November 18th

Abbas: No retreat for Fatah
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Ibrahim Barzak, Karin Laub - August 3, 2008 - 8:00pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday refused to grant West Bank asylum to forces of his Fatah group who fled weekend faction fighting in Hamas-ruled Gaza, despite fears for their safety. Abbas ordered over 200 fighters back to Gaza from Israel, insisting a Fatah presence must be retained in the territory, which has been controlled by Hamas since a violent takeover in June 2007. Fatah is not prepared to write off Gaza, and Abbas also fears that an entrenched Hamas there could export rebellion to the West Bank, where he rules.

Nine killed as Hamas clashes with Fatah
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Financial Times
by Tobias Buck - August 2, 2008 - 8:00pm

The Gaza Strip was on Sunday reeling from one of the worst bouts of internecine fighting in over a year, after a Hamas raid on the stronghold of a powerful Gaza clan left at least nine dead and forced as many as 200 family members to flee into Israel. The clashes marked a further escalation in the struggle between Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, and the Fatah party of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority.

Israel releases Hamas ex-minister
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
August 3, 2008 - 8:00pm

A minister for the Hamas group in the former Palestinian government, Omar Abdelrazek, has been freed after two years in Israeli custody, reports say. Mr Abdelrazek served as finance minister in the Hamas-led administration installed in 2006. He was among a large group of Hamas politicians seized by Israel in June 2006, accused of membership of a terrorist organisation. He was not charged with an offence or put on trial during his detention. Mr Abdelrazek was released overnight from Megiddo prison in northern Israel, a Palestinian security official said.

West Bank teen dies from wounds
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
December 31, 1969 - 8:00pm

Palestinian medical workers say a teenager shot by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Nilin last week has died of his wounds. Youssef Amira, 18, had been attending the funeral of a Palestinian boy who had been killed by Israeli troops a day earlier when he was himself shot. Medical workers say he was hit in the head by two rubber-coated steel rounds. The incident happened when Israeli troops confronted angry mourners staging a demonstration.

PA appeals to World Bank for urgent help to offset financial crisis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - July 30, 2008 - 8:00pm

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad has asked the World Bank for emergency funding so that he can pay salaries to PA employees, said PA officials in Ramallah on Wednesday. The request underscores the severity of the financial crisis in the PA. Earlier this week, PA officials had told The Jerusalem Post that their government was on the "verge of bankruptcy" because most donor countries, particularly the Arabs, had failed to live up to promises of funding for the Palestinians.

Palestinian negotiators see Olmert resignation heavy blow
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
July 31, 2008 - 8:00pm

Palestinian negotiators said on Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's resignation would deal a swingeing blow to peace hopes at a crucial time in the negotiations. While the Islamist Hamas hailed the news, Palestinian negotiators mourned the loss of a man they felt is "serious" about peace. The Palestinian Authority's official position is that the corruption allegations that have dogged Olmert and Wednesday's news he will step down after September's contest for the leadership of his Kadima Party are an internal matter.

Israel’s Livni faces tough battle to win Olmert’s job
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from United Press International (UPI)
by Martin Sieff - July 30, 2008 - 8:00pm

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is the front-runner to succeed her boss, Ehud Olmert, as prime minister of Israel, but she could lose out to tough old Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, and, even if she wins, she isn't likely to keep the job long. Olmert, the most unpopular and discredited prime minister in Israel's entire history, announced Wednesday he would resign in September as a corruption probe that could put him in court to face possible bribery charges crawls ever closer.

Abbas orders Hamas fighters freed, but arrests reported of Fatah officials
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
July 31, 2008 - 8:00pm

President Mahmud Abbas has ordered the release of Islamist Hamas militants arrested by his forces in the West Bank over the past week, the Palestinian Authority said on Thursday, but arrests of Fatah officials by Hamas were reported in the Gaza Strip. 'President Abbas has ordered his security officials to free all the Hamas militants arrested in recent days in the West Bank,' the authority said in a statement.

Police to grill Israeli OM again over graft claims
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
by Patrick Moser - July 31, 2008 - 8:00pm

Israeli police grilled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for three hours on Friday over graft allegations that have dogged his term in office, two days after his surprise resignation announcement. It was the fourth time since May that anti-fraud squad officers have interviewed Olmert, 62, at his official residence in Jerusalem in connection with the allegations of wrongdoing, which he has strongly denied.

Candidate who wants Olmert's job once 'sought deaths of 70 Palestinians a day'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
by Donald MacIntyre - July 31, 2008 - 8:00pm

A leading candidate to be Israel's next premier called for a death toll of 70 Palestinians a day when he was head of the military during the second intifada, according to a best-selling book by two Israeli journalists.

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