On The Path To Bitter Disappointment
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Uzi Benziman - (Opinion) March 3, 2008 - 7:02pm

It was hard not to be confused yesterday by the reports and statements concerning the aims of the Israel Defense Forces operation in the Gaza Strip. Defense Minister Ehud Barak explained on Israel Radio that the operation is meant "at the end of the day" to stop the Qassam rocket attacks, but in and of itself it will not end the shooting. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was even more unequivocal: During the cabinet meeting he stated, "Israel has no intention to end the fighting against terror," and that "over the coming days we will hold security discussions...

A Dark Overcast Warm Winter
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Miftah
by Dr. Bernard Sabella - (Opinion) March 3, 2008 - 7:02pm

The weather here in Jerusalem and Gaza is overcast with many a dark cloud. It mirrors what is felt inside by so many Palestinians whose loved ones have been killed or injured by Israel’s army “Warm Winter” campaign against Gaza. The 110 Palestinians killed so far since Wednesday February 27th include at least ten children, the youngest a few months old, and an equal number of women. “Warm Winter” continues and it has put all of us Palestinians in a state of shock.

More Forceful Action Needed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
(Opinion) March 3, 2008 - 7:00pm

It is indefensible if the UN Security Council fails to adopt an appropriate resolution on the latest Israeli violence against the Palestinians in Gaza. As it convenes today to consider an Arab-sponsored draft resolution condemning the Israeli attacks and calling for an immediate ceasefire, the Security Council should, for once, exercise its responsibility and prerogative, and force Israel to cease its barbaric onslaught on the Palestinians.

Gaza The Victim
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Dar Al Hayat
by Elias Harfoush - (Opinion) March 3, 2008 - 6:59pm

The Gazans are falling victims caught between the blind Israeli aggression that does not distinguish child from fighter and the suicidal behavior that characterizes the Hamas Movement and its rockets that lure Israeli aggression and "test" the extent of its savagery and ability to kill civilians.

Israel Defiantly Continues Gaza Attacks Amid International Outcry
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Middle East Times
by Sakher Abu El Oun - March 3, 2008 - 6:58pm

GAZA CITY (AFP) Israel continued to hammer Gaza on Monday after vowing to press its campaign against militants despite an international outcry over the deadly onslaught that prompted even the moderate Palestinian leadership to cut off all peace talks. Five Palestinian activists were killed early Monday in raids by Israeli aircraft and shelling of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli navy, Palestinian security officials said.

International Community Rips Israel Over Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
March 3, 2008 - 6:57pm

Leaders around the world condemned Israel's attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip over the weekend, calling on both sides to end the recent escalation in violence. EU president Slovenia said on Sunday that Israel's attacks were disproportionate and violated international law.

Thousands Rally Across Mideast To Protest Idf Attacks On Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
March 3, 2008 - 6:56pm

Tens of thousands of Syrians filled the central square of Damascus Monday to protest ongoing Israel Defense Forces operations in the Gaza Strip that have killed more than 100 Palestinians, while elsewhere in the region thousands others also demonstrated. The Syrians chanted slogans against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and called on Arab leaders to take a tough stand on U.S. support for Israel as it continues its air and ground offensive against Palestinians in Gaza. "With soul and blood we sacrifice ourselves for you Palestine," the crowd

Israelis Show Declining Zest For Military Service
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from McClatchy News
by Dion Nissenbaum - March 3, 2008 - 6:53pm

Throughout Israel's short, turbulent history, the nation has grown cynical about almost every sector of society but one: its military. Though the Israeli military has been buffeted by political scandal, castigated for enforcing a 40-year occupation of the Palestinians, and humbled during its 34-day war in 2006 against Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon, most Israelis never seemed to lose faith in their citizen soldiers. But, under the surface, something has been slowly shifting in Israel as the nation prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary May 14.

Another Mideast Peace Plan Slipping Away
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from International Herald Tribune
(Opinion) March 3, 2008 - 6:50pm

For the first time, an Israeli leader and a Palestinian leader seem genuinely committed to peace. They set a deadline for a deal by year's end. Yet the likelihood of achieving the two-state solution they have embraced diminishes with every rocket lobbed into Israel from Hamas-controlled Gaza and with every Israeli military strike or squeeze on civilian life in Gaza. The political and security situation is growing more desperate.

Abbas Halts Mideast Talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Baltimore Sun
by Richard Boudreaux - March 3, 2008 - 6:49pm

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas suspended peace talks with Israel yesterday amid growing international criticism of the Jewish state's incursion into the Gaza Strip. Mounting casualties in Gaza drew protests from European and Arab capitals and sent thousands of Palestinians into the streets across the West Bank, where Israeli troops killed a teenager during a demonstration.

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