Play On Corrie Takes The Us By Storm
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arabic Media Internet Network
by George S. Hishmeh - (Opinion) October 23, 2007 - 2:31pm

She is described as "the most talked about playwright in America today" but because she had cast her dice in support of the Palestinians her play, My Name is Rachel Corrie, is the target of vicious attacks by pro-Israeli elements in the country. Corrie did not actually write the play. She couldn't because she was crushed to death in March 2003 while blocking a 60-tonne Israeli-driven Caterpillar bulldozer that was planning to demolish a Palestinian home she was protecting in Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

George W. Bush's Flawed Peace Plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Shlomo Ben-ami - (Opinion) October 23, 2007 - 2:29pm

That a summit in Damascus of the Middle East's "axis of evil" - Iran, Hizbullah, Syria and Hamas - was convened immediately following President George W. Bush's call for a conference of "moderates" to promote an Israeli-Palestinian peace demonstrated once again how intertwined the region's problems are. The Damascus meeting reflected Iran's view of Israeli-Arab peace as a major strategic threat, because it would condemn Iran to isolation in a hostile Arab environment free of its conflict with Israel.

Hamas Chief Says Outside Forces Block Reconciliation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
October 23, 2007 - 11:26am

Exiled Hamas supremo Khaled Meshaal on Wednesday accused outside forces of trying to block reconciliation between his Islamist movement and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's secular Fatah party. He made his comments during a visit to Yemen, where he is due to hold talks with President Ali Abdallah Saleh on the situation in the Palestinian territories following Hamas's bloody takeover of the Gaza Strip in June.

Getting Hamas Strategy Right
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Israel Policy Forum
by David Dreilinger - (Opinion) October 23, 2007 - 11:24am

The contours of the ambitious new Bush administration strategy for dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are beginning to take shape. But not everyone is optimistic about the chances for success. According to supporters of the Bush approach, things are right on schedule. Bilateral consultations between Israelis and Palestinians – like the meeting in Jericho between Abbas and Olmert this past Monday – will start bearing fruit in the coming months, as both parties move past confidence-building steps and start to talk about the outlines of a Palestinian state.

Inside Gaza: Redemption Games
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Newsweek
by Kevin Peraino - (Special Report) October 23, 2007 - 11:23am

At the Game Zone video arcade in Gaza City, the most popular new attraction, according to its owner, Hamdi Abu Sido, is the "redemption machine." Winning involves using a joystick to successfully direct a mechanical puppet on a surf board—the "Shark Hunter"—to wave-riding glory. If you win, the machine spits out a string of white tickets printed with the word WONDERFUL that can be redeemed at the counter for prizes.

Israel: Missile Shield Before West Bank Pullout
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
October 23, 2007 - 11:05am

Defense Minister Ehud Barak says Israel must have a missile defense system in place to protect it from Palestinian rocket fire before it could carry out a large-scale pullback in the West Bank, an official said Wednesday. Military experts said it would take between two and a half and seven years to develop a system that would protect Israel from the type of crude rockets that Palestinian militants use.

Push For Mideast Peace Plan Gains Momentum Ahead Of Upcoming Summit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Nathan Guttman - October 23, 2007 - 11:04am

Israeli officials are giving the first signs that they are preparing for negotiations on a final-status peace agreement with the Palestinians. Both Israelis and Palestinians are readying for an international meeting set to discuss the Middle East conflict in November, but until now the Israelis have been wary of looking at this meeting as an entry point to final-status peace talks.

Restrictions On Palestinians Decried
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Samuel Sockol - (Special Report) October 23, 2007 - 11:02am

An Israeli human rights group charged Tuesday that Israel has used concrete barricades, fences, checkpoints and other measures to impose restrictions on Palestinian movement in the West Bank that are "unprecedented in scope and duration."

Don't Miss This Opportunity
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) October 23, 2007 - 11:01am

After seven bad years - years of terror, a diplomatic freeze, Hamas' victory in the Palestinian parliamentary elections and its takeover of Gaza - empty words about a "diplomatic horizon" and barren meetings between representatives of the parties are giving way to genuine diplomatic processes and practical plans for solving the conflict.

The Hebron Tactic
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - (Opinion) October 23, 2007 - 11:00am

For about 25 minutes, they behaved liked lords of the land: One man, followed later by a young guy, descended from Mitzpeh Yair, one of the unauthorized outposts in the southern Mt. Hebron area, and prevented a United Nations jeep from traveling. UN directives prohibit leaving the vehicle in such cases, in order to avoid an escalation of friction.

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