Eu To Expand Police Mission In Palestinian Territories
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Kuwait News Agency (kuna)
June 23, 2008 - 3:27pm

The European Union announced Monday that it intends to expand its police mission for the Palestinian Territories, called EUPOL COPPS, in the area of the criminal justice system. "Expanding the mission is a decision already taken and has been accepted by all the parties," EU Special Representative for the Middle East peace process, Marc Otte, told a press conference here today. "We are now in the process of working on the administrative elements for the mission and recruiting people," he noted.

Poll: 77% Of Arabs Say Won't Replace Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Reuven Weiss - June 23, 2008 - 3:18pm

Seventy-seven percent of the State of Israel's Arab citizens would rather live in the Jewish state than in any other country in the world, according to a new study titled "Coexistence in Israel ". The survey was conducted by the John Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with the assistance of researchers from Haifa University. The study was aimed at examining the relations between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens on the State's 60th anniversary, and included 1,721 respondents.

The Strategic Context
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bitterlemons
by Yossi Alpher - June 23, 2008 - 3:12pm

From the standpoint of the Israeli security community as well as PM Ehud Olmert, the Gaza ceasefire that began last week is essentially a tactical move. By and large, they continue to assess that eventually there will be a major Israeli military offensive into the Gaza Strip, aimed at destroying or seriously weakening Hamas. Hence the ceasefire reflects primarily short-term calculations such as ways to free Gilad Shalit, Egyptian pressures, the outcry from the bombarded residents of the Gaza periphery region and Olmert's own political needs.

Palestine: Lull Before The Storm?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Middle East Times
by Maria Appakova - June 23, 2008 - 3:10pm

A six-month ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, or an "agreement on a lull" as it is phrased in Arabic, came into effect on June 19. But both sides seem pessimistic about the future. So if this agreement does not lead to peace, why is it needed? "The lull" is even less than a truce, let alone talks leading to peace agreements. Few believe it will last for half a year.

The Calm: The Natural And The Pretentious
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Dar Al Hayat
by Mohammad Salah - (Opinion) June 23, 2008 - 3:06pm

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will be in Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday to meet Egyptian President Husni Mubarak. There is nothing new in this and what matters is the outcome of the meeting; a new agreement for a calm between the Palestinians and Israel. This would not be the first calm between the two and it will not be the last. The tension at the border crossings has significantly calmed down and the ability of the Palestinians to cross has significantly improved with the easing of the siege.

Exile, Exclusion, And Isolation – The Palestinian Exile Experience
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Karen Koning Abuzayd - June 23, 2008 - 3:05pm

The horrors of World War II gave impetus to a quest for universal peace, justice and human dignity, with the United Nations at the fore. It is a disturbing commentary on our quest that as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Palestinians mark six decades of what they refer to as the Nakbeh, or catastrophe, with many languishing in conditions of exile, exclusion and isolation.

France's Sarkozy Offers In Israel To Broker Peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Francois Murphy - June 23, 2008 - 3:03pm

French President Nicolas Sarkozy put himself forward on Monday as a possible Middle East peace broker, offering in a speech to Israel's parliament to help reach agreement and mobilize French troops if necessary. "I ask you to trust us because we want to help you," said Sarkozy, the first French president to address the Knesset since Francois Mitterrand in 1982.

Israeli Army Abuses Palestinian Prisoners: Group
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
June 23, 2008 - 3:01pm

An Israeli anti-torture watchdog said in a report on Sunday Israeli soldiers routinely abuse bound Palestinian detainees and it accused the military of "absolute indifference" towards such mistreatment. The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) said its findings were based on 90 detailed accounts from Palestinians as well as from soldiers who witnessed the abuse and were concerned over the army's failure to stop it.

Frustration In Gaza Despite Slight Easing Of Blockade
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
by Joseph Krauss - June 23, 2008 - 2:59pm

Dozens of Palestinian lorry drivers waited to load their goods in the scorching sun as Israel started to ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip on Sunday. The decision to increase the amount of humanitarian goods allowed into the besieged territory came after an Egyptian-mediated truce between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement held for a fourth day. More than 50 empty trucks lined the road on the Gaza side of the Sufa crossing as Israeli hauliers unloaded goods on the other side. Many of the drivers said they had been waiting for more than 24 hours.

Answering Attacks With Smiles And Smileys
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Inter Press Service (IPS)
by Nora Barrows-friedman - June 23, 2008 - 2:55pm

East of Beit Sahour in Ush Ghrab, the tree line stops and the bronze, rocky desert begins. In a flat clearing on this hilltop, a small, abandoned military post is being slowly transformed from an assorted collection of cement-grey barracks into a virtual oasis for the region's children, families and tourists. A former watchtower now has bright flowers painted on the roof; what was once a stark administrative office is now painted blue and pink, with a sign above the entrance reading 'The Nest Café' in red block letters.

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