February 25th

Palestinians Say Naalin Protestor Beaten By Idf
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

A Palestinian man was moderately wounded on Thursday afternoon during a demonstration against the security fence in the West Bank village of Naalin, located west of Ramallah. Some 150 Palestinians and left-wing activists are currently staging at protest there against the construction of the security fence, and are hurling rocks towards Border Police troops that are securing the site.

A Note To Hillary On Jerusalem Disunited
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg - October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Dear Hillary, A colleague alerted me to your recent position paper on Israel, with your promise of support for an "undivided Jerusalem." I appreciate the warm feelings, but I admit I was confused by your description of my city. Since you are a careful, wonky candidate, I figured you must have details at your disposal. So this morning I called a Palestinian cabby friend, and together we went looking for the "undivided Jerusalem."

Report: Cairo Warns Hamas Of Israeli Attacks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Roee Nahmias - August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

Egypt has warned Hamas leaders that Israel may target them if the organization refuses to compromise on its inflexible stance in the negotiations to secure the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit – Hamas officials are quoted as telling the London-based 'Al-Quds Al-Arabi' newspaper.

Route Of Security Fence Realigned To Leave 1,000 Acres To East
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Aviad Glickman - August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

The State Prosecution informed the High Court of Justice on Thursday that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have decided to significantly alter the course of the security fence near the settlement of Maale Adumim, moving it to the west and leaving some 1,000 acres east of the fence. The decision was made following to petitions regarding the route of the fence in the area of Maale Adumim.

The Problems Are Already Here
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Danny Rubenstein - October 1, 2007 - 12:00am

Palestinian and Israeli sources share the opinion that regular meetings between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, which will continue tomorrow after Abbas returns from the United States and Portugal, were significant and comprehensive. Perhaps the most comprehensive meetings ever held between the two statesmen.

Moot Argument
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Meron Benvenisti - (Opinion) August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

It's hard to tell whether the reports that more and more Palestinians are now leaning toward a one-state solution are genuinely due to an increase in supporters of the idea, or to Israeli sensitivity. The binational bogeyman is so off-putting to Israelis that any Palestinian expression on the issue gives rise to speculation and conspiracy theories.

In The End, Bet On Israeli Hawks To Forge The Peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Bradley Burston - October 1, 2007 - 12:00am

You could always count on the leftists here for certain things. They have proven themselves superb novelists and collective farmers, singer-songwriters and operators of fighter-bombers. They are unsurpassed at holding demonstrations, signing petitions, opening channels of communication in the arts, in academia, and, trans-wall, on the ground with the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza. They just can't make peace.

Livni: Time Is Running Out For Peace Talks With Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Thursday called for a unity coalition to pursue the creation of Palestinian state living peacefully alongside Israel, saying "time is against the moderates" looking to reach a peace agreement. Livni, a front-runner to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said she would try to form such a government if she wins next month's primary election of the ruling Kadima Party, as polls indicate she is likely to do.

America's Diplomatic Fig Leaf
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Amir Taheri - September 28, 2007 - 12:00am

What do diplomats do when they don't know what to do? You guessed it; they propose holding an international conference. The device is useful on several grounds. It covers one's political nakedness with the fig leaf of an impression that something is being done. It creates a crowd to divert attention from one's isolation. And, last but not least, it enables one to put a tiresome problem on the backburner for a while. Does the rule apply to Washington's proposal to convene an international conference on the Middle East peace in November?

Palestine Central Bank's Tricky Path
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Wall Street Journal
by Bob Davis - August 22, 2008 - 12:00am

Ben Bernanke worries about being held hostage to the global economy. The central banker for the Palestinian territories frets about hostage-taking of a different kind. "Sometimes people take a gun to the head of a branch manager," says Jihad al-Wazir, governor of the Palestine Monetary Authority. "Then I get a phone call."

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