Israeli attacks on the Palestinian towns located on the West Bank and in Gaza Strip, which were conducted in the late hours of Wednesday, is "an official declaration of war to the people of Palestine." This statement was made by Nabil Abu Rudinah, the informational advisor to Yasser Arafat. According to him, this war will "involve the whole Middle East into a new round of tension and instability." Abu Rudinah demanded that Israel seize shelling and observe previously concluded agreements. Israeli actions challenge the Arab nation and the international community, the Advisor to the Palestinian leader said. He demanded that the international community put pressure on the Israeli government to stop "aggression and war against the people of Palestine."
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign