July 30th

Survey: 64% want Temple rebuilt
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
July 30, 2009 - 12:00am

About two thirds of the public want the Temple rebuilt, including about half of secular Israelis, a new survey conducted for Ynet and the Gesher organization revealed. The survey was held by the Panels Institute among 516 respondents that are a representative sample of the adult Jewish population. The margin of error was 4.3%. Initially, the respondents were asked what happened on Tisha B'Av (Ninth of Av), and showed impressive knowledge. Ninety-seven percent responded that the Temple was destroyed, while only 2% said they did not know.

No peace without support from all parties
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
(Editorial) July 29, 2009 - 12:00am

It has emerged that the US president Barack Obama delivered letters to the leaders of several Arab nations in June, including the UAE, requesting their support in a renewed peace process. While some have responded positively to the request, and some tentatively, others have criticised the effort so long as Israel refuses to budge on the settlements, Gaza remains under crippling blockade, and Israel continues to promote policies aimed at making the country exclusively Jewish in nature.

Palestinian finance minister: Economic peace failed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Tani Goldstein - July 30, 2009 - 12:00am

Palestinian Minister for National Economy Bassem Khoury, speaking Wednesday at a conference at the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv on economic peace, a concept being promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, explained why the Palestinians are not jumping at the opportunity of economic peace.

Isolation and division take their toll in Gaza Strip
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Omar Karmi - July 30, 2009 - 12:00am

Just across the street from the rubble of the Palestinian parliament building, which was bombed on the first day of Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip in late Dec ember 2008, and a few houses down from the crater that marks the site where a Palestinian police station was destroyed on the same day, a cheery little shop nestles among the grey concrete.

Ramallah: Warm welcome for 'Abbas' heir'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - July 30, 2009 - 12:00am

Dozens of senior Palestinian Authority officials, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, welcomed senior Fatah official Abu Maher Ghneim to the West Bank city of Ramallah Wednesday, after 40 years in exile in Tunisia. Other senior movement officials, as well as Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, attended the event. Ghneim retuned to Ramallah ahead of the Fatah convention scheduled to take place in Bethlehem on August 4. Abbas called Ghneim's return "another landmark in the Palestinians' fight for liberation and the modernization of the Fatah movement."

Saudi Rejects Israel Recognition without Withdrawal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
July 30, 2009 - 12:00am

Regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia on Wednesday rebuffed US calls for diplomatic overtures toward Israel and said the Jewish state's settlement expansion is jeopardizing efforts to revive peace talks. "It is Israel that has to move seriously towards the peace process," Saudi foreign ministry spokesman Osama Nugali said. "As we all know, Israel is continuing to take unilateral measures by changing the geographic and demographic facts on the ground, by building settlements and expanding the existing ones," he told AFP.

Gaza's smuggling tunnels feel impact of Israel-Egypt crackdown
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Avi Issacharoff - July 30, 2009 - 12:00am

The smuggling industry into the Gaza Strip is like a long funnel, at one end of which are the tunnels in the Strip and the other is the Sinai Peninsula as far as the Red Sea coast, Israeli intelligence officials say. In recent months Israeli actions against smugglers - according to foreign sources - combined with Egypt's increased willingness to deal with the problem, have begun to produce results. While weapons smuggling has declined, however, the flow of goods in general has turned the tunnels into Gaza's growth industry.

Denying the Nakba
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Ahmad Tibi - (Opinion) July 29, 2009 - 12:00am

The battle is not over some road signs or over the status of the Arabic language or over the school curricula for grade three or four; it is a battle over raising awareness and historical accounts.

Settlers undermining legitimacy of Israel's existence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Asher Susser - July 30, 2009 - 12:00am

The representatives of the settler organizations have recently declared their intention to establish 11 new settlements in the territories, including some, according to media reports, on privately-owned Palestinian land. The operation is being depicted as having been inspired by the 11 tower and stockade communities in the northern Negev that were established just before Yom Kippur in 1946. This is not the first time the settlers have compared their efforts to the settlement activities that provided the foundation for the establishment of the state.

Israel to transfer cement to Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
July 29, 2009 - 12:00am

Israel will transfer cement and other construction materials to Gaza for its reconstruction effort. The decision announced Wednesday was made by Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The hundreds of tons of cement will reportedly be transferred directly to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, bypassing the terrorist Hamas leaders of the coastal strip. It is the first time that Israel has allowed cement, metal pipes and other building material into Gaza since last winter's Operation Cast Lead, Israel had feared that Hamas would use the material for terrorist purposes.

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