February 25th

Gaza Travellers Hit By Passport Shortage
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from All Around Philly
by Ibrahim Barzak - August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

Gaza's 1.4 million Palestinians, already largely confined to their narrow strip of land by Israeli and Egyptian border closures, face a new travel restriction: The Hamas administration has run out of passports.

Only A First Step To Peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
(Editorial) October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

It would be easy to be cynical about Israel's release of 57 Palestinian prisoners yesterday in an attempt to bolster the authority of the man they see as the moderate Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas. The number released is fewer than the average number of Arab militants detained by Israeli forces each month, joining 11,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails, many imprisoned without trial.

Talks With Hamas Focused On Security’
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Hani Hazaimeh - August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

The government on Wednesday said recent talks with Hamas mainly focused on security-related issues but their scope could be expanded once these issues are aptly addressed, a senior official said. "The meetings between Director General of the Jordanian Intelligence Department [Lt. General Mohammad Dahabi] and the Hamas movement aimed to address outstanding issues," between the two sides, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Nasser Judeh said.

Hamas: Gilad Schalit May Become Ron Arad 2
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

"If the enemy continues with its stubborn attitude, Gilad Schalit will become a second Ron Arad," a spokesman for Izzadin Kassam, Hamas\'s armed wing, said Wednesday, after the group held a large-scale drill on the site of the ruins of the former Gaza settlement of Netzarim. Schalit has been held captive in Gaza for over two years. Arad is an IAF navigator who parachuted into Lebanon in the 1980s and was captured by the Amal Shi\'ite group, but went missing some years later. His fate is unknown.

The Land Of Zion
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Economist
September 27, 2007 - 12:00am

WHEN the Jewish National Fund (JNF) was set up a century ago, its mission was to buy land in Palestine for settling Jews there, with the coins that diaspora Jews the world over put into the fund's distinctive blue-and-white collection boxes. Now the fund is fuelling the tension inherent in Israel's desire to be both a Jewish state and a democracy. This week a court gave the JNF three months to conclude a deal with the Israel Lands Administration (ILA) on how the fund's land is managed.

Palestine's National Poet
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
(Editorial) August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

ONE of the wisest pronouncements I have heard in my life was that of an Egyptian general, a few days after Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem. We were the first Israelis to come to Cairo, and one of the things we were very curious about was: How did you manage to surprise us at the beginning of the October 1973 war? The general answered: “Instead of reading the intelligence reports, you should have read our poets.”

Ex-diplomats Say Us Faces Failure Of Peace Summit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Suzanne Goldenberg - October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

The Bush administration was warned yesterday by former senior US diplomats that it is setting itself up for the failure of its Middle East peace summit by neglecting to lay the groundwork for a successful meeting of American, Israeli and Arab leaders. The conference represents the Bush administration's most serious attempt to engage in Middle East peacemaking after seven years of violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel's Pre-summit Dilemma: Leave Hamas Out Or Bring It In
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Leslie Susser - October 1, 2007 - 12:00am

In the run-up to the regional peace parley in November, Israeli decision makers are facing an increasingly acute dilemma: How to deal with the radical Hamas militants who control Gaza. If the radicals are kept out of the peace process, analysts say, they will do function changefontSize(id,size,line) { document.getElementById(id).style.fontSize = size; document.getElementById(id).style.lineHeight = line; } all they can to scuttle it before it begins. But if they are allowed in, they will probably block any chance of success.

Politics By Other Means
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Counterpunch
by Conn Hallinan - October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Religion, sometimes, is a continuation of politics by other means," notes Jon Alterman, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Middle East division, and it was hard to avoid that thought about last month's conference of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) in Washington D.C.

Syria Sets Conditions For Role In Peace Talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Robin Wright - October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday rejected his nation's participation in U.S.-brokered talks on Middle East peace unless issues critical to Damascus, such as the Golan Heights, are included. Syria's first high-level statement on the peace talks, planned for next month, may be an attempt to widen discussions aimed largely at a deal between Israel and the Palestinians. But Assad's rejection also could play into the Bush administration's preference that Syria not attend unless it moderates its position on several issues, U.S. analysts said.

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