Rice meets Olmert in peace push
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
August 25, 2008 - 8:00pm

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has met Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ahead of three-way talks aimed at a Mid-East peace agreement. The visit is her seventh to the region since the Annapolis meeting where the Israelis and Palestinians agreed to push for a deal by the end of 2008. Ms Rice has played down the possibility that details of an interim agreement might be published next month. She said the talks were "intensive" amid heavy doubts a deal can be agreed.

Israel Group Reports Sharp Increases in Settlement Activity
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Ethan Bronner - August 25, 2008 - 8:00pm

Peace Now, the Israeli advocacy group, said in a report released Tuesday that in the last year Israel had nearly doubled its settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, in violation of its obligations under an American-backed peace plan. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in Jerusalem on a short visit to help Israeli and Palestinian leaders in their negotiations, said when asked about the report that she had told Israeli officials that such building did not advance the cause of peace.

The faulty pleasant approach
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Uzi Benziman - (Opinion) August 26, 2008 - 8:00pm

Underwear was among the many things the United States supplied Israel during the Yom Kippur War. This urgent shipment was somewhat ironic: It completely contradicted the dominant ethos of the previous 15 years and found expression in Haim Hefer's song "Cannons instead of socks." Hefer's lyrics, sung by the Nahal troupe, were part empathy and part criticism of the soldier's willingness to give up comfort and clothing for another gun and another tank.

Israel’s political limbo is just as thorny for Rice
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - December 31, 1969 - 8:00pm

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may have arrived in Israel with the intention of advancing talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but her meetings have also dealt with trying to understand Israel's political limbo. An Israeli government source said a key issue Rice's aides discussed with their Israeli counterparts was what happens the day after the Kadima party primary.

IDF temporarily bans 3 rightists from West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Erfat Weiss - August 26, 2008 - 8:00pm

IDF Central Command chief, Major-General Gadi Shamni, issued three restraining orders against settlers residing in the West Bank settlements of Yitzhar and Adi-Ad, banning them from the area pending the conclusion of the upcoming Palestinian olive harvest. Early Wednesday morning, the men – all known right-wing activists – were presented with the warrants, banning them from the West Bank from several months.

Israel commends Egypt’s “effective” crackdown on Gaza tunnels
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
August 26, 2008 - 8:00pm

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during talks with President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday voiced rare praise for Egypt's efforts to stem weapons smuggling into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Barak hailed Egyptian efforts along the porous border which "have visibly been effective," said a statement from the Israeli Defense Ministry.

Hamas breaks school strike by rival Fatah
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
August 26, 2008 - 8:00pm

The ruling Hamas movement on Wednesday replaced hundreds of striking teachers with its own supporters, purging Gaza's education system of its political rivals and deepening its control of the coastal territory. The labor strife has disrupted the public school system at the start of the academic year and added to the misery in Gaza, which has suffered from international isolation and Israeli economic sanctions since Hamas violently seized power last year.

Rice clings to Mideast peace hopes in visit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Matthew Lee - August 25, 2008 - 8:00pm

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday there is hope for a Mideast peace deal but she offered no reason for optimism beyond the fact that the two sides are speaking.

Hamas armed wing vows to continue battle
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
August 25, 2008 - 8:00pm

The shadowy leader of Hamas' armed wing on Tuesday broke a two-year silence with a new vow to continue battle until "victory" over Israel. The new comments by Mohammed Deif were published a Hamas Web site. Hamas said his call to battle was part of a new book glorifying comrades killed in fighting with Israel. Deif is one of Israel's most wanted Palestinian gunmen. He has survived several assassination attempts and lives in hiding. It is believed that he remains seriously wounded. In his comments, Deif said he will go on fighting until victory, or until he is killed.

Bedouin Nomads under threat in Holy Land
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Telegraph
by Carolynne Wheeler - August 24, 2008 - 8:00pm

Thanks to drought and increasing Israeli security restrictions on where they can wander, their nomadic lifestyle, which predates the birth of Christ, is likely to die out within a generation.

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