Saudis Courted For Proposed Mideast Summit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Nathan Guttman - October 22, 2007 - 9:47am

As the Bush administration begins pushing aggressively for a new Middle East peace conference this fall, there is already a significant gap among Arab, Israeli and American diplomats about what the conference should attempt to achieve.

Saudi Arabia Says It May Meet Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by David S. Cloud, Helene Cooper - October 22, 2007 - 9:31am

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Wednesday that his country would consider attending President Bush’s planned Israeli-Palestinian peace conference in the fall, which would put Saudi officials publicly at the same table as their Israeli counterparts for the first time since 1991.

Time Does Not Take Orders From Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - (Opinion) October 19, 2007 - 8:40pm

The Palestinian partner was born in Oslo in the summer of 1993, and died seven years later at Camp David. Following seven more years of violence, diplomatic stalemate and renewed settlement - and following the disillusionment from the misconception of unilateral moves - the word "partner" is slowly making a comeback.

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No. 25
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Palestinian Center For Policy And Survey Research
October 19, 2007 - 8:37pm

PRESS RELEASE Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No. (25) While Three Quarters of the Palestinians Reject Hamas’s Military Action in the Gaza Strip and While Fateh and President Mahmud Abbas Gain Popular Support as a Result of Hamas’s Step, and While a Majority Supports the Presidential Decree Regarding Election Law and Supports Early Elections, 40% Want the Government of Ismail Haniyeh to Stay in Power and Half of Gazans Feel They and Their Families are Secure and Safe in Their Homes

Riyadh Gives Talks With Israel Cautious Welcome
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Mark Tran - October 19, 2007 - 8:35pm

Saudi Arabia would sit down with Israel at a US-proposed Middle East peace conference, provided it dealt with matters of substance, Saudi officials said today. The Saudi foreign minister, Saud al-Faisal, said Riyadh welcomed the American initiative after he emerged from talks with the US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, who was in the region with the secretary of defence, Robert Gates, to bolster support for Mr Bush's effort to kick-start Middle East peace talks.

Us Launches Broad Strategy In Middle East
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bbc News
by Paul Reynolds - October 19, 2007 - 8:34pm

The United States has embarked on a diplomatic strategy in the Middle East in which it hopes to rally support for Iraq, arm its allies, isolate Iran and launch a new conference for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. The strategy is being launched in visits to the region by the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Defence Secretary Robert Gates.

Us Offer To Arm Arab States Wins Lukewarm Response From Leaders
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times
by Sonia Verma Verma - October 19, 2007 - 8:31pm

Condoleezza Rice arrives in Israel today hoping to breathe new life into the stalled peace process after offering Arab leaders $20 billion (£10 billion) in arms in return for promises to help to stabilise Iraq and counter the growing influence in the region of Iran.

Teams To Take Up Issues Of Palestinian Statehood
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Scott Wilson - October 19, 2007 - 8:24pm

Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed Monday to form negotiating teams that would begin resolving issues central to the creation of a Palestinian state in advance of a U.S.-sponsored peace conference proposed for later this year.

Progress Eludes Condoleezza Rice In Middle East Talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times
by Richard Beeston - (Editorial) October 19, 2007 - 4:41pm

After five days of shuttle diplomacy, Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, returned home empty-handed yesterday, having failed to pin down participants, an agenda or a firm date for a planned Middle East peace conference. At the end of a punishing round of talks with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab leaders, Dr Rice said that she was “encouraged” by her mission, but admitted that serious obstacles remained.

Palestinians Pessimistic On Peace Talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Financial Times
by Sharmila Devi - October 19, 2007 - 4:40pm

As a series of high-profile international visitors, including Condoleezza Rice and Tony Blair, traipse through the Holy Land, Palestinians are looking on with a mixture of indifference and despair. The US secretary of state and former British prime minister are spear-heading efforts to prod Israel and the Palestinians towards meaningful peace talks and reform of Palestinian institutions and economy.

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