July 17th

Don't Paint All Arabs With The Same Brush
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by George S. Hishmeh - (Opinion) July 17, 2008 - 3:23pm

The newly appointed US Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, James K. Glassman, who replaced Karen Hughes, a confidant of the US President George W. Bush, is in an unenviable position. For a start his term in office is only for six months unless, of course, Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee wins the national elections in November and decides to hold on to him, or he may still be replaced since the senator may want someone who is closer to his views.

Israeli Forces Retreat From Decision To Close A Shopping Mall In Nablus
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Kuwait News Agency (kuna)
July 17, 2008 - 3:21pm

Israeli occupation authorities on Thursday retreated from its decision to close a shopping mall in the city of Nablus. City Governor Jamal al-Mohaisen told the press that the decision came after political moves carried out by President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He added that the peace process envoy, General William Fraser has mediated to the Israeli side, a matter that contributed to the retreat of Israel on its decision.

Militants Cast Doubt On Gaza Ceasefire
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Omar Karmi - July 17, 2008 - 3:20pm

Amir al Sharif is keen to talk. For nearly two hours he does so almost non-stop, opining that Hamas was originally supported by Israel’s Shin Bet security service to challenge the PLO and Fatah. He said since then the Islamist movement had never missed an opportunity to weaken Fatah and complained that since Hamas had agreed to a ceasefire with the “Zionist enemy”, it was acting as “Israel’s policeman” in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Claims Over Journalist Challenged
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Inter Press Service (IPS)
by Sanjay Suri , Mel Fryberg - July 17, 2008 - 3:18pm

Medical reports seen by IPS appear to confirm the testimony of IPS Gaza correspondent Mohammed Omer of physical abuse at the hands of Israelis last month. Omer said he was physically and mentally abused at the Allenby crossing into Gaza while on his way back from a European tour. In London, he was awarded the Martha Gellhorn prize for investigative reporting.

Doves Outnumber Hawks In Jewish Community
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Inter Press Service (IPS)
by Daniel Luban - July 17, 2008 - 3:17pm

A new poll suggests that US Jews hold views about the Middle East that are considerably more dovish than frequently acknowledged, with large majorities favoring diplomacy with Iran, supporting a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine, and advocating US withdrawal from Iraq. US Jews also favor Barack Obama over John McCain by a wide margin in the upcoming November presidential elections, according to the poll, which was released Wednesday by the Jewish advocacy group J Street.

Olmert's Lawyers Attempt To Discredit Key Witness
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Amy Teibel - July 17, 2008 - 3:15pm

Lawyers representing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert cross-examined an American businessman Thursday, hoping to undermine his allegations that Olmert illicitly accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from him to help fund a luxurious lifestyle. The businessman, 75-year-old Morris Talansky, appeared nervous in the Israeli court room, drumming his fingers on the table, fidgeting with a plastic cup and at one point asking for a break. He insisted he told the truth in previous testimony.

Peace In The Middle East Still Needs The Americans
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Der Spiegel
by Gerhard Sporl - (Opinion) July 17, 2008 - 3:13pm

The French president has thrown parties for mortal enemies in the Middle East, and toasted himself as peacemaker. But as bodies and prisoners are exchanged this week it's clear just how hopeless the region has become. The process is waiting on Washington.

Blair Says Peace Deal Is Being Undermined By Doubts Over Ehud Olmert
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times
by James Hider - July 17, 2008 - 3:12pm

A day after he was prevented from visiting Gaza by an assassination threat, Tony Blair raised doubts for the first time yesterday that a peace deal could be concluded between Israel and the Palestinians by the end of the year. Mr Blair, the international community’s envoy to the Middle East, said that the uncertain political future of Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, was undermining efforts to conclude a deal, which President Bush had said would be signed in 2008.

Obama To Kick Off 5-nation Tour
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Usa Today
by Kathy Kiely - July 17, 2008 - 3:10pm

For Barack Obama, the road to the White House is about to take a 12,000-mile detour. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will try to boost his résumé next week with a five-country European and Middle East tour that threatens to turn into Obamapalooza.

July 16th

Lakers' Jordan Farmar To Go On Peace Mission To Middle East
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Chris Hine - July 16, 2008 - 3:23pm

Like other NBA players, Jordan Farmar will head overseas this summer, only with a different mission -- to facilitate peace in the Middle East. The Lakers' guard, who is Jewish, will travel to Israel to run basketball camps for Israeli and Palestinian children in association with the Peres Peace Center. The goal of the camps, which take place Aug. 4 to 11, is to bring Israeli and Palestinian children together through basketball and create a foundation for peaceful relations between them in years to come.

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