FM presents: 2nd disengagement from Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Shimon Shiffer - July 16, 2010 - 12:00am

Five years after Israel's unilateral disengagement from Gaza, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has proposed a new plan aimed at ridding Israel of any responsibility for the coastal enclave, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Friday. Lieberman is troubled by the fact that despite the evacuation of all Israeli settlements in Gaza and a full IDF withdrawal, the disengagement was not acknowledged by the international community, which still demands that Israel provide the Strip's residents with their basic necessities.

MESS Report / In the West Bank, new cars signal the good life
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Avi Issacharoff - July 16, 2010 - 12:00am

New car lots and showrooms, offering vehicles of every kind but mainly Korean, have sprung up at the entrances to Nablus, from the Hawara checkpoint in the south and from the west. Similar showrooms have appeared at Jenin's southern and northern entrances. The dealerships, showing brand-new cars, reflect the economic growth in the West Bank. While in the '90s, West Bank cities served as a hideout for cars stolen from Israel, today their streets are lined with just-bought models. A Palestinian journalist in Nablus calls it "the car intifada."

Turkel committee demands documents
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Atilla Somfalvi - July 16, 2010 - 12:00am

Retired Justice Jacob Turkel, head of the commission probing the events surrounding the Gaza-bound flotilla, has issued letters to military and government officials demanding they turn over to him all correspondence that led to the decision to besiege the Gaza Strip. Letters were issued to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and Brigadier General (Res.) Giora Eiland. Turkel also asked for all the documentation pertaining to the takeover of the Turkish flotilla in the end of May.

Beit Yonatan council to fight expulsion
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
July 16, 2010 - 12:00am

The council for Jewish residents in Silwan have secret plans to bring in about 2,500 youth to help prevent to their expulsion from Beit Yehonatan should police attempt to force them to leave the disputed building, Channel 10 reported on Thursday evening. According to the plans, the youth will be brought into the area two days before any planned expulsion from the building to assist in preparations for the day of expulsion.

Palestinians may soon have to swear loyalty to 'Jewish' state
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Jonathan Lis, Dana Weiler-Polak - July 16, 2010 - 12:00am

The cabinet is expected to approve a series of measures on Sunday that would make it harder for Palestinians to acquire permanent residency or citizenship in Israel. The most notable would require Palestinians to declare their loyalty to "a Jewish and democratic state" before being granted Israeli citizenship. The measures will primarily affect Palestinian men and women who marry Israeli citizens and then seek citizenship on the basis of family reunification.

46% say Obama is pro-Palestinian
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gil Hoffman - July 16, 2010 - 12:00am

US President Barack Obama’s efforts to reach out to the people of Israel last week – when he hosted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for a positive meeting at the White House and gave his first interview as president to an Israeli television station – were not very successful, according to a Smith Research poll for The Jerusalem Post. When asked whether they saw Obama’s administration as more pro-Israel, more pro- Palestinian or neutral, just 10 percent of Israeli Jews said more pro-Israel, 46% said more pro-Palestinian, 34% said neutral and 10% did not express an opinion.

PNA rejects goodwill gestures as "insult"
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
July 16, 2010 - 12:00am

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on Thursday rejected moving to direct talks with Israel in exchange for Israeli goodwill gestures as "insult." "Going to direct negotiations in exchange for motivation, including financial support, is insulting," said Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator. Stopping settlement expansions, removing checkpoints and releasing prisoners "are Israeli obligations and can't be considered as motivation or goodwill gestures," Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio.

Who'd be a travel agent in Gaza?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
by Donald MacIntyre - July 16, 2010 - 12:00am

Nabil Shurafa breaks off his explanation of the trials of being a travel agent in a territory where the large majority of citizens cannot travel, to take a call from one of his few lucky clients. It is a bank employee booked on a Cairo-Damascus Egyptair flight at 2.30am tomorrow. "You'll get the bus from Rafah at 11. Be sure to tell the [Egyptian] soldier that you have to be at the airport by 1am at the latest. The flight goes from terminal three."

Arab League chief optimistic over peace talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
July 16, 2010 - 12:00am

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said on Wednesday he is quite optimistic over the peace talks between the Palestinian National Authority (PA) and Israel. During his meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem, Moussa confirmed that he would wait for the Arab Follow- up Committee meeting on July 29 which is going to discuss the results of the indirect talks between PNA and Israel. The Israeli siege imposed on Gaza Strip was also discussed as Moussa confirmed that it must be lifted rather than reduced or even frozen.

Support for Israel near record high, Gallup Poll shows
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
July 16, 2010 - 12:00am

Support for Israel among Americans is at a near record high, a new poll showed. According to the Gallup Poll, 63 percent of Americans say their sympathies in the Middle East conflict are with Israel, while 15 percent side with the Palestinians. The rest favor both sides, neither side or have no opinion. Support for Israel was higher only in 1991, shortly after Israel was hit with Scud missiles during the Gulf War, when it was at 64 percent.

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