they were affiliated with Abbas's Fatah party.
Asked about Hamas's charter and rhetoric, which advocate - often openly - genocide against the Jews in Israel, and whether the signatories to the Irish petition would consider boycotting Palestinian academic institutions due to this policy, Bowen replied, "the accusation of genocide against Hamas is libelous. The responsibility for ending the conflict lies with the aggressor. Israel is the aggressor."So has been decided by James Bowen, Department of Computer Science at University College Cork, Jewhater Extraordinaire.
Samir Geagea, a notorious former leader of a Christian militia, scoffed at Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah's declaration that his guerrillas achieved "a victory" against Israel.
"I don't feel victory because the majority of the Lebanese people do not feel victory. Rather, they feel that a major catastrophe had befallen them and made their present and future uncertain," he said.
Hezbollah's fight with Israel sent its support soaring among Shiites. But a large sector — particularly among Christians and Sunni Muslims — opposes Hezbollah and resents it for provoking the monthlong fight by capturing two Israeli soldiers on July 12.
"They published articles which disparaged Islam and claimed that the Islamic religion was spread by the sword and that the Prophet ... was the prophet of evil," it added.
The edition of Le Figaro, dated September 19, contains an opinion piece on Islam and the Prophet Mohammad by French philosopher and high school teacher Robert Redeker.
"Merciless warrior, pillager, murderer of Jews and polygamist -- that is how Mohammad portrays himself in the Koran ... Hatred and violence live in the book by which every Muslim is educated, the Koran," Redeker wrote.
The edition of the German newspaper, dated September 16, contains an article by German historian Egon Flaig looking at how the Prophet Mohammad was a successful military leader.
Flaig presents other arguments supporting the view that Islam has had a violent history.