A Talk With President Peres
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Lally Weymouth - (Interview) May 12, 2008 - 5:26pm

Israeli President Shimon Peres is the last remaining founding father of the Israeli state. Last week he spoke with Newsweek-Washington Post's Lally Weymouth. Excerpts: Q. Is there a realistic chance of peace with the Palestinians?

Rice: Israel, Palestinians Need To Show Progress
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Anne Gearan - May 12, 2008 - 5:24pm

The Bush administration has told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they will need to show progress in their secret talks soon, or risk a potentially fatal erosion in public support for a process now in its sixth month without any obvious successes. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice passed that message during meetings with both sides a little more than a week ago, Arab, U.S. and other Western diplomats said. Rice was reacting mainly to the increasingly pessimistic Palestinian assessments of the talks, but she warned that confidence was fragile among Israelis, too.

The Bush Administration pushes Israelis and Palestinians toward compromise (1). In the Washington Post, Lally Weymouth interviews Israeli President Shimon Peres (2) and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayaad (3). ATFP Board Member Daoud Kuttab writes about the practical reality of the Right of Return (4). Negotiations continue on a Gaza cease-fire (7) even as Israel weathers scandal allegations (6) and political unrest (12). In Haaretz, Akiva Eldar argues that U.S. president Bush should avoid visiting Israel (13).

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