U.S. to meet full pledge to P.A.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
October 15, 2008 - 7:00pm


The United States is set to make good on its pledge to transfer $550 million to the Palestinian Authority. Henrietta Fore, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, made the announcement Sunday at the annual dinner of the American Task Force on Palestine. The United States made the pledge last December at a donors' conference that solicited an overall $7 billion in pledges. Many of the countries, particularly Arab nations, have yet to make good on their pledges.


Rice vows to do best to reach Mideast peace deal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Natasha Mozgovaya - October 14, 2008 - 7:00pm


U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that she would leave "no stone unturned" in order to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal before leaving office, but conceded that time is running out. Speaking to a U.S. conference on Palestinian business and investment, Rice said she still hoped to reach the Bush administration's goal of a peace deal by the end of 2008, which was set at the Annapolis summit nearly a year ago.


Remarks at the Palestinian Business and Investment Forum
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
by Condoleezza Rice - October 13, 2008 - 7:00pm


Thank you very much. I’d like to thank Walter for that very kind introduction. I also really want to pay tribute to Jim Jones and the hard work that he has done as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace and Security. In fact, Jim has been tireless in working to help the two of the legs come together in a more integrated way. It is absolutely true that security is clearly very important for the Palestinian people, for the neighborhood that both Israelis and Palestinians can feel secure.


West Bank Foreign Investment Grows Despite Fears of Foundering Talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Wall Street Journal
by Jay Solomon - October 13, 2008 - 7:00pm


Efforts to attract foreign investment into the West Bank are accelerating, despite fears that U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel are foundering, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said in an interview. Mr. Fayyad is spearheading his government's push to revive economic activity in the Palestinian territories and strengthen its institutions, as talks with Israel to formalize a Palestinian state continue.


Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad Reaffirms Commitment to Self-Empowerment, Peace at ATFP Gala
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - October 11, 2008 - 11:00pm

Washington, DC, Oct 13 – While strongly criticizing Israel’s occupation policies, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told the audience at the Third Annual American Task Force on Palestine Gala on Oct.


Palestinians sue Israel for not evacuating West Bank outpost
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
October 5, 2008 - 7:00pm


Five Palestinian farmers are suing the state for not evacuating the illegal West Bank outpost of Migron, which is built upon land they own. The plaintiffs are seeking NIS 1.5 million for damage caused to their livelihoods by the outpost, which the government committed to evacuate over a year ago. The Israeli human rights group Yesh Din filed the lawsuit at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Sunday on behalf of the plaintiffs. The organization described the lawsuit brought as the first of its kind involving an illegal outpost.


Egypt to host ME summit in November
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
by Mohammed Mar’i - October 2, 2008 - 7:00pm


Israel, the Palestinians and the Middle East Quartet will meet in November to review progress in US-backed peace talks launched nearly a year ago, according to a senior Israeli official. The official told the Israeli daily Haaretz that the Israeli and Palestine Authority participants would brief the Quartet over progress made in the ongoing peace talks.


Egypt to host 'Annapolis 2' peace summit in November
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - October 1, 2008 - 7:00pm


An international summit is to be held in Egypt in November, with representatives from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the members of the Quartet - the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations. According to a senior official in Jerusalem, the Israeli and PA participants will brief the Quartet over progress made in the ongoing peace talks.


Failure Written in West Bank Stone
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Gershom Gorenberg - September 29, 2008 - 7:00pm


The latest phone call came from a journalist in Denmark. Why, he asked, has Israeli settlement in the West Bank continued despite peace negotiations with the Palestinians?


Oslo at 15 Years--A Vanishing Dream
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Prospectsforpeace.com
by Daniel Levy - September 28, 2008 - 7:00pm


This month marked 15 years since the signing of the Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles on the South Lawn of the White House, launching the Oslo process and a new hope for the Middle East. The anniversary was largely ignored, overshadowed by the latest rounds of political uncertainty and upheaval in both Israel (where the ruling Kadima party elected Tzipi Livni its new leader) and in the Palestinian territories. Indeed there was little cause for fanfare or celebration.



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