U.S. Mideast envoy James Wolfensohn has warned that Gaza was in danger of becoming a "giant prison" after Israeli withdrawal.
The former chairman of the World Bank foresaw that possibility, he said, unless there was swift agreement on freeing the passage of goods and people through border crossings.
He reportedly was critical of both Israelis and Palestinians, saying he had heard reports of explosive devices being taken across Karni in lorries.
Wolfensohn, the West's special envoy on post-disengagement Gaza, spoke out as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived to seek to inject new momentum into border talks.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, in Israel with his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for the commemoration of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, praised disengagement from Gaza. Clinton also urged the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to pursue dialogue with Palestinians, UPI reports.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities