Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
whitehouse.gov | Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, 13 May 10-point Global Enduring Calm Normalization Plan
SULLIVAN: Nine, we are urgently and relentlessly working for a ceasefire and a hostage deal, starting with the first phase and building to an enduring calm. As the President said this weekend, there could be a ceasefire tomorrow if Hamas simply released women, wounded, and elderly hostages—all innocents.

Israel put a forward-leaning proposal on the table for a ceasefire "fighting pause" and hostage deal. The world should be calling on Hamas to come back to the table and accept a deal. The hostages include [Palestinian-]Americans [?] and citizens from around the world. The President is determined to bring them safe—safely back to their loved ones. And I met with the families of these American hostages again just this past Friday [10 May?].

The families of American-Israeli hostages in Gaza met with US National Security adviser Jake Sullivan on Monday [6 May] in Washington to press for their immediate release, according to the Hostages Families Forum Headquarters. The forum says at least eight American-Israelis were taken hostage by Hamas. Five of them are still thought to be held alive in Gaza. Another, 19-year-old Itay Chen, was confirmed dead by the Israel Defense Forces last month.

10 May: jpost | Families of American hostages in Gaza meet Jake Sullivan, express frustrations over negotiations
Friday's meeting with Sullivan was also the first time the families met with the White House after Hamas released videos of three hostages, including Americans Keith Siegel and Hersh Goldberg-Polin.

They know how hard the President is working on this.
ChatGPT cnn | Jake Sullivan met in-person with representatives of countries whose citizens Hamas took hostage, 16 May
Jake Sullivan convened for the first time this week an in-person meeting of ambassadors and chiefs of mission representing countries whose citizens were taken hostage by Hamas on October 7, CNN has learned, as a ceasefire and hostages release deal remains stalled.

Sullivan met with representatives from 17 nations: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, and the United Kingdom, according to a US official and senior administration official familiar with the meeting.

WH Press Briefing: Karine Jean-Pierre and John Kirby | May 17, 2024, A/V (EN), 00:56:45
KIRBY @ 8:19: Now, just one last program announcement, and I promise, I'll shut up. I can announce today that our National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will travel to Saudi Arabia starting tomorrow [18 May]. He'll be there to meet with Prime Minister and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to discuss discuss bilateral and regional matters, including the war in Gaza, of course, and ongoing efforts to achieve a lasting peace and security in the region. On Sunday, the next day, Mister Sullivan will travel to Israel to meet with senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, to discuss, of course, the war in Gaza, including ongoing negotiations to secure the release of all the hostages, address the humanitarian crisis, and our shared objective for the enduring defeat of Hamas through both military pressure [$1 billion more in weapons to Israel] and a political plan.
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2024 at 07:07:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | US national security adviser, Saudi Arabia's crown prince meet to discuss `semi-final' security deal, 19 May
The announcement by the state-run Saudi Press Agency [spa.gov.sa] comes as the strategic deal had been upended after Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on Israel that killed 1,200 people and saw 250 others taken hostage back to the Gaza Strip.
reuters | Gantz demands Gaza day-after plan by June 8, threatens to quit Netanyahu cabinet, 18 May: "he wanted the war cabinet to form a six-point plan"

ft | Gantz threatens to quit Israeli government if no new war plan, 19 May: "in a televised statement on Saturday evening"

thehill | Frustration with Netanyahu boils over on plans for Gaza after Hamas, 19 May: What Yovav Gallant said ... on Wednesday

[...]
"The semi-final version of the draft strategic agreements between the kingdom and the United States of America, which are almost being finalized—and what is being worked on between the two sides in the Palestinian issue to find a credible path—were discussed," the statement released after the talks said.
spa.gov.sa | HRH the Crown Prince Receives U.S. National Security Advisor, 19 May
His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, received in Dhahran today U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. During the meeting, they reviewed the strategic relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them in various fields and discussed the nearly final version of the draft strategic agreements between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, which are almost being finalised. They reviewed the work of the two sides on the Palestinian issue to find a credible pathway towards the two-state solution in a way that meets the aspirations of the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights. They also discussed the latest developments in the region, including the situation in Gaza and the need to stop the war and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid.###
arabnews | Saudi crown prince meets White House national security adviser, 19 May
During the meeting, the strategic relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them in various fields were reviewed, SPA said. It said efforts to find a credible solution to the Palestinian issue, including a lasting ceasefire and unhindered entry of humanitarian aid in Gaza, with a view to a "two-state solution that meets the aspirations and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people", were also discussed.

by Cat on Sun May 19th, 2024 at 02:24:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | Blinken orders crackdown on Israel-Hamas leaks, 20 May

What are the chances that sooper sekrit "semi-final" normalization plan is gonna close before this case closes?

by Cat on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 01:42:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Display:

Occasional Series