Egypt Vows Rafah To Remain Closed Until Shalit Free
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Roni Sofer - June 24, 2008 - 4:45pm

With the volatile ceasefire holding up despite threats made by the Islamic Jihad to breach the shaky agreement following the killings of two organization members in the West Bank duringan IDF operation – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stopped by for a brief visit to Egypt, where he hopes to advance the negotiations for the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. Olmert met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the Sharm el-Sheikh resort on Tuesday afternoon, and received the latter's assurance that Cairo was exerting considerable efforts to free the Israeli soldier.

Divide And Conquer
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bitterlemons
by Ghassan Khatib - (Opinion) June 24, 2008 - 4:41pm

The ceasefire agreement that was reached between Israel and the Hamas leadership through Egyptian mediation and that has been observed successfully by the two parties since Thursday marks a very significant development with potentially far reaching consequences.

Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinians In West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Atef Saad - June 24, 2008 - 4:40pm

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians, including an Islamic Jihad commander, in the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday in the first fatal raid since a ceasefire took hold in the Gaza Strip last week. Islamic Jihad threatened to launch attacks inside Israel to avenge the death of Tarek Juma Abu Ghali, whom the militant group described as one of its most senior commanders in the northern West Bank. A second Palestinian, affiliated with the Islamist militant group Hamas, was also killed in the overnight raid, Palestinian security sources said.

Greece, Israel Held Two Military Test Runs For Attack On Iran
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Middle East Times
June 24, 2008 - 4:35pm

A top Greek air force official has revealed that Greece participated in two major military exercises over the Mediterranean Sea with Israel in recent weeks as test runs for possible long-range strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities. News of a secret exercise was broken by the New York Times last Friday, citing U.S. officials as saying that more than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighter jets took part in preparation for long-range strikes in the first week of June.

On The Contacts Of Defiant Arabs With Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Dar Al Hayat
by Elias Harfoush - (Opinion) June 24, 2008 - 4:34pm

"Indirect" is so far the status of current contacts established between the three defiant sides in the region, namely Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas, with Israel. Despite their indirect nature, such contacts seem to bear promising results regarding issues where positive developments had until recently been difficult to imagine.

Palestinian Leader Calls For More Eu Support For Peace Process
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Kuwait News Agency (kuna)
June 24, 2008 - 4:33pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Tuesday for more active support by the European Union (EU) for the Middle Eastern peace process. Speaking at a joint press conference with French President Nicholas Sarkozy in Bethlehem, he said the peace process required a "strong push" by the international community, and by the EU, whose rotating presidency was currently held by France.

Palestinian Police Chafe At Israeli Limitations
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Alastair Macdonald - June 24, 2008 - 4:30pm

For Palestinian police chief Radhi Assida, an international fundraising conference in Berlin on Tuesday may provide welcome cash for kit and training. For the aid to help bring peace and security to the Middle East, however, the colonel wants the governments attending to focus on something more -- pressuring Israel to trust his force more and to end what he says are policies that limit its effectiveness and undermine its credibility among Palestinians.

Countries Commit $242m To Strengthen Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Geir Moulson - June 24, 2008 - 4:23pm

Countries at an international conference Tuesday agreed to commit $242 million to strengthen the Palestinian Authority's police and judicial systems, sending what Germany's foreign minister called a "clear signal of support" for building a Palestinian state. The money will go to projects that include police training, building a forensic lab and prisons, installing communications networks, and creation of courthouses.

Israeli Policeman Kills Self At Sarkozy Ceremony
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Dan Balilty - June 24, 2008 - 4:20pm

An Israeli police officer fatally shot himself in the head at an airport farewell ceremony Tuesday for French President Nicolas Sarkozy, prompting bodyguards to whisk the visiting leader and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to safety, officials said. A military band was playing at the time of the shooting, and the dignitaries apparently didn\'t hear anything. Dark-suited security men quickly ushered Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, up the stairs of his plane at Ben-Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv.

Rockets Hit Israel, Which Says Truce Broken
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Amy Teibel - June 24, 2008 - 4:18pm

Palestinian militants on Tuesday fired three homemade rockets into southern Israel, the first such attack since a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza militants took effect last week. Israel condemned the attack as a "gross violation" of the truce, but did not say whether it would retaliate. The barrage wounded two people and capped a day of violence that presented the truce with its first serious test.

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