Monday, March 10, 2008

War Pimp Alert: Cheney to Visit Middle East Next Week


"10/03/2008 US Vice President Richard Cheney will tour in the Middle East next week, the White House announced early Monday. Cheney will leave on March 16 and will make stops in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Occupied Palestine, the West Bank and Turkey "for discussions with these key partners on issues of mutual interest," the White House statement said.

The trip follows another to the region by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, during which she secured a promise from Israel and the Palestinians to resume talks, despite recent Israeli strikes against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. But the situation was likely to be complicated in the wake of a decision by Jerusalem authorities to build a new Jewish settlement on Palestinian land east of the city, a move that could further hamper efforts to restart faltering talks.

The project entails construction of 400 settlements in mainly Arab East Jerusalem but is subject to approval from the regional council for urban planning, according to Yossi Gottesman, a spokesman for the mayor's office."

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