November 4th

Deputy FM: Israel won't cooperate with UNESCO
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
November 3, 2010 - 12:00am

"Israel has no intention of cooperating with UNESCO," Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told the Knesset on Wednesday in response to the world culture organization's decision to characterize the site of Rachel's Tomb as a Muslim mosque. "We should see the organization's call to remove the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb from the list of Israel's national sites as part of Palestinian escalation in international organizations," he said.

Poll: Gazans disappointed with Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Roee Nahmias - November 3, 2010 - 12:00am

A recent poll conducted in Gaza has revealed a sharp drop in support for Hamas, but the ruling Islamist movement is preventing the survey's publication, the state-run Egyptian daily Al-Ahram reported Wednesday. A random survey of about 1,000 Gazans revealed a sharp decrease in support for the activities of Hamas' security services and indicated dissatisfaction with the performance of the Hamas government's offices and the Palestinian factions.

'Israel's aggressive policies threaten peace talks'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
November 4, 2010 - 12:00am

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Kuwait on Wednesday, following a visit to Bahrain earlier in the week as part of a tour of the Gulf region to "exchange views with brotherly leaders and the region on the latest developments of the Palestinian question," Kuwait News Agency reported. According to the report, Abbas praised Kuwaiti support for the Palestinian people, saying "Kuwaiti-Palestinian relations are historical and excellent. It is a great honor for us that the Fatah movement was launched in Kuwait."

Historic move to expose Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by George S. Hishmeh - (Opinion) November 4, 2010 - 12:00am

A recent meeting in the Vatican of some 200 Catholic bishops, mainly from the Arab world, will very likely go down in history for adopting the strongest condemnation by Christian church leaders of present-day Israeli policies and actions.

PA’s path to independence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Daoud Kuttab - (Opinion) November 4, 2010 - 12:00am

I can see the path to the state of Palestine. And education is an integral part of it. Palestinians have always prided themselves on being among the highest educated among all Arabs, but if this was true in the past, it is not true anymore, and it is certainly not true for Palestinians in the occupied territories.

November 3rd

Defying Israeli restrictions, Palestinians renovate and rededicate schools in occupied East Jerusalem. Egypt¹s intelligence chief arrives in Israel. Israeli soldiers shoot a mentally disabled Palestinian in Gaza. PLO officials say dissolving the PA is an option. Jewish-Arab relations in Israel hit a new low. Xinhua interviews Nabil Shaath. Israeli tour guides once again are operating in Palestinian-controlled areas. Gaza children work to support their families. Ha¹aretz looks at how the GOP win in the House will impact Middle East policies, though the State Department insists there will be no change. Yossi Sarid says Israel has no answer to PM Fayyad¹s moderate policies. The UK Foreign Secretary will break protocol and meet Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem. An Israeli town moves to restrict home sales to Palestinians. DM Barak says negotiations will restart after the US elections. Yonatan Preminger says Israel does not want peace. Israel¹s outgoing military intelligence chief says its next wars will be more difficult. The Independent profiles FM Lieberman.

Why Salam Fayyad is Israel's public enemy number one
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Sarid - (Opinion) November 3, 2010 - 12:00am

Benjamin Netanyahu marches from victory to victory. After beating the U.S. president, he returned and bested the Palestinian prime minister, who Tuesday skipped a scheduled visit in East Jerusalem. Salam Fayyad is public enemy number one in Israel these days. We proscribe him, because the world finds him praiseworthy. Fayyad is not corrupt, and that's a problem. He's not even a hedonist, apparently. He is pleasant, his cheeks stubble-free - altogether nicer and less threatening than Yasser, say.

British foreign secretary to meet Palestinian activists in East Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - November 3, 2010 - 12:00am

British Foreign Secretary William Hague will on Wednesday meet with a group of Palestinian activists campaigning against Israel's West Bank barrier, as part of a tour of Jerusalem. Hague, a rightwing Conservative minister in the United Kingdom's coalition government, was scheduled to arrive in Israel late Tuesday for a trip for secret roundtable discussions on the Iranian nuclear program with a long list top Israeli officials.

Carmiel initiative tries to prevent home sales to Arabs
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
November 3, 2010 - 12:00am

Carmiel's local paper is running an ad calling on residents of the "Jewish, Zionist city" to email anonymous information on home sales to Arabs. "I side with keeping the Jewish Zionist character of Carmiel intact," says Deputy Mayor Oren Milstein. Demographic Test We need more Jews / Lawrence J. Epstein Op-ed: Both Israel, US Jewish community must implement population growth methods Full Story

How will the Republican-controlled House affect U.S.-Israel ties?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Natasha Mozgovaya - November 3, 2010 - 12:00am

The Republican's victory in the House of Representatives on Tuesday leaves many in Israel wondering whether President Barack Obama's stymied domestic agenda will encourage him to concentrate more on foreign policy, including the Middle East peace process.

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