October 28th

Post Script: No harm in thinking
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Hirsh Goodman - (Opinion) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Those who argue that America should reconsider its military aid package to Israel have a point.

Fatah fires senior member for criminal, financial charges
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Xiong Tong - (Analysis) October 27, 2011 - 12:00am

The Fatah party has officially fired a senior member for criminal and financial charges, a source from the party said Thursday. The decision to fire Mohammed Dahlan, the former head of the Palestinian National Authority's forces in the Gaza Strip, was supported by 76 members of Fatah's revolutionary council, a member of the council told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Thirteen members voted against the decision while seven refused to vote.

There must be another way
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Uri Savir - (Opinion) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Last Tuesday was one of the most emotional days in Israel’s modern history. Virtually the entire nation was moved to its core at the sight of the young, frail Gilad Schalit making his way to freedom after almost five-and-a-half years in Hamas captivity. It touched on the nation’s fundamental values of the sanctity of life, especially in this case of a young soldier, sent by his government and cared for by his family who struggled with tremendous dignity to rescue their son and found a place in almost every Israeli heart.

In the Holy Land, a changed Christian world
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Statesman
by Matti Friedman - (Analysis) October 27, 2011 - 12:00am

The schedules for Mass at the two Roman Catholic churches in Jaffa, on Israel's Mediterranean coast, reveal a change that has dramatically, if quietly, altered the face of Christianity in the Holy Land.

How not to solve the Bedouin problem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Opinion) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent order to Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman to find ways to retroactively legalize illegal outposts on privately held Palestinian land should surprise no one familiar with the coalition's contempt for Palestinians and our legal system: If we can't have Greater Israel, at least we can have Lesser Palestine. But the government's legal arsenal is also being deployed against another target - Israel's Bedouin citizens in the Negev.

Abbas must choose to seek peace deal with Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yoel Marcus - (Opinion) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

In a manner reminiscent of the popular movie "Free Willy," a new script is being written, tentatively entitled "Free Mahmoud Abbas." As a result of the Hamas "victory," the IDF wants to strengthen Mahmoud Abbas via a series of gestures. Haaretz's editorial page has recommended that Netanyahu listen to the army's recommendation, as though Abbas deserves compensation for the wholesale prisoner release won by Hamas.

Abbas says to discuss PA fate with Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Alternet
by Tom Perry - (Analysis) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

President Mahmoud Abbas plans to discuss the fate of the Palestinian Authority with his rivals Hamas next month, raising questions over its future with the peace process at a dead end. The remarks make clear Abbas is seriously mulling the future of the Palestinian Authority (PA), which was set up as a state-in-waiting 17 years ago but is now seen by critics as compromised body that eases the burden of occupation for Israel.

Envoy complains to UN over Lieberman 'incitement'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
(Analysis) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations has complained to the Security Council that the Israeli foreign minister's call for President Mahmoud Abbas's removal constitutes "incitement" and undermines the peace process. Avigdor Lieberman called the president "the greatest obstacle to peace" and his resignation a "blessing", in remarks to reporters on Monday. After outcry from Palestinian ministers and a UN spokesman warning the comments were "deeply troubling" and an attempt to delegitimize the president, Lieberman repeated his comments to Israel's army radio on Wednesday.

Bosnia presidents 'cannot agree' on UN bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
(Analysis) October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Bosnia's trio of presidents said on Thursday they could not agree on whether to support a Palestinian bid for full UN membership, with Sarajevo potentially holding a key vote in the UN Security Council. Bosnia's presidency has been shared by leaders of its Muslim, Croat and Serb communities since its 1992-95 war. In a statement after meeting Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Sarajevo, the triumvirate said it had so far been unable to reach a joint position on the Palestinian application, reflecting the country's own ethnic divisions.

Israeli-Egyptian swap highlights brittle ties
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Statesman
by Tia Goldenberg - (Analysis) October 27, 2011 - 12:00am

Israel said Thursday that it agreed to trade Egyptian prisoners for a U.S.-Israeli citizen imprisoned in Cairo on unsubstantiated suspicions of spying to defuse a potential crisis between the two neighboring countries. Israel's agreement to such a swap highlights how brittle relations have become between the two since the fall of Egypt's longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, and that many on both sides want to preserve them.

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