Israeli tanks are currently deployed 50 m from Yasser Arafat's headquarters. This information was disclosed by Khairi al-Orodi, the Ambassador of the Palestinian National Authority to Russia, during a press conference in Moscow. In addition, he stated that the headquarters of the Palestinian leader would not be moved to a safer place. "This is our Motherland and our country, we cannot leave it," the Ambassador stated. Al-Oridi emphasised that the Palestinian authorities did not see any other solution to the crisis, but the political one. "The military solution simply does not exist, but peace, as Ariel Sharon sees it, could not be achieved," the Ambassador believes. Yasser Arafat's headquarters is located in the town of Ramallah on the Western Bank of the Jordan river.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.