Take Advantage Of Ceasefire
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Yossi Beilin - (Opinion) June 16, 2008 - 5:12pm

  The decision has apparently been taken. After we already tried all other solutions, perhaps we have come to realize that the best way to stop the attacks on the western Negev is to reach a ceasefire. This is no great bargain, and certainly no substitute for peace. The fact that we are forced to reach either a direct or indirect agreement with Hamas is unpleasant.

On A Collision Course
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al- Ahram
by Saleh Al-naami - June 16, 2008 - 5:11pm

Over the past 10 months, observers have been expecting an Israeli offensive in Gaza, notwithstanding Egyptian efforts to arrange a truce between the Israelis and Hamas. Yediot Aharonot 's military analyst Ron Ben-Yishai says that it is impossible for Israel to agree to the Egyptian initiative, not after the recent attacks by the Palestinian resistance. Israeli leaders, commanders, and intelligence officials believe that a truce would be seen as a victory of Hamas. The latter says that the rocket attacks are its way of telling Israel to lift the blockade.

What Us Role Between Syria And Israel?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Ariel Kastner - (Opinion) June 16, 2008 - 5:10pm

The recent announcement that indirect peace talks between Israel and Syria are being conducted in Turkey has led many to ask whether this round of negotiations represents anything more than political games. Given that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is facing a deepening corruption investigation with louder calls for him to step down, and in light of floundering negotiations with the Palestinians, many Israelis presume he might be using the cover of peace talks with Syria to divert attention from his political challenges.

It's Either Land For Peace, Or Expect Little Peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bitterlemons
by Rana Sabbagh-gargour - June 16, 2008 - 5:08pm

There is an argument in some political quarters that the land for peace formula, upon which efforts to realize comprehensive Arab-Israel peace and a settlement to the Palestinian problem were based, is clinically dead.

Israel Brushes Aside U.s. Pressure Over Statehood Deal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Adam Entous - June 16, 2008 - 5:06pm

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel sought on Monday to lower U.S. expectations for any deal with the Palestinians this year, brushing aside pressure over settlements and calling for decisions on Jerusalem's future to be deferred. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ended her sixth trip to the region this year with no sign of progress in nudging both sides toward a peace deal by the end of 2008. She held three-way talks with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad before making a surprise visit to Beirut.

Egypt: Iran Has 'negative Effect' On Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
June 16, 2008 - 5:05pm

Egypt sees Iran "on a surge" in the Arab world, playing many political and diplomatic cards regardless of Arab interests, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in an interview.  Aboul Gheit said that in response to its dispute with the United States and Europe over its nuclear program Iran was seeking bargaining leverage abroad and the only region it could find leverage was in the Arab world. "This has a negative effect on the Palestinian question, definitely, and in Lebanon to some extent," he added.

Rice Warns On Israel Settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bbc News
June 16, 2008 - 5:03pm

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Jewish settlement building was having a "negative effect" on efforts to forge a Middle East peace deal. Ms Rice was referring to Israeli plans to build 1,300 new homes in Ramat Shlomo, an area of the West Bank that Israel considers part of Jerusalem. She also said militants must stop firing rockets at Israel from Gaza. She spoke after meeting Israeli PM Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

Hamas And Gaza Emerge Reshaped After Takeover
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from International Herald Tribune
by Ethan Bronner - June 16, 2008 - 5:02pm

GAZA: Cursing God in public here — a fairly common event in this benighted and besieged strip of Palestinian land — can now lead to prison. So can kissing in public. A judge ruled last week that a bank could not collect its contracted interest on a 10-year-old loan because Islam forbids charging interest.

'three Dead' In Fresh Gaza Clash
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bbc News
June 16, 2008 - 5:01pm

The Israeli military says it has killed three Palestinian militants in fighting in the southern Gaza Strip, near the town of Khan Younis. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said three fighters were missing and another three were injured. They had been on a mission to plant explosives along the border fence with Israel, the group says. Militants frequently target the border fence, part of the Israeli defences used to impose its closure on Gaza.

A Trip Down Gaza's Deadly Tunnels
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bbc News
by Paul Martin - June 16, 2008 - 5:00pm

Again and again the Gaza Strip is described as a prison. Israel controls access, and thanks to its long-running confrontation with groups like Hamas, it has made it near impossible for Gazans to come and go from the tiny strip of territory. But there is a very unofficial and well-known way in and out - the tunnels.   Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The network is dug deep into the soft sand and runs under the border with Egypt.

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