WASHINGTON Ė The US Senate passed legislation Friday to enhance security cooperation between Israel and the United States.(JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 07/01/12)
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Israeli-Pakistani contacts were a possibility over the weekend as the
Ehud Barak and Pervez Musharraf attended the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Israeli-Pakistani contacts were a distinct possibility over the
weekend as Defense Minister Ehud Barak attended the Aspen Ideas
Festival in Colorado on Saturday alongside former Pakistani president
and possible 2013 presidential candidate Pervez Musharraf.
Barak left late Thursday night for the United States with a stopover
in New York, where he was scheduled to hold meetings at the United
Nations. He then continued to Aspen for the Ideas Festival, an annual
gathering of politicians, businessmen and leading thinkers to debate
Barak was scheduled to be interviewed Saturday afternoon by New York
Times columnist Thomas Friedman.
It would not be the first time that Barak and Musharraf meet.
The two secretly met in Paris in 2008 for lengthy discussions about
nuclear proliferation. At the time, Barak told Musharraf that he was
concerned with the rise of Islamic extremists in Pakistan, a country
with nuclear weapons.
Israel and Pakistan do not maintain diplomatic ties, and contacts
between officials of the two countries are rare.
Barak has warned privately in the past that while Iran could one day
pose an existential threat, an Islamic bomb already exists in
Pakistan and needs to be closely tracked by the West to prevent
proliferation to rogue elements.
Musharraf, a retired four-star general, served as Pakistanís 10th
president from 2001 until 2008.
He has since lived in London in self-imposed exile. In 2010 he
established the All-Pakistan Muslim League and is said to be planning
a return to Pakistan in the coming months to begin his campaign for
the presidential elections, scheduled for next year. (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 07/01/12)
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