UN Security Council calls for immediate Gaza truce LINK(Turkish FM Babacan pressed for urgent cease-fire at United Nations, LINK"I saw that Turkey and the EU were on the same wave and we are cooperating to make the plan on the table become reality," Javier Solana, dec 8.LINKSome EU officials say that if a credible ceasefire deal is on offer, the EU will find ways of reaching understandings with Hamas. The EU’s foreign-policy chief, Javier Solana, maintains a channel of communication through Omar Suleiman, the head of Egyptian intelligence. Link
The biggest hurdle to winning a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, according to diplomats and Israeli military officials are the tunnels: The Israeli's estimate there are 300 tunnels that extend from Egypt into Gaza. Link
But Solana said hunting for tunnels under the Philadelphi corridor would "be done probably with technology, not with people". He said the technological means were available to address the problem, though he offered no specific details.
Another senior EU diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the bloc was pushing for a broader monitoring mission as part of any Gaza ceasefire that would ensure both sides meet their obligations. Link
Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who along with several other European leaders has been trying to broker a deal, said Tuesday in Jerusalem that an "immediate cease-fire" was within reach if a solution to the tunnel problem could be found. Link Yesterday Blair was also in the media with this: ("At the end of June the government was facing a serious revolt from Labour backbenchers in the House of Commons over ID cards, with reports the cards could cost individuals £300 each. Blair faced tough questioning from lobby journalists that month on the costs of the cards at his monthly press briefing.") Link
Links also to this news today: "Why the Bank would be wrong to cut interest rates to 300-year record low", Link
Today's linktip: tribwatch
and "the phoenix" also january 8: -"Where the wild things are""As our planet edges closer to the apocalypse, the escapist, fantasy world of cryptids is suddenly coming to life "
"For every square mile that man has walked on the Earth, three hundred square miles exist that have never been touched by human feet — but MAY INDEED HAVE BEEN TOUCHED by the hooves, paws, tentacles, and horrid tongue-foot-pads of the CRYPTIDS."
— John Hodgman, Link