The Largest Security-Cleared Career Network for Defense and Intelligence Jobs - JOIN NOW

Military

VOICE OF AMERICA
SLUG: 2-321779 Israel / Palestinians (L-only)
DATE:
NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=1/14/2005

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS (L-ONLY)

NUMBER=2-321779

BYLINE=BENJAMIN SAND

DATELINE=JERUSALEM

CONTENT=

HEADLINE: Israel Suspends Relations with Palestinian Authority

INTRO: The Israeli government has cut all ties with the new Palestinian

president-elect until he curbs attacks against Israel. The move comes a day

after an attack by Palestinian militants on a Gaza border crossing.

VOA's Benjamin Sand has more from Jerusalem.

TEXT: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Friday ordered all government officials

to end contacts with the Palestinian authority.

A government spokesman said the ban will remain until incoming Palestinian

leader Mahmoud Abbas cracks down on militant factions.

On Thursday, Palestinian militants launched a coordinated bombing and ground assault on a border crossing in Gaza that killed six Israelis.

The attack was seen as serious challenge to Mr. Abbas, who has called for

an end to violence and a resumption of peace talks with Israel.

The new Palestinian leader, due to be officially sworn in Saturday, has condemned the killings. His aides say the Israeli move unfairly punishes him before he

even takes office.

Mr. Abbas' election last Sunday was widely hailed as a positive step toward

improving ties with Israel. He spoke with Prime Minister Sharon earlier

this week and the two had been expected to meet in just a few days. (SIGNED)

NEB/BS/KL



NEWSLETTER
Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list