May 12th

Shas Threatens To Quit Gov't Over Future Peace Deal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Roni Sofer - May 12, 2008 - 5:42pm

  Shas will quit the government should "a dangerous deal" with the Palestinians materialize, party chairman Eli Yishai stated Monday. "Shas will not be part of a government that will reduce the territory of the Jewish people's state and fill it with refugees," he told Ynet. "The rabbi (Ovadia Yosef) said he would not lend his hand to another disengagement. We will not lend our hand to an attempt to hand over territory to Hamas," Yishai added.

Iran And The Fearful Arabs
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Tariq Alhomayed - (Opinion) May 12, 2008 - 5:41pm

Amidst the political classification in the region and talk of the moderate and extremist states, other states seem to have been overlooked – and they are the states that deserve to be called the 'fearful Arab' states. Clearly, they have come to the forefront of the events in Lebanon once again and those who attended the exceptional summit in Cairo are aware of that.

A Historic Compromise Under Threat
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bitterlemons
by Ghassan Khatib - (Opinion) May 12, 2008 - 5:40pm

With both Israelis and Palestinians commemorating 60-year anniversaries at this time, it is instructive to look at what the respective sides are remembering. For Israelis, 1948 brought independence and statehood. For Palestinians, 1948 brought only disaster, the forced displacement of between more than half of their number, a majority that was to be shoehorned into refugee camps across the Arab world.

Jerusalem Diary: Monday 12 May
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bbc News
by Tim Franks - (Blog) May 12, 2008 - 5:39pm

'AND HERE I AM 60 YEARS LATER' To get to Ali Abu Zour's living quarters, you have to fold yourself into an improbable shape, and stoop-crawl-walk through the square hole in the back of his shop. Once we had reached the bare room next to the kitchen, we decided it would be better to go back to the shop: just as comfortable, and he might not lose any passing business, as we talked.

Fuel Supply To Be Resumed To Gaza Power Plant
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
May 12, 2008 - 5:34pm

A Gaza power plant shut down by the ruling Hamas party will start operating again later on Monday, an official said. Hamas said the plant was shut down on Saturday because it ran out of fuel supplied by Israel. Israel claimed that Hamas was creating an artificial crisis, raising tensions ahead of a visit by the Egyptian mediator trying to broker a truce between the two enemies, and severely limited shipments to pressure Palestinian militants to halt their rocket barrages at nearby Jewish communities.

Israelis Don't Believe Scandal-hit Olmert: Poll
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
May 12, 2008 - 5:33pm

A majority of Israelis want Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign or go on leave over a bribery scandal and do not believe his denials of wrongdoing, an opinion poll showed on Monday. The survey in Israel's biggest newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, was the first to gauge the public mood since a court gag order in the case was partially lifted on Thursday and Olmert went on television to profess his innocence.

Hezbollah 'redrawing' Mideast Map
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Times
by Joshua Mitnick - May 12, 2008 - 5:32pm

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Hezbollah's dramatic gains in Lebanon last week are just part of a regional process that began last year in the Gaza Strip and will continue in Jordan and Egypt, a Hamas official in the West Bank told The Washington Times. Sheik Yazeeb Khader, a Ramallah-based Hamas political activist and editor, said militant groups across the Middle East are gaining power at the expense of U.S.-backed regimes, just as Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip from forces loyal to U.S.-backed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Priority: Statehood
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Daoud Kuttab - (Opinion) May 12, 2008 - 5:28pm

In the spring of 1948, my father, George Kuttab, and his brother Qostandi fled Musrara, a Jerusalem neighborhood just outside the walled city, after their sister Hoda's husband was killed in front of her and their children. When Dad used to tell us about the Naqba, the catastrophe that befell Palestinians in 1948, he never talked politics or hatred. He would laugh as he told us how his brother secured their home near Damascus Gate.

A Talk With Prime Minister Fayyad
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Lally Weymouth - (Interview) May 12, 2008 - 5:26pm

Lally Weymouth also spoke with Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad in Ramallah. Excerpts: Q. Did you [think] it was possible to do anything with [Yasser] Arafat? A. There is hardly anything I did here that was easy. Changing the way business is done in finance in the PA was not easy. You just didn't know where to begin. Was it possible to do anything with the PA? Yes, it was. This is fairly well documented. We did quite a few things in a relatively short period of time. So what did you decide to do?

A Talk With President Peres
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Lally Weymouth - (Interview) May 12, 2008 - 5:26pm

Israeli President Shimon Peres is the last remaining founding father of the Israeli state. Last week he spoke with Newsweek-Washington Post's Lally Weymouth. Excerpts: Q. Is there a realistic chance of peace with the Palestinians?

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