The NYT says Israel is right to cooperate with the UN investigation into the flotilla attack. Rocket attacks show how militants could use Sinai. Andy Zelleke and Robert Dujarric say the price of an Israeli attack on Iran may be a Palestinian state. Occupation forces shoot a Palestinian worker in Gaza. The PA says growth is dependent on international donors. Three Lebanese soldiers and a journalist are killed by Israeli troops at the border. Israel approves 40 new settlement apartments in occupied East Jerusalem. Pres. Abbas declines to set a date for direct talks. PM Netanyahu says he made no commitments to the US on direct talks. Palestinian activists ask female protesters to dress modestly. Americans for Peace Now launches a video campaign against settlement construction. Building in Gaza is focusing more on recreation than reconstruction. Israel allows a convoy of 250 trucks into Gaza. Gershon Baskin says hope must continue for peace. The last Palestinian kaffiyeh factory struggles to survive. Daphna Baram says liberal Israelis may soon face prosecution. Leslie Susser says “one-state” proposals from the Israeli right are a ploy to prevent ending the occupation. Joseph Mayton says Gaza's plight also presents opportunities.

The NYT says Israel is right to cooperate with the UN investigation into the flotilla attack. Rocket attacks show how militants could use Sinai. Andy Zelleke and Robert Dujarric say the price of an Israeli attack on Iran may be a Palestinian state. Occupation forces shoot a Palestinian worker in Gaza. The PA says growth is dependent on international donors. Three Lebanese soldiers and a journalist are killed by Israeli troops at the border. Israel approves 40 new settlement apartments in occupied East Jerusalem. Pres. Abbas declines to set a date for direct talks. PM Netanyahu says he made no commitments to the US on direct talks. Palestinian activists ask female protesters to dress modestly. Americans for Peace Now launches a video campaign against settlement construction. Building in Gaza is focusing more on recreation than reconstruction. Israel allows a convoy of 250 trucks into Gaza. Gershon Baskin says hope must continue for peace. The last Palestinian kaffiyeh factory struggles to survive. Daphna Baram says liberal Israelis may soon face prosecution. Leslie Susser says “one-state” proposals from the Israeli right are a ploy to prevent ending the occupation. Joseph Mayton says Gaza's plight also presents opportunities.

Five killed in Lebanese-Israeli border clash
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
August 2, 2010 - 11:00pm


Israeli and Lebanese troops fought a rare cross-border skirmish on Tuesday that killed four Lebanese and an Israeli officer in the most serious violence along the frontier since a 2006 war. The Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah group, which battled Israel in the war four years ago, took no part in the exchange of fire. There was no sign of any extensive Israeli preparations for a large-scale operation -- an early indication the clash might not trigger a wider conflict.


New Gaza leisure projects focus on fun not hardship
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
August 1, 2010 - 11:00pm


New leisure projects and restaurants have been springing up in the Gaza Strip, some partially funded by Hamas Islamists ruling a territory long seen as a symbol of Palestinian hardship. The construction boom in recreational facilities has prompted some Palestinians in the enclave to complain that Hamas should have channelled such investment into rebuilding homes and infrastructure destroyed in conflict with Israel. Some 800 visitors a day flock to Al-Bustan, a resort built by a Hamas-linked charity, to enjoy its swimming pools, restaurants and cafes.


U.S. group launches campaign against West Bank settlement construction
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Natasha Mozgovaya - August 1, 2010 - 11:00pm


Americans for Peace Now, a sister group to the dovish Israeli group Peace Now, has announced the launching a unique campaign on Monday, meant to sway public opinion against containing settlement construction. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the construction freeze West Bank settlements, due to expire on September 26, in last November, after months of pressure from the Obama administration, and following a Palestinian refusal to begin talks without one.


Pro-Palestinian activists welcome, but leave the tank tops at home
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Tsafi Saar - August 2, 2010 - 11:00pm


Tank tops, it turns out, can be the focus of a raging debate, both feminist and nationalist. The setting: an impressive protest that takes place every Friday in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem. Palestinians and Jews demonstrate together against the eviction of Palestinian families and attempts to evict even more residents from the site where they have lived for generations, in order to replace them with Israeli settlers.


ATFP Senior Fellow Joins Panel on Arab League Approval of Direct Negotiations on Al Hura
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - August 2, 2010 - 11:00pm

On Al Hura's show Free Hour, ATFP Senior Fellow Hussein Ibish joined Israeli policy analyst Sholmo Ganor and Egyptian policy and strategy analyst Imad Jad to discuss the Arab League's approval of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The show was taped on July 29, the day of the Arab League decision.


Economy minister: Growth contingent on donor whims
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
August 2, 2010 - 11:00pm


The development of the Palestinian economy is dependent on donor countries, and its growth follows the political whims of the region, Palestinian Authority Minister of National Economy Hasan Abu Libda told Ma'an. "The money received from donor countries is the oxygen for Palestinian economy. However, this money is contingent on the political process, so it in effect acts as a sword hanging over our heads," Abu Libda explained during an interview on Ma'an Radio Sunday.


Israeli forces fire on Gaza workers, injuring 1
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
August 2, 2010 - 11:00pm


A young Gaza man was injured by Israeli fire east of Beit Hanoun on Tuesday, reportedly while he was gathering cement aggregates from the border area. Medical services coordinator for the de facto government Adham Abu Salmiyeh identified the man as 22-year-old Bilal Ibrahim Obeid, saying he was hit in the shoulder and was moderately injured. Witnesses said Obeid was standing with a group of men collecting small particles of cement for use in construction and sale to the cement recycling plant in Gaza City. Israeli military officials were not immediately available for comment.


Price for a potential Israeli strike on Iran? A Palestinian state.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Robert Dujarric, Andy Zelleke - August 2, 2010 - 11:00pm


Against the backdrop of new sanctions on Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upbeat Oval Office visit in July, neither Washington nor Jerusalem can be eager to add another war to the long list of hot and warm conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Korea, and Gaza. But with the American intelligence community judging Iran to be on track to have nuclear weapons within two years, a clash with Tehran may soon be deemed unavoidable – in Jerusalem, if not in Washington.



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