Jordan’s King Abdullah II said on Sunday there will be no breakthrough in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) if there is no U.S. commitment to supporting a solution to the “Palestinian issue”.
“Without the Hashemite custodianship and the steadfastness of the Jerusalemites, the holy sites would have been lost many years ago. Our success requires one to stand with the Palestinian brothers, so that our cause wouldn’t be weakened and our rights would be maintained,” he told members of the Lower House of Parliament, according to a report in the official Petra news agency.
If Israel is chosen to fill a seat in the United Nations Security Council it would be a political farce and a scandal, Ahmad Majdalani, member of the PLO Executive Committee, said on Saturday, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.
WARS & RUMORS THEREOF
US troops fight with Syria, Hizballah, Lebanon
Israeli diplomats have filed a quiet demarche with Washington over the participation of US special forces in a joint operation with the Syrian, Hizballah and Lebanese armies to clear the Lebanese-Syrian border region of Al Qaeda’s Syrian arm the rebel Nusra Front, which is fighting with ISIS elements. This is reported by DEBKAfile. The operation against the rebel group fighting under the command of Abu Mohammad al-Jawlani, has been divided into three parts.
US & GLOBAL ECONOMY
A widely used index used to calculate floating interest rates that affects $350 trillion in global deals is being dumped at the end of 2021. It is leaving lenders and borrowers in a quandary to not only identify and agree on replacements, but also determine how to handle ongoing loans as well as the future wording of new loan documents.
MANMADE AND NATURAL DISASTERS