Blair Admits He Is Shocked By Discrimination On The West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
by Donald Macintyre - October 15, 2007 - 2:19pm


While his aides munched tuna bagels thoughtfully provided by the Israeli military, a shirt-sleeved Tony Blair peered intently at a map showing the two main cargo crossing-points that will function between the West Bank and Israel once the 450-mile separation barrier between them is complete. Why, Mr Blair wanted to know from his host, an Israeli general in civvies, couldn't goods also be moved directly across the border from the nearby Palestinian industrial park that he is pressing Israel to approve?


Abbas Wants Return To Pre-1967 Borders
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Mohammed Daraghmeh - October 10, 2007 - 12:42pm


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday laid out his most specific demands for the borders of a future independent state, calling for a full Israeli withdrawal from all territories captured in the 1967 Mideast war. Abbas' claim comes as Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams are trying to hammer out a joint vision for a future peace deal in time for a U.S.-hosted conference next month.


Bush Says 'very Optimistic' On Mideast Peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
October 5, 2007 - 2:39pm


President George W. Bush said in comments aired on Friday he was "very optimistic" a Palestinian state could be set up alongside Israel and that next month's Middle East conference could lead towards peace in the region. The U.S.-sponsored conference is due to take place in the Washington area in mid to late November, although there are doubts over how far it will go towards ending decades of conflict and uncertainty over which Arab states will attend.


Palestinian Politics in Crisis: A Trip Report
Speech by Ziad Asali at Foundation for Middle East Peace - Washington, DC - August 2, 2004 - 11:00pm

Simply stated, crossing the bridge from Jordan to the West Bank is a hassle. However, it is also an orderly juncture over an established state border with nothing temporary about it. Traversing it gives the traveler a sense of his powerlessness in the dominant military presence of the officials of the State. The July sun scorches the lowest spot on earth and the forbidding arid and naked landscape makes you wonder how strange the Palestinians and Israelis must seem to others: Are these people serious in fighting over this barren land?


Investing in Peace for Palestine

Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
National Press Club, Washington D.C.
Address to the American Task Force on Palestine
February 11, 2008

Introduction

Your Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Good afternoon.



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Palestinians Make Strides In West Bank Security :Transcript

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One reason the Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to talk again is that security conditions in the West Bank have improved substantially. Over the past few years, the Palestinian Authority has taken a larger role restoring order, even disarming militants. There is a new civilian police and a security force trained and funded by the U.S. and the European Union.

Deborah Amos reports from the West Bank.

DEBORAH AMOS: Captain Abir Abu Farah, trim in her blue police uniform, is the 32-year-old police chief of Beit Sahour, a Palestinian Christian town south of Jerusalem.



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Bottom-Up Meets Top-Down for Progress
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Middle East Progress
by Robert Danin - (Interview) December 31, 1969 - 7:00pm


Can you give our readers a view of the current Palestinian economic situation, from the ground?


Comments by Chairman Ackerman at Congressional Hearing on Gaza - February 12, 2009