September 7th

Egypt: Peace will 'cost' world $50B
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Roee Nahmias - September 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Peace with a hefty price? Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Tuesday that a future peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will "cost" the world between $40 and $50 billion. Speaking with Cairo's official news agency, Aboul Gheit said the amount will allow the fledgling Palestinian state to sustain itself, and offer the Palestinians some compensation for lands and services lost. In reference to the settlement freeze, which is scheduled to end on September 26, Aboul Gheit said that the subject will be "the first test to Israel earnest in the process."

A condition for peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shaul Arieli - (Opinion) September 7, 2010 - 12:00am

In light of the Palestinians' acceptance of a land swap, the battle over the construction freeze in the settlements is not a struggle for their very existence, since most of them and their residents will be annexed to Israel in any agreement. The battle over the construction freeze is a battle for perception in Israel and abroad - between Greater Israel on the one hand and two states for two peoples on the other. So this battle is important for the existence of the diplomatic process.

Israeli FM pushes for new settlement construction
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Statesman
by Matti Friedman - September 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Israel's hard-line foreign minister said Monday that his party will try to block any extension of Israel's settlement slowdown, a move that could derail the recently launched Mideast peace negotiations. Avigdor Lieberman said the Israeli government must keep its promise to voters that the 10-month slowdown, declared last November under U.S. pressure in order to draw the Palestinians to the negotiating table, will end as scheduled at the end of the month.

Israel PM sees deal possible in year, spokesman
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Allyn Fisher-Ilan - September 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told visiting U.S. congressmen he thinks it could be possible to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians in a year despite huge differences, his spokesman said. Netanyahu told the visiting delegation that he "believes it possible, through such direct and contiguous negotiations, held without breaks or delays, to achieve a peace agreement within a year", spokesman Nir Hefez said on Monday.

Top Abbas aide: We're trying to reach deal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
by Nasser Laham - September 7, 2010 - 12:00am

If there is one man on the Palestinian side capable of assessing the prospects of these new direct talks between Israel and the PLO, it is President Mahmoud Abbas' top aide and spokesman. Known as "the black box" due to his vantage point as presidential spokesman for the administrations of both Abbas and former president Yasser Arafat, Nabil Abu Rudaineh has shadowed the Ramallah leadership for more than a decade.

Israeli-Palestinian talks: How to keep saboteurs at bay
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Clayton Jones - (Blog) September 3, 2010 - 12:00am

In coming weeks, if all goes well, the spotlight in the Middle East will be on direct talks that started Thursday between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). The two sides promise to meet every two weeks. But beware. Sabotage of the talks began even before they were launched in Washington. The likely aim? The derailing of any peace deal that creates a Palestinian state, a result known as the two-state solution.

Middle East peace talks, and the problem of land
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Todd Gitlin, Liel Leibowitz - (Opinion) September 5, 2010 - 12:00am

The latest round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which began this week in Washington, leaves even the most loquacious Middle East experts without much to say. No bold offers have emerged from either side, and President Obama has yet to show the blend of grit, gregariousness and ingenuity that made Bill Clinton an effective mediator. All we can expect with certainty are more bouts of brinksmanship.

Abbas asks US to intervene in dispute with Israel over settlement restrictions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Mohammed Daraghmeh - September 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he has asked the U.S. to settle a dispute with Israel over settlement expansion that is threatening to derail Mideast peace talks. Israel's 10-month partial freeze on new construction in West Bank settlements ends Sept. 26, and Israeli officials have indicated they will not extend the freeze as is. Abbas has said he'll quit peace talks with Israel unless the restrictions remain in place. Abbas said late Monday that he has asked the U.S. "to intervene in the settlement issue."

Hamas attacks show group is still strong in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Janine Zacharia - September 3, 2010 - 12:00am

Deadly drive-by shootings by Hamas gunmen this week proved that the Palestinian militant group can still operate in the West Bank when its leadership demands, despite a sustained crackdown by Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Hamas has pledged to follow up on the attacks, which appeared timed to the re-launch in Washington of direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian Authority upset over Ahmadinejad's criticism of Mideast peace talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Maher Abukhater - (Blog) September 5, 2010 - 12:00am

WEST BANK For a long time, statements by Iranian leaders about the Palestinian conflict have upset the Palestinian Authority and drew harsh criticism. This was evident again on Saturday, as the Palestinian Authority reacted to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's criticism of its participation in last week's Washington meeting with Israel to reopen peace talks. Ahmadinejad lambasted Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas for meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He said Abbas was a hostage of Israel and that the talks were doomed.

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