Peres: Arab peace plan - a serious opening for real progress
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shlomo Shamir - November 12, 2008 - 8:00pm

President Shimon Peres told world leaders on Wednesday at an interfaith dialogue in New York that the Arab peace initiative must be seriously considered as "a serious opening for real progress" in Middle East peace. The proposal, initiated by Saudi Arabia in 2002 and ratified by Arab foreign ministers last year in Damascus, offers pan-Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for Israel's withdrawal from Arab lands c Advertisement aptured in 1967. (click here to read Peres' entire speech)

New 'pro-Israel, pro-peace' lobby J Street hopes for Obama-era growth
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Natasha Mozgovaya - November 12, 2008 - 8:00pm

Will the "Obama effect" that enabled Democratic candidates to ride the party's presidential candidate into Congress also contribute toward changing the map of Jewish influence on Capitol Hill? J Street, the "pro-Israel, pro-peace" lobbying group and Political Action Committee (PAC) formed just last April and seen as the left's answer to the veteran American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is counting on it.

Labor won't join coalition not interested in advancing peace talks, says Barak
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - November 12, 2008 - 8:00pm

Labor Party chairman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that his faction had no intention of joining a coalition government uninterested in advancing the peace process with Palestinians. The statement, issued by the Labor Party chairman's office, came after Haaretz reported that he has refused to promise that Labor would not join a government headed by Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu after the February elections.

UN: Israel's border closures leave us with no food for Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - November 12, 2008 - 1:00am

The United Nations on Thursday warned its stocks had run so low that it would not be able to make its next delivery of food to 750,000 needy Gazans on Saturday. "We've been working here from hand to mouth for quite a long time, so these interruptions on the crossing points affect us immediately," said John Ging, director of UN Relief and Works Agency operations in Gaza.

Mayor-elect vows to keep Jerusalem occupied
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
November 12, 2008 - 8:00pm

A secular tycoon celebrating his election as Occupied Jerusalem mayor on Wednesday vowed to turn the holy city into a world metropolis and bolster its illegal status as Israel's "undivided" capital. Nir Barkat won 52 percent of the vote in Tuesday's poll, routing an ultra-Orthodox rabbi, a scandal-plagued Russian-Israeli arms dealer and a pro-cannabis candidate. Media hailed his triumph as a secular revolution after five years under ultra-Orthodox Mayor Uri Lupolianski.

Gaza security costs girl her dream
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
by Donald MacIntyre - November 12, 2008 - 1:00am

An outstanding Palestinian student has lost her best chance of realising a burning ambition to study medicine in Britain because she was trapped in Gaza until it was just a day too late to take a crucial written exam in Jordan. Last week Diana Alsadi, 18, was supposed to take the Cambridge biomedical exam that is required by those who want to study at the top four UK medical schools.

Israel lauds Saudi peace plan before King Abdullah
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Louis Charbonneau - November 12, 2008 - 8:00pm

Israeli President Shimon Peres seized the rare opportunity of being in the same hall as Saudi King Abdullah on Wednesday to praise a Saudi peace initiative that he said had brought hope to the Middle East. Addressing a special high-level U.N. General Assembly meeting on dialogue between different religions, Peres termed some of the language in an Arab peace proposal based on the Saudi initiative "inspirational and promising -- a serious opening for real progress."

UN suspends food distribution in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
November 12, 2008 - 8:00pm

The United Nations announced it was suspending food distribution to half of Gaza's 1.5 million people on Thursday after Israel failed to allow emergency supplies into the Palestinian territory. Israel had said it would allow 30 trucks to deliver supplies to Gaza on Thursday after it sealed off the Gaza Strip on November 5, but later said rocket and mortar fire by Gaza militants made it impossible to do so. "They have told us the crossings are closed today. At the end of today we will suspend our food distribution," said UN Relief and Works Agency spokesman Chris Gunness.

Deadly Gaza Border Clash Threatens Truce
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - November 12, 2008 - 8:00pm

Four Hamas gunmen were killed in a clash with Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border on Wednesday, further testing a shaky truce that took effect in June. The Israeli military said in a statement that its forces had identified a group of gunmen trying to place an explosive device near the border fence, leading to an exchange of fire. Four of the gunmen were fatally hit and an Israeli soldier was lightly wounded, the statement said.

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