October 29, 2005

THE RECOGNITIONS:

Pakistan team to visit 'Israel' (AFP, 10/29/05)

A 200-member delegation of Pakistani officials and businessmen is to visit Israel in early November, in a bid to bring closer the two countries which have no diplomatic relations, Israeli military radio said.Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom are to receive the Pakistani delegation of retired generals, religious leaders, politicians and business people, radio said, though there was no official confirmation.Relations between the second most populous Muslim country and the Jewish state were hostile for decades, but began to warm up after Israel offered aid to Pakistan following this month's devastating earthquake.

Pakistan accepted Israel's offer, in a sign that the sole Muslim nuclear power was cautiously warming to better ties with Israel.


Such is the world Natan Sharansky and Ariel Sharon have made.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2005 4:10 PM
Comments

Wow, I had no idea that the Arab press was snarky enough to put quotation marks around the word Israel.

No wonder Reuters and the New York Times feel a kinship.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at October 29, 2005 5:50 PM

It used to be the Zionist entity. For them it's progress.

Posted by: Gideon at October 29, 2005 10:18 PM
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