A Year After The Takeover: “hamas” Birds On The Tree!
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-ayyam
by Rajab Abu Sariya - June 18, 2008 - 4:52pm

Not only did President Mahmoud Abbas’ popularity rise since his calls for Palestinian dialogue, but also his political savvy has become evident, on both the domestic and diplomatic fronts. The timing and form of the presidential initiative didn’t allow Hamas to stall or refuse to negotiate, and that is what explains the talks in Cairo and Dakar and the resurgence of hope and optimism, despite wariness and caution shared by both observers and citizens.

Idf To Remove Kalkilya Roadblocks As 'reward'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Yaakov Katz - June 18, 2008 - 4:51pm

The Civil Administration in the West Bank has negotiated a deal with a number of Palestinian villages in the Kalkilya region in which dirt roadblocks cutting off their access to nearby cities and roads would be lifted in exchange for the cessation of local terror activity, a senior IDF commander told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Gazans Eagerly Awaiting Ceasefire
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - June 18, 2008 - 4:49pm

Weary, and wary - Gaza's residents are counting the hours until the ceasefire between Israel and the armed groups in the Strip comes into effect (6:00 am on Thursday). The overall feeling in the streets is of satisfaction mixed with disbelief that the truce will last. After all, the region has known its share of failed truces. "The people here are very happy. Some even allowed themselves to go out in the city last night," Ahmad al-Najar, a resident of the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, told Ynet.

Day Before Truce, Gaza Barrages Continue
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Hanan Greenberg - June 18, 2008 - 4:47pm

Despite the formal announcements from Jerusalem, Gaza and Cairo announcing the ceasefire agreement will go into effect at 6:00 am on Thursday, it was the routine of incessant attacks Israel's South awoke to on Wednesday. In the most recent attack a house in Sderot was hit directly, and ten residents suffered from shock. A woman lightly injured her leg while running for cover.

Blair, Merkel To Help Palestinians Rebuild
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Middle East Times
by Andrew Bishop - June 18, 2008 - 4:44pm

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be hosting an inter-ministerial conference in Berlin on June 24 with the aim of rallying the international community around their effort to strengthen the Palestinian Authority's judicial and security capabilities.

Hamas Feels It Benefits More From A Truce Than Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Shaul Arieli - (Opinion) June 18, 2008 - 4:41pm

The policy of "throwing away the keys" that characterized the Israeli withdrawal and removal of settlements from the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2005 played right into Hamas' hands as it sought to achieve political and social objectives based on a strategy of "armed struggle" and non-recognition of Israel.

Israeli Parliament To Consider Early Election
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
June 18, 2008 - 4:14pm

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's parliament could hold a preliminary vote as early as June 25 on whether to dissolve itself and force an election that could replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, legislative officials said on Wednesday. Olmert has vowed to stay in office and continue to lead his Kadima party unless indicted in a corruption investigation that has drawn calls from political allies and foes alike for his resignation.

Israel Ready To Ease Gaza Blockade If Truce Holds
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
June 18, 2008 - 4:10pm

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned on Wednesday that Israel\'s imminent truce with Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip could be short-lived and said the military stood ready to act if it failed. "We have no illusion but that this truce is fragile and could be short-lived. Hamas has not changed its skin," Olmert said at a conference in Bet Yehoshua, north of Tel Aviv.

A Conversation With Richard Falk
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Nation
by Linda Marmoun - June 18, 2008 - 4:09pm

In the course of a scholarly life that has spanned more than five decades and includes fifty-four books and dozens more articles, Richard Falk has received a great deal of criticism--from the right and from the left. Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton, is considered one of the world's most prominent critics of US interventionism. This distinction alone would explain why he is disliked by many foreign policy hawks.

As Israeli Siege Strangles Gaza Strip, Hamas, Smugglers Profit Off Tunnels
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Griff Witte - June 18, 2008 - 4:07pm

RAFAH, Gaza Strip -- Deep beneath the sands of this battle-scarred border town, Abu Mosab is making a fortune. The money comes in the form of blue jeans, candy bars, cigarettes, shoes, refrigerator parts, gasoline and generic Viagra. All of it and more passes through Abu Mosab's subterranean tunnel as it makes its way from Egypt to Gaza. And all of it is highly profitable because of a strict Israeli blockade that, officially at least, has kept out all but the most basic supplies. For smugglers such as Abu Mosab, the siege has been their salvation.

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