NEWS: Egyptian military officials say “elements from Gaza” were involved in the recent attack on their soldiers in Sinai. Smugglers say the renewed closure of Gaza has sent prices soaring there, as Egyptian officials say they're planning to reopen the crossing soon. Israel claims Hezbollah smuggled explosives into northern Israel. Palestinians are angered by FM Lieberman's comments highly critical of Pres. Abbas. Abbas asks donors to fulfill their pledges to the PA, and reiterates that Palestinians are going to resume efforts at the UN even if that conflicts with the interests of others. Israel evacuates and dismantles a tiny “unauthorized” settlement outpost. The JTA profiles gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson. Palestinian homes in Israeli military “fire zones” in the occupied West Bank face demolition. COMMENTARY: The New York Times says Pres. Morsy must work with Israel to restore order in the Sinai Peninsula. Yaron Friedman says the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty needs to be revised to accomplish this. Khaled Abu Toameh says the Sinai attack is a disaster for Hamas. Osama Al Sharif says all parties -- Israel, Egypt and Hamas -- will have to play their part. The Daily Star says Gaza is paying dearly for the militarization of Sinai. Ruth Marcus says the social and political influence of the ultra-Orthodox is growing in Israel. Zvi Bar'el says Israel is about to take away one of the few remaining glimmers of hope for Palestinians living under occupation: Israel's court system, and Shaul Arieli says the proposals are part of a disturbing pattern. Yizhar Hess says Israel needs to address its own problems with religious freedom. Frank Jacobs tracks the history of mapping the "Holy Land." Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi says Fatah may be facing a Palestinian uprising against itself.

An Intifada in Fatah's Future
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Ideas Daily
by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi - (Opinion) August 2, 2012 - 12:00am

Could we soon begin to see the end of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a coherent Palestinian national movement? There is much evidence that appears to point in that direction. To begin with, it is apparent that there is a deep contradiction in the stance of Fatah and the PA. As Avi Issacharoff notes, they feel a need to glorify terrorists such as Dalal Mughrabi, who was one of the perpetrators of a massacre in 1978 that killed 37 Israelis.

The Elephant in the Map Room
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Frank Jacobs - (Opinion) August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

My better half: “Are you sure about this? They’ll kill you.” Me: “Sure I’m sure. You can hardly expect me to write a series called Borderlines, about the strange lines that people draw to distinguish ‘us’ from ‘them,’ and then finish it without discussing the border between Israel and Palestine.” Better half: “Do what you have to. But they are going to kill you.” Me, slightly apprehensive: “You mean metaphorically kill me, right?”

Reality and the rule of law
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shaul Arieli - (Opinion) August 8, 2012 - 12:00am

Anyone who seeks to undermine Israel's future as a democratic country and as the state of the Jewish people could find no better way to do so than to adopt the Levy Committee report. In fact, should the Israeli government adopt the committee's recommendations, it would constitute further proof of the political blindness and abandonment of the Zionist idea that seem to be the principles guiding this government in its management of the conflict with the Palestinians.

Was there an occupation?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Zvi Barel - (Opinion) August 8, 2012 - 12:00am

All told, what did the justice minister really want to do? Insert a small correction. Clerical. Fair, like most of the minister's ideas. Courts, he decided, cannot review claims that do not cite the identity card number or passport number of the plaintiff. Yet this is no naive directive. It is designed to nullify the basic rights of thousands of work migrants and residents from the territories. It will stop them from lodging claims in Israeli courts. One small step for bureaucracy, one giant leap for the occupation.

No religious freedom in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Yizhar Hess - (Opinion) August 8, 2012 - 12:00am

I am the son of a Yekke. My father was born in Germany. His parents, my grandparents, fled to Palestine just before the war broke out. Two doctors who did not speak the language and were out of a job. But order is order. Grandma was strict about everything, particularly words. "You don't talk just for the sake of talking," she used to say.

The ultra-Orthodox tighten their grip in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Ruth Marcus - (Opinion) August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

The rock hit Nili Philipp on the side of her helmet as she biked last year along the main road in this Jerusalem suburb. A few years earlier, the spitting had begun, as Philipp jogged on a road bordering an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood. Men called her names: Shikseh, the derogatory term for a Gentile woman. Prutzah, whore.

Gaza pays dearly
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
(Editorial) August 8, 2012 - 12:00am

The militarization of the Sinai by all kinds of extremist factions, as well as the spread of such parties inside Gaza, began under the nose of Hosni Mubarak, and has been going on in Gaza since Hamas took over the strip.

Battle for Sinai
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Osama Al-Sharif - (Opinion) August 8, 2012 - 12:00am

Egypt is going to war in a bid to reclaim sovereignty over Sinai. Its armed forces will fight to stop arms dealing, overcome rebellious bedouin tribes and chase out foreign jihadist infiltrators.  Sunday’s terrorist attack on a checkpoint along the Sinai-Israel border in which 16 Egyptian soldiers and officers were killed has triggered the biggest security operation by the Cairo government in years to end the state of lawlessness in the peninsula.

Morsy, Hamas and the short-lived honeymoon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - (Analysis) August 8, 2012 - 12:00am

For Hamas, the timing of Sunday night’s terror attack in Sinai could not have been worse. The attack, which resulted in the killing of 16 Egyptian border guards while they were enjoying the fast-breaking meal of Ramadan, took place just when it seemed that Hamas and Egypt were about to embark on a honeymoon. In fact, the terror attack has been a complete disaster for Hamas, both politically and economically.

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