Senior Idf Officer Warns Lull Will Be Temporary, Fragile
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Atilla Somfalvi - June 17, 2008 - 5:29pm

IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi spoke before the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday and said that while the IDF is giving the ceasefire between Israel and the militant groups in Gaza a chance, it will continue preparing for an operation in the Gaza Strip.

Take Advantage Of Ceasefire: If We Don’t Use Lull In Order To Advance Peace Talks, We’ll Play Into Hamas’ Hands
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Yossi Beilin - June 17, 2008 - 5:27pm

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.

37 Palestinians Arrested Near Umm Al-fahm
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Sharon Roffe-ofir - June 17, 2008 - 5:24pm

Thirty-seven illegal Palestinian aliens were arrested near Umm al-Fahm in an operation conducted by the northern Border Police near Umm al-Fahm and Baka Al Garbia. Five of the detainees have limited access to Israel and another one is wanted by the Shin Bet. The six were turned into questioning and the rest of the detainees were sent back to PA territories.

Palestinians Killed In Gaza Raids
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al Jazeera English
June 17, 2008 - 5:23pm

Six Palestinians have been killed in three Israeli air strikes targeting the Gaza Strip, according to medics and witnesses.   Five people were killed and several others were wounded on Tuesday in one air raid near Qarara village east of the southern town of Khan Yunis, Muawiya Hassanein, the head of Gaza emergency services, said. 

A New Kid On The Peacemaking Block
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Middle East Times
by Claude Salhani - (Editorial) June 17, 2008 - 5:20pm

There is a relatively new group on the Middle East peacemaking block who go by the name of The Israeli Palestinian Confederation. The Los Angeles-based IPC has been kicking around the idea for the last three years of a confederation between Israelis and Palestinians as a means to resolve the 60-year-old dispute that has been at the center of the Middle East's turmoil.

Gaza Truce To Begin Thursday: Palestinian Official
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Nidal Al-mughrabi, Jeffrey Heller, Ori Lewis - June 17, 2008 - 5:15pm

GAZA (Reuters) - A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip will begin on Thursday, Egypt said after mediating a deal that could ease a crippling Israeli blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory. "Both sides have pledged to halt all hostilities and all military activities against each other," Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said in Cairo on Tuesday, after weeks of separate talks with Israel and Hamas.

West Bank 'attackers' Arrested
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bbc News
June 17, 2008 - 5:13pm

Israeli police say they have arrested two Jewish settlers over an apparent assault of Palestinians that was filmed as part of a human rights project. An adult male and a minor were arrested in Susia settlement overnight and will appear in court on Tuesday. B'Tselem human rights group has been giving Palestinians video cameras as part of its Shooting Back scheme. The footage shot on 8 June shows four masked figures walk up to some shepherds and attack them with clubs.

Our Position: Secretary Rice Was Right To Call Israel On Adding Its Footprint To Disputed Land
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Orlando Sentinel
(Editorial) June 17, 2008 - 5:09pm

If the Bush administration is to have any hope of succeeding in its belated push for a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, the United States must be seen as an honest broker. That's why it was important for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to criticize Israel this week for its plans to add hundreds of new homes to land claimed by the Palestinians.

What Ehud Olmert Should – But Probably Didn't – Tell George Bush
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Americans For Peace Now
by Ori Nir - (Opinion) June 17, 2008 - 5:08pm

WASHINGTON—What Ehud Olmert should – but probably won’t - tell George Bush last Wednesday in the White House. Thanks for seeing me, George. This may be my last meeting with you as Israel's prime minister. I'm in a pinch, you know, and I'm fighting to save my political life. All these calls in recent days for me to resign have broadened my perspective. They have actually inspired me to speak bluntly to you.

Israel Seems To Make Progress In Talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - June 17, 2008 - 5:07pm

JERUSALEM — Israel and Hamas have agreed to an Egyptian-brokered mutual cease-fire for the Gaza area starting Thursday morning, Egyptian and Hamas officials announced on Tuesday. “The Palestinian and Israeli sides have accepted the first stage of a reciprocal and simultaneous period of calm, starting in the Gaza Strip, from 0600 on Thursday,” an unidentified senior Egyptian official told the state news agency MENA.

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