Open The Rafah Crossing
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) February 8, 2008 - 7:55pm

Following a brief and sporadic hiatus, the cycle of violence recently resumed on both sides in the Gaza Strip. During the past three days, Israel killed at least 16 Palestinians, and heavy barrages of rockets slammed into Sderot and other communities bordering Gaza in response to Israel's retaliation for the suicide bombing in Dimona. The Israel Defense Forces used ground and air forces in the northern and southern Gaza Strip.

Mccain Found A Tool With Which To Woo Conservative Republicans: Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shmuel Rosner - (Opinion) February 8, 2008 - 7:54pm

There's been a lot of talk lately about John McCain's problem with the more conservative (and religious) right wing of the Republican Party. In Super Tuesday McCain won among self-identified conservatives in only three of the nine states that were covered by the exit polls I looked at. His real strength is among moderates.

Ticking Bomb
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel And Avi Issacharoff - February 8, 2008 - 7:53pm

Despite the closing of the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt yesterday, it seems that the next attack, kidnapping or suicide bombing carried out by a Palestinian group against Israelis, in Sinai or the southern Negev, is just a matter of time. With the border remaining completely open for 12 days, it is difficult to estimate the amount of arms and munitions that were brought into the Strip.

Opportunity In Sight For A Peaceful Offensive On Defiant Sides
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
by Raghida Dergham - (Opinion) February 8, 2008 - 7:52pm

On the Lebanese and Palestinian fronts surface indicators of a new and beneficial impetus, one that requires responsible assessment of the available opportunities and courage to adopt peaceful offensive strategies. The UN Undersecretary Nicholas Michel spoke about the impossibility of using Lebanon's international tribunal - aimed at punishing the parties involved in political assassinations in Lebanon - in any political tradeoff. These are extremely important words as they coincide with the UN commitment to end the era of impunity.

Arab-american Thoughts On Super Tuesday
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Ghassan Rubeiz - (Opinion) February 8, 2008 - 7:52pm

American politics have become intimately tied to Arab politics since 9/11 and the start of the war in Iraq. According to a 2007 Zoghby poll, 61 percent of Arab-American voters mentioned Iraq as the top issue in the current presidential election contest. The same number of Arab-Americans also ranked "Palestine" as being very important for them as an election issue.

Revitalizing Diplomacy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Common Ground News Service
(Opinion) February 8, 2008 - 7:50pm

Daniel Kurtzer

Hamas' Strategic Defeat
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Dror Ze’evi - (Opinion) February 8, 2008 - 7:49pm

Ever since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, the Hamas movement has boasted a series of impressive tactical victories. These wins started with the elections victory over Fatah and continued with the rapid takeover of the Gaza Strip, the abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, the “candle operation” aimed at forcing Israel to boost the supply of electricity to the Strip, and finally, the breaching of the Rafah border wall and the lifting of the siege.  

Usip Report: Ten Pieces Of Advice For #44
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Israel Policy Forum
by M.J. Rosenberg - (Opinion) February 8, 2008 - 7:48pm

The latest news from the region is that once again the Israelis are reducing the supply of electricity to Gaza, in response to increased Hamas attacks in Israel. The cutbacks come despite the fact that the policy of punishing the general population has been repeatedly tried and failed, and despite a strong warning from the Bush administration. 

Israel Trims Gaza Electricity, Prompting Warning From U.s.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from International Herald Tribune
by Isabel Kershner - February 8, 2008 - 7:47pm

Israel has begun reducing the amount of electricity it sells to Gaza as part of sanctions against continued rocket fire, Israeli officials said Friday. The move prompted a warning from the United States not to "worsen the humanitarian situation" of civilians in Gaza, and was followed by the firing of yet more rockets at Israel by militants there.

Palestinian Pm Sees No '08 Israel Accord
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Ed Stoddard - February 8, 2008 - 7:46pm

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Thursday a lasting peace accord with Israel was unlikely in 2008 despite renewed diplomatic efforts to resolve the long-running conflict. In an interview with Reuters in the Texas capital, Austin, where he is on a private visit, he highlighted the lack of progress on the issue of Israeli settlements and military incursions into the West Bank as among the chief obstacles in the "road map" to peace and Palestinian statehood.

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