Touring the luxurious campus of the American University of Sharjah last week, I was yet again struck by what money, especially petrodollars, can buy. Sharjah is an emirate of the United Arab Emirates, located adjacent to Abu Dhabi. Designed by the ruler of Sharjah, Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, one of the more enlightened of the region’s many autocrats, the university’s grand buildings self-consciously invoke the glory days of Islamic architecture.
Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath said Israel’s credibility in peace talks was undermined by its foreign minister’s UN speech, as the U.S. accelerated efforts to resolve an impasse over Israeli construction in the West Bank.
Iran is arranging with Egyptian officials to have two of its warships use the Suez Canal, Iranian state-run Press TV said. The Suez Canal Authority said after today’s report that no Iranian naval vessels had been granted permission to sail through the waterway.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said peace talks starting next week are unlikely to meet their target of an agreement within a year and that Israel won’t extend a settlement freeze as demanded by Palestinians.
Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein presented Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with a draft indictment on suspicion of fraud, money laundering and breach of trust, enabling Lieberman to fight the allegations.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may receive a draft indictment today or tomorrow on charges of fraud, money laundering and breach of trust, Haaretz reported without saying where it got the information.