Palestinian panel starts updating voter registers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
February 11, 2013 - 1:00am


Palestinian poll: Hamas' Haniyeh would win PA presidency over Abbas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - December 17, 2012 - 1:00am

If elections for Palestinian president were to take place today, and the candidates were Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Haniyeh would win, a new Palestinian public opinion poll reveals. According to the poll, published on Monday by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), headed by Khalil Shikaki, some 48 percent of the electorate would vote for Haniyeh, compared with 45 percent to Abbas.

Hamas official: Mashaal will not run for re-election
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
December 12, 2012 - 1:00am

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas' chief-in-exile Khaled Mashaal will not run for re-election as leader of the Islamist movement, a group official said Wednesday, reiterating a position outlined several months ago.

Talk about Reconciliation Following Meshaal’s Visit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Hayat
by Elias Harfoush - (Opinion) December 11, 2012 - 1:00am

If this is the road to the Palestinian reconciliation, as promised by the head of Hamas’ politburo Khaled Meshaal, then this will most certainly be a difficult road ridden with conflicting positions and campaigns.

Hamas wants a Gaza defense ministry
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from United Press International (UPI)
December 6, 2012 - 1:00am

GAZA, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A Hamas official said the group plans to establish a defense ministry in the Gaza Strip to enhance resistance efforts against Israel.

Official: Party conference in 2013 to reboot Fatah
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 26, 2012 - 1:00am

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party will hold a general conference in the first half of 2013 in order to revitalize the movement, a senior official said Sunday. Fatah is reeling from Israel's eight-day war on Gaza, which was seen locally as victory for Hamas and other factions using armed resistance in Gaza.

State of Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
(Editorial) November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

Our political leaders are reassessing their options in the wake of the latest escalation in the South. Israel’s current policy is to react to each new barrage from Gaza by identifying and singling out the specific terrorist organization that fired at our civilians, targeting rocket-launching crews and arms caches.

Israel reckons with unraveling Gaza policy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Joel Greenberg - (Analysis) October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

When the emir of Qatar paid the first visit by a head of state to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip last week, there were two different reactions from the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Israel: Arrests for Rebuilding Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - (Analysis) October 29, 2012 - 12:00am

Israel’s security service, Shin Bet, has arrested about 30 Palestinians in the West Bank over the past few months on suspicion of working to rebuild the local infrastructure of 

Palestinians Stage Elections; Young Voters Shrug
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from 972 Magazine
by Lena Odgaard - October 24, 2012 - 12:00am

Ramallah, West Bank — Despite Hamas’ boycott of the Palestinian municipal elections and a discouraging 55% turnout, candidates and observers alike saw the Oct. 20 poll as essential to re-establish political legitimacy in the city councils after a seven-year voting hiatus. But among the young electorate, Al-Monitor found few who believed their vote mattered.

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