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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Envoys from US, UK, France, Costa Rica and Belgium walk out of UN Security Council meeting, Wednesday, after Libya compares situation in Gaza worse than Nazi concentration camps.

Excerpts from (AP) — .... The remarks led the United States, Britain, France and others to walk out, a rare protest by members of the U.N.'s most powerful body against one of their own members.

U.S. deputy ambassador Alejandro Wolff said: "The Libyan delegate is being tendentious, selective, historically incorrect and making morally outrageous comments, and that's why I walked out."

"Libya is a very pertinent example of what happens when you let terrorists infiltrate the Security Council," [said Israel's UN Ambassador Dan ]Gillerman .

Hamas offers 6 month 'period of quiet' with caveats

[Ha'aretz] Hamas' Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Wednesday that Hamas [will offer a 6 month 'period of quiet' if Israel lifts its blockade, etc.] [No mention of stopping smuggling of weapons...]

[Haniyeh also said that Hamas] is prepared to offer Israel a long-term cease-fire, or hudna, in return for an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines, a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and right of return for refugees - without recognizing Israel. [Israel will not agree to letting Palestinian refugees flood Israel.]

Israel's UN ambassador: Truce would give Hamas chance to regroup

"We don't think Hamas is trustworthy. Whenever they offer a truce, it is because we have been able to hit them where it really hurts and they then need time in order to regroup, in order to re-arm and be ready for the next round," Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman told reporters in New York.

"We do not intend to give them that time and we do not believe any truce offer that comes from Hamas is indeed trustworthy," he said. (AP)