August 15th

Timely American Wisdom
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Rami G. Khouri - August 15, 2008 - 3:15pm

Few observers expect the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli negotiations between the governments of Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert to achieve any significant breakthrough during the remaining months of President George W. Bush’s term. One reason for the low expectations from the negotiations spawned by the Annapolis meeting in the United States last November is the low-key mediating role of the United States itself.

Rocket From Gaza Hits Southern Israel: Police
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
August 15, 2008 - 3:13pm

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Friday but caused no injuries or damage, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the rocket struck near Sderot, a town often targeted by militants. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Rocket attacks have become rare since an Egyptian-brokered truce took effect in June. Earlier this week, Israel closed its border crossings with the Hamas-controlled territory, saying it did so in response to a similar attack.

Lawyers To Us Witness Against Olmert - Stay Home
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
August 15, 2008 - 3:12pm

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AP) - Lawyers for Morris Talansky have recommended that he refuse to come back to Israel to testify in a corruption case against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, according to a letter released Thursday. The American businessman already gave direct testimony and then was questioned at length by Olmert’s attorneys. Talansky told the court he gave Olmert envelopes stuffed with tens of thousands of dollars before he became prime minister.

Israel 'worry' At Settler Attacks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bbc News
August 15, 2008 - 3:10pm

Israeli security officials are reported to have raised concerns about an increase in violence by Jewish settlers in the West Bank. The Israeli Haaretz newspaper said officials had found an increase in incidents of settlers causing harm to Palestinians and to Israeli soldiers. There were 429 incidents in the first half of 2008, against 551 in 2007. There are frequent reports of settlers harassing Palestinians, with two attacks recently captured on video. These have been widely broadcast and have brought the issue to greater prominence.

Behind The Scenes: Blindfolded For Trip To Gaza Rocket Factory
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Cnn
by Paula Hancocks - (Commentary) August 15, 2008 - 3:09pm

(CNN) -- It starts with a phone call at 8:30 p.m. as we are sitting down to dinner in Gaza City. The PRC tells us to be at a certain place in half an hour; they are training. No further details. After a phone call to our Jerusalem bureau chief to weigh up the risks, we all decide it is rare enough an opportunity not to be missed.We grab our equipment and jump into the armored car.

August 14th

CNN correspondent Paula Hancock visits the training facilities and rocket factories of The Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza (1). Israeli security officials are reportedly disturbed by the increase in violence by Jewish settlers in the West Bank (2). A rocket fired from Gaza lands in southern Israel but causes no injuries or damage (4). Protest against the separation barrier in the West Bank town of Naalin continues (10). Jordan restores relations with Hamas following a series of meetings in Amman (11).

11 Injured In Anti-fence Protest In Naalin
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - August 14, 2008 - 4:41pm

Eleven demonstrators were injured Thursday afternoon during an anti-fence demonstration in the West Bank village of Naalin, near Modiin. According to the Palestinians, most of the protestors were wounded by rubber bullets, while a Swedish national was beaten and her leg was broken. She was evacuated for medical treatment at a village clinic. Dozens of demonstrators – Palestinians and Israeli and foreign left-wing activists – took part in the rally in protest of the separation fence being constructed on the village's lands. One protestor was arrested.

Arab Security Forces In Palestinian Territories
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed - August 14, 2008 - 4:36pm

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has sought help and called for the deployment of an Arab security force in the [Palestinian] Authority's [PA] territories to perform two missions: The first is to help the Palestinians establish security which has deteriorated further because of the clashes with Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the second is to build up and train the Palestinian security forces. Here, unusually, I agree with Hamas that the plan is impractical and doomed to failure and might complicate further the conflicts and relations between all the parties.

The Palestinian Icon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by George S. Hishmeh - (Opinion) August 14, 2008 - 4:33pm

The last time Arab masses (and Mideast watchers) were mesmerised was when they heard that Jamal Abdul Nasser, the popular Egyptian president, passed away prematurely in 1970 - an event that changed the political climate in the Middle East and presaged the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. At present, these same audiences were shocked by the untimely death last Saturday of Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian icon whose poetry and prose has captivated the entire region in the last 40 years. He was only 67 years old.

Palestinian Officials Explain Olmert Peace Plan To The Media Line
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Abd Al-karim Shweiki - August 14, 2008 - 4:30pm

[Ramallah and Jerusalem] Publication on Tuesday by the Israeli daily Haaretz of details of Prime Minister Olmert's peace offer to the Palestinians triggered a rush of assertions and denials playing out in media.

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