Palestinian president appeals for urgent Arab aid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Abdullah Rebhi - (Analysis) December 9, 2012 - 1:00am

  The Palestinian president is urging Arab nations to provide major financial assistance to cover a new monthly $100 million budgetary shortfall after U.N. recognition of Palestinian claims to statehood — the result of a punitive Israeli measure.

Israel grows jittery of new Palestinian uprising
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Josef Federman - (Analysis) December 9, 2012 - 1:00am

  The rising confidence and bellicosity of Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, combined with rapidly deteriorating relations with Israel's would-be peace partner in the West Bank, are raising jitters in Israel that a new Palestinian uprising could be near.

IDF: Hamas trying to activate W. Bank sleeper cells
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Yaakov Lappin - (Analysis) December 10, 2012 - 1:00am

  Hamas is attempting to reactivate its sleeper cells in the West Bank, the IDF has warned. Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure was destroyed in West Bank cities by the IDF following Operation Defensive Shield in 2002 and subsequent counterterrorism efforts.

Netanyahu: Hamas's Gaza jubilation proves Israel is at risk
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Dan Williams - (Analysis) December 9, 2012 - 1:00am

   Hamas's vow to vanquish Israel after claiming "victory" in last month's Gaza conflict vindicates Israel's reluctance to relinquish more land to the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

PA to sanction Hamas anniversary event in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
(Analysis) December 10, 2012 - 1:00am

The Palestinian Authority has officially agreed to allow a Hamas festival commemorating the movement’s 25th anniversary in the West Bank, an independent politician said Monday.

Growing number in Gaza Strip are in no mood to celebrate
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Edmund Sanders - (Analysis) December 9, 2012 - 1:00am

  As tens of thousands of Gazans celebrated Hamas' 25th anniversary Saturday, Mohamed Mustafa Abdallah huddled by a small fire in a cinder-block shed, assembled from scraps of wreckage from his bombed-out wholesale food business a few feet away.

Hamas leader vows never to recognise Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
(Analysis) December 8, 2012 - 1:00am

  Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, making his first ever visit to the Gaza Strip, vowed on Saturday never to recognise Israel and said his Islamist group would never abandon its claim to all Israeli territory.

Leader Celebrates Founding of Hamas With Defiant Speech
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Steven Erlanger - (Analysis) December 8, 2012 - 1:00am


Palestinians to launch 6-month initiative to restart talks with Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Analysis) December 10, 2012 - 1:00am

  Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Monday that the Palestinian Authority plans to launch a new initiative to renew negotiations with Israel, which would include the release of prisoners and a halt to settlement construction.

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