Israeli DM denies reported meeting with Abbas in Jordan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
October 16, 2012 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Defense Ministry on Tuesday denied a Palestinian report alleging that Minister Ehud Barak recently met with Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan.


Salafis say Hamas security preventing new political party
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
October 15, 2012 - 12:00am


GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The founders of a new Salafi political party said Monday that their official launch is being obstructed by Hamas security forces, not legal regulations as the government in Gaza has claimed. Last week, Salafis announced the Al-Nur party, or 'party of the light', would start officially operating in the coming days. It said it would work on similar lines to an Egyptian party of the same name, which follows an ultra-conservative Islamic ideology.


Arafat aide: Israel reaching out to Abbas successors
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
October 15, 2012 - 12:00am


RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- A former adviser to President Yasser Arafat on Saturday accused Israel of working to replace the current president behind the scenes. Bassam Abu Sharif said Israeli officials were making calls to Palestinian figures in Israeli jail to scope out a successor to President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as to people close to the president.


Abbas says Olmert was "two months" from peace deal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
October 14, 2012 - 12:00am


RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct 14 (Reuters) - In comments that may stir Israel's election campaign, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that he and Ehud Olmert were "two months" away from a peace deal before Olmert had to resign as Israeli prime minister.


Abbas says Olmert was "two months" from peace deal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
October 14, 2012 - 12:00am


RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct 14 (Reuters) - In comments that may stir Israel's election campaign, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that he and Ehud Olmert were "two months" away from a peace deal before Olmert had to resign as Israeli prime minister.


Will Palestinians accept Romney's outstretched hand?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Christian Science Monitor
by Joshua Mitnick - October 9, 2012 - 12:00am


Tel Aviv, Israel Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has softened his message to Palestinians, even as he makes mending ties with Israel a main foreign policy plank.


PA: No date set for payment of September salaries
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
October 9, 2012 - 12:00am


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority has not set a date for the payment of government employees' September salaries, PA spokeswoman Nour Odeh said Monday. The Ministry of Finance will release a statement when the salaries are available to employees, Odeh told Ma'an. On Wednesday, the PA paid part of employees' August salaries. Their full salaries had been put on hold to pay lower wage earners.


Hamas in transition
In Print by Hussein Ibish - NOW Lebanon (Opinion) - October 9, 2012 - 12:00am

The recent exchange of attacks between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip is unlikely to lead to a broader conflict, but it helps illuminate some of the dramatic changes happening within Hamas. It is yet another indication of the increasing willingness of Hamas factions in Gaza to resume not only countenancing but participating in rocket attacks against Israel. This, in turn, reflects the increasing influence and independence of more militant elements within the organization and their strategy for trying to wrest control of Hamas away from externally-based leaders. 


Vote on Palestinian UN bid within two months: Abbas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
October 3, 2012 - 12:00am


RAMALLAH, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced Tuesday that the bid for the UN recognition of Palestine as a non-member state will be presented and voted on in October or November.


PA distributes August salaries
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
October 3, 2012 - 12:00am


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority finance ministry said Wednesday that it was distributing late salaries to employees who have been waiting since early September to be paid. Ministry spokesman Rami Mahdawi said the salaries would be paid out on Thursday to employees making over 4,500 shekels per month. Their full salaries had been put on hold to pay lower wage earners.



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