Arab States Weekly Review 9th – 15th Oct 2010

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president, paid a visit to Lebanon. He was welcomed in Beirut by an enthousiastic crowd, particularly supporters of Shia party Hizbullah, before making a symbolic visit to Bint Jbeil, a Shia village close to the Israeli border.

Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, insisted that Palestinian negotiators must first formally accept that Israel is a Jewish state before he would consider extending a freeze on building settlements in the West Bank.

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