October 28th

Behind Bars, Palestinians Find Love, Marriage
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Omar Ghraieb - (Analysis) October 27, 2011 - 12:00am

He was from Fatah and she was from Hamas, the two rival Palestinian movements. They were both serving multiple life sentences. They had participated in killings – she for her role in a Jerusalem restaurant bombing, he in connection with the killing of an Israeli. As lovers go they could not have been more star crossed, yet Nezar and Ahlam Al Tammimi met, fell in love, got engaged and finally married while they were sitting in Israeli jails. Both were among some 450 Palestinian prisoners swapped for Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit last week.

The Palestinian struggle at a crossroads
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Arabiya
by Dawoud Abu Lebdeh - (Opinion) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

The Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange last week was a very emotional moment for thousands of Palestinians who were reunited with family members they had not seen for years. But it came at a price. Some of the public perceive the prisoner release deal as an achievement for Hamas’ militant approach, a success story that Palestinian diplomatic efforts and negotiations with Israel have not yet been able to deliver.

Kadima source: Livni undermined peace talks with Palestinians during Olmert's term
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Verter - (Analysis) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's autobiography indicates that former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni undermined a potential peace agreement with the Palestinians during Ehud Olmert's term as prime minister, according to a senior Kadima source. Two and a half years after ending their troubled relationship as prime minister and foreign minister, tensions have again flared between Olmert and Livni.

Post Script: No harm in thinking
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Hirsh Goodman - (Opinion) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Those who argue that America should reconsider its military aid package to Israel have a point.

Fatah fires senior member for criminal, financial charges
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Xiong Tong - (Analysis) October 27, 2011 - 12:00am

The Fatah party has officially fired a senior member for criminal and financial charges, a source from the party said Thursday. The decision to fire Mohammed Dahlan, the former head of the Palestinian National Authority's forces in the Gaza Strip, was supported by 76 members of Fatah's revolutionary council, a member of the council told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Thirteen members voted against the decision while seven refused to vote.

There must be another way
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Uri Savir - (Opinion) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Last Tuesday was one of the most emotional days in Israel’s modern history. Virtually the entire nation was moved to its core at the sight of the young, frail Gilad Schalit making his way to freedom after almost five-and-a-half years in Hamas captivity. It touched on the nation’s fundamental values of the sanctity of life, especially in this case of a young soldier, sent by his government and cared for by his family who struggled with tremendous dignity to rescue their son and found a place in almost every Israeli heart.

In the Holy Land, a changed Christian world
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Statesman
by Matti Friedman - (Analysis) October 27, 2011 - 12:00am

The schedules for Mass at the two Roman Catholic churches in Jaffa, on Israel's Mediterranean coast, reveal a change that has dramatically, if quietly, altered the face of Christianity in the Holy Land.

How not to solve the Bedouin problem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Opinion) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent order to Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman to find ways to retroactively legalize illegal outposts on privately held Palestinian land should surprise no one familiar with the coalition's contempt for Palestinians and our legal system: If we can't have Greater Israel, at least we can have Lesser Palestine. But the government's legal arsenal is also being deployed against another target - Israel's Bedouin citizens in the Negev.

Abbas must choose to seek peace deal with Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yoel Marcus - (Opinion) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

In a manner reminiscent of the popular movie "Free Willy," a new script is being written, tentatively entitled "Free Mahmoud Abbas." As a result of the Hamas "victory," the IDF wants to strengthen Mahmoud Abbas via a series of gestures. Haaretz's editorial page has recommended that Netanyahu listen to the army's recommendation, as though Abbas deserves compensation for the wholesale prisoner release won by Hamas.

Abbas says to discuss PA fate with Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Alternet
by Tom Perry - (Analysis) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

President Mahmoud Abbas plans to discuss the fate of the Palestinian Authority with his rivals Hamas next month, raising questions over its future with the peace process at a dead end. The remarks make clear Abbas is seriously mulling the future of the Palestinian Authority (PA), which was set up as a state-in-waiting 17 years ago but is now seen by critics as compromised body that eases the burden of occupation for Israel.

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