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Ahmadinejad accused of meddling
BEIRUT | Lebanese politicians and members of civil society issued an open letter to Iran’s president on Tuesday, accusing him on the eve of his official visit to Lebanon of meddling in the country’s affairs.
The letter was signed by some 250 people, among them former members of parliament close to the Western-backed parliamentary majority, doctors, teachers and journalists. It lashed out at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Iran’s support of Lebanon’s Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
Hezbollah, by far the most powerful military and political force in Lebanon, has been locked in a standoff with Western- and Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri over a probe into the 2005 slaying of his father, former Premier Rafiq Hariri.
Tensions have been mounting between the two sides over unconfirmed reports that a U.N.-backed tribunal is set to indict Hezbollah members in connection with the slaying, a scenario the militant group has openly rejected.
Jordan Valley joins list of peace obstacles
JERICHO | The Jordan Valley — a tranquil stretch of West Bank desert dotted with date palms, Jewish settlements and Palestinian hamlets — is joining the already formidable list of potential obstacles to Mideast peace.
The strategic strip of land abutting Jordan would be an essential part of a future Palestinian state. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — adopting a harder line than his predecessors — wants to garrison Israeli forces there permanently to keep out weapons and block any Arab invasion from the east. He recently sought U.S. support for this demand as part of the wrangling over resuming negotiations with the Palestinians.
The Palestinians say they can’t give up an inch of the fertile valley, which makes up a quarter of the West Bank and would be one of the few largely undeveloped territories of their crowded future state, a place to build new cities and settle refugees.
With an eye to the future, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad broke ground Monday on an agro-industrial park in the valley that, with funding and technical help from Japan, is to create 10,000 Palestinian jobs one day and transform the sleepy area into an economic hub.
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