September 7th

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on statehood moves at U.N.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Edmund Sanders - (Interview) September 6, 2011 - 12:00am

Reporting from Jerusalem— Palestinians have everyone guessing about their next move.

In Sinai, Egypt should be tough but fair
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Masry Al-Youm
by Issandr El Amrani - (Opinion) September 6, 2011 - 12:00am

On 29 July, a group of around hundred armed men rode into the town of Arish in northern Sinai on motorbikes. They proceeded to attack the central police station, as well as a hospital morgue where they were reported to have taken a body of one of their own, before disappearing back into the desert.

Jewish groups say U.N. resolution is inevitable, but its wording isn’t set
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ron Kampeas - September 6, 2011 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- All but resigned to the inevitability of a Palestinian push for statehood at the United Nations later this month, Jewish groups are hoping that its effects can be blunted through aggressive diplomacy and the threat of action by the U.S. Congress.

Not Israel’s best times
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
by Osama Al-Sharif - (Opinion) September 6, 2011 - 12:00am

These are not Israel’s best times. A tussle with Turkey over a commando raid on a flotilla of aid-carrying ships heading to Gaza Strip last year in which nine Turkish citizens were killed, has just turned into a full-fledged diplomatic war. Ankara expelled the Israeli ambassador this week and vowed to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza at the International Court of Justice. Turkey’s main demand, that Israel issues an official apology for the naval attack, has been rejected — again — by Tel Aviv.

Israeli settlers vandalize IDF base in first 'price tag' act against army
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chaim Levinson - September 7, 2011 - 12:00am

Israeli settlers in the West Bank vandalized an Israel Defense Forces base on Wednesday, carrying out a "price tag" operation against the army for the first time since adopting the policy in recent years. Unknown perpetrators infiltrated a base in the Binyamin region and snuck their way to a mechanics workshop on site, where they slashed the tires and cut the cables of 12 army vehicles. The vandals sprayed the word "price tag" on the walls, as well as other graffiti referring to the three illegal homes demolished by the IDF in the outpost of Migron on Monday.

Analysis: Gates’s negative comments on Netanyahu
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Herb Keinon - (Analysis) September 7, 2011 - 12:00am

Anyone who has paid any attention to Israel-US ties since the start of the “Obibi” era in early 2009, when US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took power in their respective countries, knows well that this relationship has been anything but a honeymoon. Anyone who has paid any attention knows there are wide gaps in the way the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government view the world and the swiftly changing region.

Cash-strapped Palestinians cut pay in half for September
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Alertnet
by Tom Perry - September 6, 2011 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 6 (Reuters) - The Palestinian Authority will pay only half wages this month, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Tuesday, the second time in three months it has taken such a step because of a financial crisis it blames on donors failing to provide promised funds. Fayyad announced the half pay measure at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The Palestinian Authority took the same measure in July. Last month it paid full salaries but said its funding crisis had not been solved.

Obama 'star' of Palestinian ad
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Politico
by Mackenzie Weinger - September 7, 2011 - 12:00am

President Barack Obama is the unlikely star of a new Palestinian media campaign. Part of a speech Obama gave in 2010 to the United Nations General Assembly is featured in an ad aimed to rally support for the Palestinians upcoming bid for statehood at the United Nations on Sept. 20, Reuters reported on Wednesday. “When we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that can lead to a new member of the United Nations, an independent, sovereign state of Palestine living in peace with Israel,” Obama said in the 2010 speech in the clip that is played in the radio ad.

Hope in the Sinai
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Daniel Nisman - (Opinion) September 5, 2011 - 12:00am

Despite the post-revolution lawlessness currently gripping the Middle East’s most populous nation, the Egyptian government’s actions in Sinai prove that it is still very much in control of the country, even if a transition to real democracy eventually proves to be wishful thinking on the part of the international community.

Palestinians deploy Obama speech in UN campaign
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
by Tom Perry - September 7, 2011 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH (Reuters) - US President Barack Obama is an unlikely participant in a Palestinian campaign to drum up support for a bid to win UN recognition of their statehood -- a diplomatic move opposed by both his administration and Israel. But as part of an official media campaign begun this week, Palestinians have pulled from the archive some words spoken by Obama during the 2010 UN General Assembly, in which he alluded to the prospect of a Palestinian state joining the world body.

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