Israel reviewing Gaza blockade format - minister
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Ori Lewis - June 15, 2010 - 12:00am

Israel is examining ways to ease its Gaza blockade, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday, calling the current policy counterproductive and confirming remarks by Middle East envoy Tony Blair that change was likely. "It is time to end the closure in its current form. It does not provide any value to Israel. From a diplomatic standpoint it causes great image problems," Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog told Israel Radio. He said Israel had informed Blair, who briefed EU foreign ministers on Monday, that it intends to "permit an easier passage of goods" to the Gaza Strip.

Arab Israeli the most hated person in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Globe and Mail
by Patrick Martin - June 15, 2010 - 12:00am

Two weeks ago, she was virtually unknown. But after travelling aboard the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara, on which nine Turkish citizens were killed when Israeli commandos stormed the boat, Hanin Zoaby, a 41-year-old, first-term Knesset member, has become the most hated person in Israel. As an Arab Israeli, she also has found herself at the centre of a new political force with which Israel will have to contend.

Young leaders prepare study on EU export opportunities
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 14, 2010 - 12:00am

Following the EU announcement that officials were preparing a proposal to open the entire union's market to Palestinian goods, officials from the Young Leaders Organization in Ramallah said a feasibility study was underway. The research will examine a series of export opportunities to EU nations, and according to a statement by the group, aims "to identify opportunities and constraints that prevent the exploitation of the designated ad hoc quota for Palestinian businesses who would like to export their products to Europe."

Fayyad condemns attack on Israeli police
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 15, 2010 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad condemned Monday's shooting incident south of Hebron that left one Israeli police officer dead and two others injured. The police had been operating in Hebron and the nearby illegal settlements and were reportedly en route to Beersheba when they were ambushed by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, who said in a statement that the attack came as retribution for the shooting deaths of nine Turkish nationals aboard an aid ship bound for Gaza.

Travesty of a probe
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
(Editorial) June 15, 2010 - 12:00am

It is no better than a murderer offering to investigate his own crime. It does not matter that the work of the three-man inquiry will monitored by two foreign observers. This is a whitewash in the making.

Israelis have mixed feelings about flotilla inquiry
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Edmund Sanders - June 15, 2010 - 12:00am

With a sense of relief and a touch of anxiety, Israelis braced themselves Monday for another high-profile probe of their military's conduct. Relief stemmed from the hope that an Israeli-led commission, approved by the government Monday, will head off U.N. calls for an international inquiry into Israel's May 31 raid on an aid flotilla seeking to break its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Nine Turkish activists were killed in the operation. Anxiety persists, however, because recent inquiries into the military have led to political shake-ups and painful soul-searching.

Egypt in awkward position on Gaza following Israeli attack on aid flotilla
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Janine Zacharia - June 15, 2010 - 12:00am

With pressure building on Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip, Egypt finds itself in the uncomfortable position of continuing to help enforce the siege while watching Turkey outflank the region's traditional Sunni Arab heavyweights in championing the Palestinian cause.

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