February 25th

A framework for an enhanced international role in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Ezzedine Choukri Fishere - February 25, 2009 - 1:00am

The recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip resuscitated the debate over a possible international role in the besieged territory. What capacity, if any, can the international community fill in order to help run Gaza's crossings, patrol its borders, ensure equitable distribution of humanitarian assistance and support imminent reconstruction efforts?

Reversal of American stand
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
by Osama Al-Sharif - February 25, 2009 - 1:00am

In a brazen departure from the policies of the Bush administration, Washington is rapidly warming up to Syria, a country that for years was stigmatized, isolated and threatened. Congressional delegations have been landing in Damascus and meeting President Bashar Assad; early signs suggest that a quick thaw in relations is about to happen soon.

Hamas Upset By Fatah Prisoner Release
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
August 20, 2008 - 12:00am

Israel's plan to release 200 Fatah prisoners as a goodwill gesture to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has angered Hamas and could result in a policy change regarding any future prisoner exchange deal with Israel to secure the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit. Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar was quoted Tuesday by the London-based Arab daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi as saying that if only Fatah prisoners are released it will convince Hamas to demand the release of prisoners that "would fit" its agenda.

Hamas Rejects Arab Deployment Plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - August 20, 2008 - 12:00am

Hamas has rejected a proposal to deploy Arab troops in the Gaza Strip, saying such a move would only deepen divisions among the Palestinians. The proposal, which was presented to Hamas by Egypt and Jordan in recent days, has won the full backing of the Palestinian Authority leadership in Ramallah. The initiative has also won the backing of the Saudis, who told visiting PA President Mahmoud Abbas that they would do their utmost to persuade Hamas to accept it, a senior PA official said Tuesday.

Anticipating Truce Breakdown, Gaza Women Training As Suicide Bombers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
August 20, 2008 - 12:00am

The cease-fire agreement struck between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip has brought a semblance of calm to the region, but neither side has stopped preparing for the possible renewal of violence. In Gaza, Islamic Jihad members recently offered TV cameras a rare glimpse into training undergone by women who are prepared to carry out suicide attacks should the Israel Defense Forces reinvade the coastal territory. The women take as an example Fatma Al-Najar, a 57-year-old grandmother who blew herself up in Gaza in 2006, wounding three soldiers.

Partnering For Peace Zionist, Arab Groups Share Interns For Summer
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Washington Jewish Week
by Ben Weyl - August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

Every June, countless young people descend on Washington, D.C., and immerse themselves in the traditional internship experience: attending think tank briefings, conducting research at the office and, of course, networking at happy hours. This summer, Ben Schildkraut, Dana Montalto and Dana Pozza took part in this ritual, though it differed in some respects from the average internship program: They spent their time working to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and they did it on behalf of organizations on "each side" of the conflict.

Democracy Is More Than Going To The Polls
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - (Opinion) October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

"The protest wave has calmed down," some Israeli journalists said Friday of the Burmese military junta's success in driving thousands of demonstrators off the streets, using excessive violence. Despite the natural sympathy for the uprisers, several editors chose the word "calm," which embodies the rulers' point of view: The norm is "calm," even if it means constant government violence. The mass protest against the oppression is a disruption of order and calm.

The Jordanian Position On Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Akhbar
by Hamada Faraneh - (Opinion) August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

In light of the Jordanian, Palestinian, and Arab concerns that forced decision makers to respond and agree to Hamas’s repetitive calls and strong interest in holding an official meeting and having talks with the Jordanian state, a meeting took place between the head of intelligence and a delegation of the political arm of Hamas.

Jordan Acknowledges Meetings With Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

Jordan acknowledged Wednesday that it held clandestine meetings with the militant Palestinian Hamas - the kingdom's first public confirmation of the recent talks. Nasser Judeh, Jordan's minister of information, told reporters that the meetings, which were headed by Jordanian intelligencechief Mohammed al - Dahabi, were held in an effort to "solve pending security issues." He declined to elaborate.

More Flexibility Required
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is scheduled to host Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at his sukkah in Jerusalem tomorrow. Next month, senior representatives from both sides are expected to participate in a conference at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The frequency with which Olmert and Abbas meet and their seriousness in preparing for the meeting in the United States are raising expectations of significant progress in negotiations. However, the degree to which these expectations correspond to reality is still unknown.

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