September 17th

The evolving facts of life
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bitterlemons
by Yossi Alpher - (Opinion) August 31, 2008 - 8:00pm

A brief perusal of headlines in the regional media would appear to confirm that, of the two main Palestinian movements, Fateh and Hamas, the latter has recently been the object of the most attention from Israel's neighbors, particularly Egypt and Jordan.

Oslo's failure led to the rise of Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bitterlemons
by Ghassan Khatib - (Opinion) September 9, 2008 - 8:00pm

The future of Jerusalem has yet again presented itself as one of the most difficult issues in final status negotiations. This is not to say that other issues are either easy or have already been resolved, but the issues of Jerusalem and refugees appear the hardest to crack.

Musa says angry with Palestinian groups
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
September 9, 2008 - 8:00pm

The chief of the Arab League said on Tuesday that he was angry with fractious Palestinian political groups and that sanctions against them were being discussed by Arab governments. Egypt, the main mediator between often rival Palestinian groups, has been holding bilateral talks with minor groups in preparation for similar talks with the two main groups-Fateh and Hamas. "I am extremely angry with the Palestinian organisations," Amr Musa, secretary general of the league, told a news conference in an unusually harsh criticism of the Palestinians.

Israeli official: Militant Hamas ?like cancer?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Steven Gutkin - September 9, 2008 - 8:00pm

Israel's point man in indirect, Egyptian-mediated talks with Hamas said Wednesday the Islamic militant group is more powerful than the Western-backed Palestinian government and is "like cancer." Senior Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad said talks with Hamas designed to secure the release of a captured Israeli soldier have gone better since a truce went into effect in June, but he added that a deal is "not close." "Since the truce we are discussing more seriously, but I am impressed only by results," he said.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad meet for Damascus talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
September 8, 2008 - 8:00pm

Officials from Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad have met in Syria to resolve a Gaza flare-up between the two, the groups announced on Tuesday, just days after Hamas-led police forcefully dispersed a gathering by the other group. The two groups issued a joint statement saying they held a "long meeting" on Monday in Damascus, discussed their relations and the situation in the Palestinian territories. Both sides asserted their "strategic relations", adding that minor disagreements and events on the ground "will not affect the depth of these relations".

Every picture tells a story
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Jonathan Freedland - (Opinion) September 9, 2008 - 8:00pm

"It's very easy for the Israeli public to believe that Palestinians are lying when it's just their word against the word of a soldier or settler", explained B'Tselem's spokesperson, Sarit Michaeli. The Israeli human rights group has brought several high-profile cases to the public's attention this summer, providing vital video evidence of the scale of the violence meted out by settlers and soldiers alike. In the process the footage has seriously dented efforts to smear Palestinians complaining of assault.

September 16th

How Much For That West Bank Home?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Week
by Joshua Mitnick - September 9, 2008 - 8:00pm

The Web site of the Jewish settlement here, near Ben-Gurion Airport, boasts ?private homes, spectacular views, fresh air, space, and peace of mind.? The idyllic mountain vistas from Na?aleh are indeed stunning, but whatever peace of mind the 9,000 residents absorb from the rural Judean hills has been ruptured by the nagging reality that their settlement is separated from the rest of Israel by a checkpoint and the West Bank security barrier.

'Terrorists planning Sinai kidnapping'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Yaakov Katz - September 14, 2008 - 8:00pm

Palestinian and Hizbullah terrorists are in the advanced stages of plotting to kidnap Israeli tourists from Sinai beaches and transfer them secretly to the Gaza Strip, the Counter-Terrorism Bureau announced on Monday. The warning came amid growing concern in Israel that Palestinian terrorists have recently infiltrated Egypt via tunnels connecting Gaza and Sinai and are planning attacks against Israeli tourists there. Hizbullah, officials said, also sought to kidnap Israelis in retaliation for the February assassination of arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh.

12 dead as Hamas, clan battle in Gaza City
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - September 15, 2008 - 8:00pm

Twelve Palestinians were killed Tuesday as Hamas security police clashed with gunmen in the Gaza Strip, a Hamas security source said. Among those injured in the exchanges of fire was Army of Islam leader Mumtaz Doghmush, who was involved in kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. His brother was killed. The fighting between the Islamist Hamas security forces and members of the Doghmosh clan was the worst among Palestinians in the coastal territory since clashes in July in which more than a dozen died.

Crucial Israeli vote now two-person race
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Star
by Oakland Ross - September 15, 2008 - 8:00pm

Israel's notoriously turbulent political climate could become even stormier after members of the ruling Kadima party cast their ballots tomorrow to select a new leader. Depending on a welter of variables, the winner in tomorrow's party primary might ? or might not ? become the country's new prime minister. If the winner does become prime minister, he ? or she ? would replace the outgoing Ehud Olmert, who has been brought low by a series of financial scandals. But events could play out in a variety of different ways and, right now, no one knows which of them is most likely.

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