Israel ex-PM Olmert defiantly rallies behind Palestinian leader

first_img“He is a man of peace, he is opposed to terror, and therefore he is the only partner that we can deal with,” Olmert told reporters with Abbas at his side.”It will take some time but these negotiations will take place, and the partner of Israel to these negotiations will be Mahmud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority,” he said.Hinting at Netanyahu’s political woes, Olmert said: “Who will be the partner on the Israeli side? We will know later this year.”Abbas, who succeeded Yasser Arafat in 2005, called Olmert “my dear friend” and said he wanted to “extend my hand to the Israeli people.” Israel’s former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday called Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas a partner for peace, defiantly rejecting efforts by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to sideline the veteran leader.Olmert, Netanyahu’s centrist predecessor who led Israel from 2006 to 2009, met with Abbas in New York hours after the Palestinian leader went before the UN Security Council to denounce US President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan.The former prime minister did not criticize Trump’s plan, which paves the way for Israel to annex much of the West Bank, but said that any future negotiations needed to involve Abbas, an 84-year-old considered a moderate. “We want to achieve peace through peaceful means and negotiations,” he said. “Let me reiterate again, we are against and do not want violence.”Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, had warned Olmert against meeting Abbas, whom Netanyahu’s government accuses of inciting unrest.Danon told the Security Council that the Palestinians needed a new leader, saying that Abbas was unable to consider the “realistic” proposals of Trump.Olmert “is endorsing diplomatic terrorism against Israel. It is shameful,” Danon said after Olmert met Abbas.Olmert is close to Netanyahu’s centrist rival Benny Gantz who went neck-and-neck with the prime minister in two inconclusive elections last year, with a third vote scheduled for March 2.Olmert, however, said he was not speaking for Gantz.Olmert stepped down under a cloud of corruption scandals. Netanyahu in November was also indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.Topics :last_img read more

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San Remigio records 1st coronavirus case

first_img“The patient is currently quarantined in our isolation facility. She is in a stable medical condition,” said Mission. “The patient is currently quarantined in our isolation facility. She is in a stable medical condition,” says Mayor Margarito Mission of San Remigio, Antique about the town’s first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019. The result of the patient, who was a locally stranded individual, came out on July 23. PNA According to the mayor, the patient had her specimen collected last July 21 while her result of testing positive for the virus came out on July 23. “This should serve as a reminder for all of us to not be complacent and follow the guidelines set forth by the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19,” he said, adding that they are doing the best to keep the residents safe.center_img SAN JOSE, Antique – The municipality of San Remigio in this province has recorded its first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).In a statement, Mayor Margarito Mission said Western Visayas Patient No. 867 is a locally stranded individual (LSI) who returned home from Pasay City last July 17. Integrated Provincial Health Office information officer Irene Dulduco, for her part, said they have immediately conducted reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or swab testing to four other persons who are also under quarantine at a day care center in San Remigio with the patient positive for the virus.All the collected specimens will be sent to the Western Visayas Medical Center Department of Pathology, Sub National Laboratory in Mandurriao, Iloilo City for processing.Dulduco said they are now working on the travel history of the LSI who tested positive for COVID-19 so that they could immediately conduct contact tracing. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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