August 6th

A Trojan Horse In The Jordan Valley
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Lara Friedman And Hagit Ofran - August 6, 2008 - 2:22pm

Is Israel serious about wanting peace? Plans approved last week by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak for a new settlement in the Jordan Valley provide ammunition for those who argue that the answer is no.

Abbas Mulls Gaza As ‘rebel-held Territory’; Halting Funding
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Abd Al-karim Shweiki - August 6, 2008 - 2:21pm

Under pressure from Palestinian Authority officials, P.A.

Hamas Warns Of Uprising Against Fatah
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
by Mohammed Mar’i - August 6, 2008 - 2:19pm

RAMALLAH/GAZA CITY: A senior Hamas official in Gaza City warned yesterday that his Islamic group could overrun the West Bank, just as it took over Gaza, if provoked by its rivals in Fatah. The official, Sami Abu Zuhri, spoke as tensions between the two groups remained high following a bombing that killed five Hamas members in Gaza and a Hamas sweep that ended with 11 dead and dozens wounded, most of them from Fatah.

Middle East Rhetoric Obstructing Us Interests
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Common Ground News Service
by Richard Murphy And Ethan Chorin - August 6, 2008 - 2:18pm

Washington, DC - It would be naive to assume that Undersecretary of State William Burns' presence at the recent EU-Iran nuclear talks has opened the door to a rapid improvement in US-Iranian relations, or that the US administration has abandoned its military option. But this recent tilt towards diplomacy offers a pause in which to take note of the unsung economic and political costs of hyped-up rhetoric.

Jordan Resumes Talks With Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
August 6, 2008 - 2:17pm

A Jordanian Islamist says Jordan has renewed dialogue with the terrorist Hamas group after two years of icy relations.  Senior Hamas leader, Moussa Abu Marzouk, confirmed the contacts, saying only that they were in "very early stages" and that he hoped they will be a "good start." Jordanian officials did not comment.

Barak Vows Israeli Operations In Gaza Strip Will Resume
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
August 6, 2008 - 2:16pm

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel will go back to carrying out military strikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip despite a month-old truce, army radio reported Tuesday. "Those who miss the operations in the Gaza Strip, don't worry, they will come," Barak told a Labor party event in Occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli Authorities Arrest Policeman In Connection With Palestinian Death
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
August 6, 2008 - 2:15pm

JERUSALEM: Israeli police said Tuesday that they have arrested a policeman in connection with the death of a Palestinian boy at a protest in the West Bank. The 10-year old boy was killed by gunfire last week during clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the West Bank village of Naalin. Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said authorities detained a member of the paramilitary Border Police and put him under house arrest while the investigation continued.

Us Revokes Visas To Palestinian Fulbright Scholars
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
August 6, 2008 - 2:14pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) The US government as a "safety precaution" revoked visas it had issued to four Palestinian recipients of prestigious Fulbright fellowships, the State Department said Tuesday. "We had interviewed four scholars. We had issued visas," said State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos.

Opinion Poll: Abbas And Fatah's Popularity Overtakes Haniah And Hamas'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-ghad Daily
August 6, 2008 - 2:12pm

An opinion poll published yesterday showed an increase in the popularity of President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads the Fatah movement, compared to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniah. 68% of those polled by the Near East Consulting company expressed confidence in President Abbas while 32% expressed confidence in Haniah. 77% of Palestinians support unconditional dialogue between Hamas and Fatah, with 12% supporting conditional dialogue and 11% opposing any dialogue.

August 5th

Barak: If You Miss Gaza Raids, Don't Worry - They'll Come
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
August 5, 2008 - 3:08pm

Defense Minister and Labor Party leader Ehud Barak criticized his political rivals on Monday, equating them with hosts of reality television shows, and told his constituents that a military operation in the Gaza Strip was still very much on the agenda. Speaking at a Labor Party event in Jerusalem on Monday evening, Barak said "anyone who misses the military operations in Gaza mustn't worry, they will come."

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