Olmert: Understandings Reached In Talks With Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Anshel Pfeffer - May 14, 2008 - 5:18pm

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Tuesday that he and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have reached "understandings and points of agreement" on key issues in U.S-backed peace talks but he gave no details. "There has been significant progress, and understandings and points of agreement have been reached in important matters, but not on all the issues," Olmert said in a speech to visiting world leaders at the "Facing Tomorrow" presidential conference.

Al-zahar: Israeli Military Not Beyond Defeat
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - May 14, 2008 - 5:16pm

Senior Hamas member Mahmoud al-Zahar spoke Wednesday at a Gaza Strip event marking the 60th anniversary of the Nakba – the anniversary of the 1948 events which led to the induction of the State of Israel – and promised his listeners that "the right of return is closer than ever." The events of the Gaza pullout and the Second Lebanon War, he added, proved that the Israeli military is not beyond defeat.

The Palestinian Narrative Is Here To Stay
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Rami Khouri - (Opinion) May 14, 2008 - 5:15pm

That both Israeli independence and the Palestinian catastrophe, or nakba, of 1948 are now acknowledged virtually simultaneously around the world is a great achievement for the Palestinians, just as the creation of Israel was a miracle in the eyes of the world's Jews. The two big stories 60 years later are the strength and vitality of the Israeli state and the depth, vigor and relentless quest for life, land and liberty of the Palestinian people.

Rice: Peace Deal By 2009 'improbable'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
May 14, 2008 - 5:15pm

Ahead of a visit to the Middle East, US President George W. Bush expressed some optimism that an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement would be struck before his term ends while holding out little hope for a major breakthrough when he arrives in Israel. His Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, on Tuesday said reaching such a deal within the next eight months "might be improbable but it's not impossible."

Israel 'to Approve Hundreds Of Homes In West Bank'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
May 14, 2008 - 5:13pm

Israel's housing minister will approve next week the construction of hundreds of homes in West Bank settlements, a political ally of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Wednesday, adding new tensions to peace talks between Israel and Palestine.

Bush Arrives In Israel For Start Of Middle East Trip
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
May 14, 2008 - 5:12pm

US President George W Bush has opened a celebratory visit to Israel where he'll make a new push for peace in the long-troubled Middle East. The president arrived in Tel Aviv and was flying by helicopter to Occupied Jerusalem for events marking the 60th anniversary of Israel's birth in the wake of the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews.  Bush says the Mideast is "the center of anti-Americanism and hatred" and that those who attacked the US on September 11 "came from this part of the world."

Five Palestinians Killed, Two Wounded In Israeli Airstrikes In Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
May 14, 2008 - 5:11pm

Two Palestinian civilians and three militants were killed Wednesday in Israeli military raids on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical officials said. One was a 17-year-old riding his bike, doctors added. At dawn Israeli troops pushed into southern Gaza to target rocket-launching squads, the army said. Two Palestinian militants were killed in airstrikes near the town of Khan Younis, Palestinian doctors said.

Gaza Rocket Strikes Israeli City, 14 Wounded
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Karin Laub - May 14, 2008 - 5:09pm

A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in a shopping center in this southern Israeli city Wednesday, wounding at least 14 people, as President Bush wrapped up talks in Jerusalem with Israel's prime minister. The attack raised the chances that Israel will send large numbers of ground forces into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip - something the army chief has reportedly decided he wants to do.

Peace Struggles Cloud Israel's Birthday
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Times
by Joshua Mitnick - May 14, 2008 - 5:08pm

When asked to assess Israel's geopolitical standing on its 60th birthday, lawmaker Yuval Steinitz crowed. By nearly every measure — military, economic, demographic — Israel's position has improved exponentially.

Latest Scandal Could Topple Olmert
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Richard Bourdreaux - May 14, 2008 - 5:08pm

Near the end of a visit to Israel in January, President Bush had some parting advice for senior members of its government: "Take care of Olmert." He had reason to worry. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, his partner in pursuing peace with the Palestinians, is the unpopular and vulnerable leader of a fractious coalition. "Israeli politics is like karate," Bush observed, according to participants at the private dinner. "You never know when the next chop will come."

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