Middle East News: World Press Roundup

An IDF soldier is arrested following the release of video of the shooting of a Palestinian prisoner (1) (4). British Prime Minister Gordon Brown demands an end to Israeli settlement construction and promises more aid for the Palestinian economy (5). Israel continues its actions against allegedly Hamas-affiliated institutions in the West Bank (7). There is speculation that Israel might be willing to release Marwan Barghouti in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit (9) (11). Barack Obama is set to visit Israel and Palestine later this week (10) (12).





Talks Signal Mideast Shift
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from International Herald Tribune
by Michael Slackman - (Analysis) July 21, 2008 - 2:37pm


BEIRUT: After years of escalating tensions and bloodshed, the talk in the Middle East is suddenly about talking. The shift is still relatively subtle, but hints of a new approach in the waning months of President George W. Bush's administration are fueling hopes of at least short-term stability for the first time since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.


Jewish Guerrillas Told British: Quit Palestine Or Die
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times
by Marcus Leroux - July 21, 2008 - 2:40pm


A pamphlet warning Britons to leave the Middle East or face death has come to light in a stash of illicit propaganda. The document does not hail from Basra or Baghdad, nor was it penned by the Islamists of al-Qaeda or the al-Mahdi Army. It was found in Haifa, about 60 years ago, and it was issued by the underground group led by Menachem Begin – the future Prime Minister of Israel and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.


Israel Probes 'detainee Shooting'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bbc News
July 21, 2008 - 2:43pm


Israel says it has launched an inquiry after an Israeli human rights group released footage that appears to show a soldier shoot a Palestinian detainee. The video is blurred when the gun fires, but the Palestinian man says a rubber bullet hit his left big toe and he was treated by an army medic. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) called the incident "grave" and in "direct contradiction" of the army's values. Rights group B'Tselem said the incident occurred on 7 July in the West Bank.


British Leader Presses Israel To Halt Settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Mohammed Daraghmeh - July 21, 2008 - 2:45pm


BETHLEHEM, West Bank - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown demanded yesterday that Israel cease settlement construction and promised more money to jump-start the battered Palestinian economy. In his first trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories as Britain's leader, Brown repeatedly stressed that economics are key to Mideast peace, and said Israel should ease travel restrictions in the West Bank that have hindered commerce.


Israeli Forces Detain Hamas Lawmaker, Businessmen
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Dan Williams - July 21, 2008 - 2:47pm


NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces detained a Hamas woman lawmaker on Monday along with 14 managers of a West Bank business venture that Israel accuses of having links to the Islamist faction, Palestinian officials said. The detentions in Nablus looked likely to stoke tensions between Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is trying to advance his own law-and-order drive in the city and elsewhere in the West Bank since breaking with Hamas last year.


Israel Army Arrests 30 Palestinians In Nablus
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Kuwait News Agency (kuna)
July 21, 2008 - 2:50pm


RAMALLAH, July 21 (KUNA) -- The Israeli Army arrested, Sunday, around twenty Palestinians in Nablus City and its refugee camps. Security sources in the city said Hamas movement MP Mona Mansour was arrested after her house was besieged in Balatah Camp, east Nablus. A number of businessmen, owners of currency exchange shops, and workers at commercial establishments were also arrested, along with 8 university students who were arrested after their dorms at Al Najah University were raided.


Abbas Blasts Israel Over Annapolis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Kuwait News Agency (kuna)
July 21, 2008 - 2:53pm


BETHLEHEM, July 20 (KUNA) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday voiced concern over Israeli failure to meet the principles of the US Annapolis peace conference, mainly settlement suspension. Abbas was speaking at a joint news conference with visiting Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Bethlehem. He added that Israel had not yet responded to the Arab peace initiative, which envisions just and total peace between Israel and the Arab world and a viable Palestinian state.


Israel To Free Barguit For Shalit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Roee Nahmias - July 21, 2008 - 3:03pm


 Israel has agreed in principle to release Marwan Barguti and a number of prominent Hamas leaders from prison – diplomatic sources were quoted as saying in Monday's 'Al-Bayan' newspaper, based in the United Arab Emirates. According to the report, Israel will free Barguti, Fatah's former secretary-general in the West Bank, and the Hamas officials as part of the burgeoning exchange deal with the Islamist Hamas group in return for captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.


What What Will Obama Look For In Jerusalem (and Ramallah)?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shmuel Rosner - (Blog) July 21, 2008 - 3:07pm


It's hard to really know what Senator Barack Obama wanted to achieve when he spoke last month at the America Israel Public Affairs Committee annual conference.


Report: Israel Willing To Free Marwan Barghouti For Shalit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amoss Harel, Barak Ravid - July 21, 2008 - 3:10pm


A Gulf newspaper reported Monday that Israel is willing to include jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti in a list of 300 Palestinian prisoners to be freed in exchange for abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.


Obama To Land Here Tuesday For Meetings With Israeli And Palestinian Leaders
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - July 21, 2008 - 3:12pm


U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is scheduled to land in Israel tomorrow for a visit, which will include meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Obama is scheduled to dine with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert tomorrow, and will later visit the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Over dinner, the prime minister plans to discuss Israel's military intelligence on the Iranian nuclear program and stress the importance of maintaining diplomatic pressure on Tehran.





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