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Is Israel a pariah nation?
But the moment Israel sees others as human beings, it will not be able to bulldoze Palestinian houses, it won't be able to subjugate people, and it won't be able to blow up a Lebanese farmer's olive trees that are thousands of years old and that provide his family's livelihood.
Regional-Israel, Analysis, 3/17/1998
Al-Khamasin sandstorm hits Middle East
A sandstorm churned up in the North African desert blanketed the Middle East on Monday in a haze of dust so thick that flights could not take off or land, sea ports had to be closed and people had difficulty breathing.
Regional, Environment, 3/17/1998
Arafat rejected secret talks with Netanyahu as Hebron threaten outbreak
Colonel Jibril Rajoub’s comments stirred anger in Israel and prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu said the warning "was grave and could cause escalation and angry passions and it was done instead of the Palestinian Authority making an effort to calm emotions.”
Palestine-Israel, Local, 3/17/1998
Indyk: A message from Clinton to King of Morocco
US Undersecretary of State for the Middle East and North African Affairs Martin Indyk on Monday met in Rabat with the chairman of the Moroccan Senate council, Muhammad Jalal al-Saeed, in the course of his tour on al-Maghreb al-Arabi states.
Morocco, International, 3/17/1998
Diplomatic showdown between Israel and the UK
British officials who dare to express a certain form of identification with the Palestinian cause are not allowed to enjoy a free dinner in Israel. This message was basically what came out of the meeting on Tuesday night between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook.
Palestine-Israel, International, 3/17/1998
Egyptian-Syrian union , part 2: The hasty union
The Syrian leaders stressed that the union between the two countries would save their country -- Syria -- from outside (i.e. communist) interference, but Nasser saw the union as the beginning of his long-held dream of Arab unity and greater power.
Regional-Egypt, History, 3/17/1998
Jordan denounced comments by Israeli minister Sharon
"How rude, how humiliating is this issue if the statement was made by Minister Sharon to us all it injures our feelings. It provides another reason for those who are reluctant to join peace process," Jordan's acting premier said.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 3/17/1998
Europe to consider the economic stick, Cook said
"Europe is the major financial backer of the peace process," Cook said, adding that Europe provides twice as much funds as the US does in supporting the peace process. "I now want to make sure that those funds are clearly targeted on the removing obstacles to interim steps in the peace process." he said.
Regional-Jordan, Politics, 3/17/1998
Moussa calls for peace effort
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa stated that Israeli minister's threats to kill a person, whoever this person may be, is a very serious and dangerous thing that would greatly affect the region.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 3/17/1998
A warm welcome for improved relations with Sudan
Committees from the Sudanese ministries of irrigation and higher education started making rapid arrangements to review the state of the confiscated Egyptian establishments.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 3/17/1998
Syrian FM confers with counterparts at OIC conference in Doha
On Monday afternoon, al-Sharaa' discussed with his Sudanese counterpart Mustafa Othman Ismael the Arab situation, the improvement in Sudanese - Egyptian relations and the question of Arab solidarity.
Syria, Politics, 3/17/1998
Qatar - Egypt relations still tense despite Qatari emir's planned visit
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Al-Khaleifa will arrive in Cairo on March 22 for his first visit to Egypt since a political crisis broke out between the two states after Qatar's accusation that the Egyptian government contributed to the failed coup attempt in Qatar at the end of 1996.
Egypt-Qatar, Politics, 3/17/1998
Doha OIC conference holds Israel responsible for peace stalemate
The draft statement held Israel responsible for the deadlock in the peace process, stating that Israel's violation of the principles on the grounds of which the peace process was built is a hard blow for the peace process. It urged the OIC member states to commit to procedures of Islamic boycott of Israel.
Regional, Politics, 3/17/1998
Libya condemns Maritn Indyk's tour of Morocco
Libya's Foreign Ministry said that one of this tour's targets was repeating all the US government's false information and claims against Libya, Iraq, Palestine and Syria within the US plot against the Arab nation.
Libya-North Africa, Politics, 3/17/1998
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Member of the Israeli Knesset from the Israeli Labor Party Yusi Beilin has welcomed the initiative of the Israeli government to pull its troops out of south Lebanon according to UN resolution 425 .
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani today met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahaf and members of his accompanying delegation.
Saudi Arabia's second deputy premier and defense minister, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz met today with the Egyptian air force commander Ahmad Muhammad Shafik and members of his accompanying delegation currently on a several-day visit to Saudi Arabia, during which he will meet with his Saudi counterpart Let. Gen. Muhammad Hnidi on cooperation between the countries.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair will pay a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia in mid-April.
Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai told a Knesset committee that Israel will not withdraw from south Lebanon without a security guarantee, Haaretz reported.
US Secretary of Defense William Cohen said that Iraq must produce evidence that it has destroyed all of its weapons of mass destruction before UN sanctions will be lifted, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Iraq said a Gulf War-era bomb exploded in Basra, killing five children, CNN reported.
A second sandstorm hit Egypt today, causing fires and damages, Nando Times. The storms are expected to continue through Thursday, the report said.
US Middle East peace process coordinator Dennis Ross will arrive in Tel Aviv by the end of this week in a new tour of the region, Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot said on Monday.