What Olmert's Exit Means For Peace Talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Chicago Tribune
by Joel Greenberg - July 31, 2008 - 3:51pm

Despite his vows to overcome corruption allegations and to work with the Bush administration to conclude a Middle East peace deal, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert bowed to the inevitable Wednesday.

Olmert To Quit After Elections In September
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - July 31, 2008 - 3:49pm

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, embroiled in a high-profile corruption investigation, announced on Wednesday that he would resign after his party chose a new leader in September elections. The televised announcement injected new uncertainty into Israeli politics and the Middle East peace effort, coming just as Mr. Olmert has been intensifying negotiations with the Palestinian Authority as well as Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's announcement that he will resign in September leaves the future of the peace process uncertain (1) (2) (4) (9). The construction of twenty new settler homes in the West Bank is approved by the Israel Defense Ministry (3). An autopsy concludes that the ten year old Palestinian boy who was killed yesterday by Israeli forces was shot by live fire (5), while thousands turn out for his funeral in the West Bank (7). Three way peace talks with high-level negotiating teams begin today in Washington (8).

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