Daily News Issue Date: 
October 23, 2008

The Los Angeles Times answers some basic questions regarding the formation of Israel’s new ruling coalition (1). The World Bank issues a report citing Israeli restrictions as a main inhibitor of economic growth in the West Bank (2). Israeli President Shimon Peres lends his support to the revival of the Arab peace initiative (3). Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad joins West Bank farmers to help with the olive harvest (4). Israel approves the deployment of additional Palestinian Security Forces in Hebron (5). An Israeli citizen is stabbed and killed by a Palestinian in Jerusalem (7). Knesset members urge the demolition of the attacker’s home (9).

Examining Israel's efforts toward building a new government
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Ashraf Khalil - October 22, 2008 - 8:00pm

Reporting from Jerusalem -- Israeli Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni has asked for and received a two-week extension on her original four-week deadline to form a new governing coalition. With nearly a month of Jewish holidays ending Wednesday, the negotiations to bring other political parties on board should heat up fast. Here's a primer on the proceedings. So what's the real deadline?

West Bank hit hard by Israeli restrictions: World Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
October 22, 2008 - 8:00pm

The West Bank's economy is suffering from precarious lack of investment, largely because of Israeli restrictions on movement and despite increased international aid, the World Bank said on Thurday. The 48-page report comes nearly a year after Israel and the Palestinians formally relaunched peace talks at a conference in the United States with the goal of resolving their decades-old conflict by the end of 2008. It also comes less than a year after international donors pledged more than seven billion dollars over three years to aid the creation of a Palestinian state.

Peres: Arab peace initiative is an opportunity
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
October 22, 2008 - 8:00pm

A long-stalled Arab peace initiative could bring peace to the Middle East _ still riven by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict _ the Israeli President Shimon Peres said Thursday, making his first endorsement of the proposal in an Arab country. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, however, openly disagreed with Peres during a joint press conference, saying Palestinians and Israelis must reach a bilateral agreement before Arab states could consider normalizing relations with the Jewish state.

Palestinians won't be driven off, says Fayyad
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Wafa Amr - October 21, 2008 - 8:00pm

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad joined West Bank farmers to pick olives Wednesday and slammed assaults by Jewish settlers on the harvesters as "terrorism." Fayyad rolled up his shirt sleeves and climbed up a ladder to help an old woman pluck olives from her tree in Mazra al-Gharbiyeh, a village north of the West Bank city of Ramallah which is surrounded by Jewish settlements. His visit was "a clear message that we are here to stay," the Palestinian premier said.

Israel approves more Palestinian police in Hebron -- radio
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
October 22, 2008 - 8:00pm

Israel has approved deploying several hundred additional Palestinian policemen in the West Bank town of Hebron as part of an operation to restore order, Israeli public radio reported Thursday. The deployment, the date for which has yet to be set, was agreed at a meeting Wednesday between officials of the Israeli military and the Palestinian Authority's security service.

Abbas 'Changing Old Guard' With Removal of Intel Chief
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Middle East Times
by Sana Abdallah - October 22, 2008 - 8:00pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sacked his intelligence chief in the West Bank, Brig-Gen. Tawfiq al-Tirawi, in a move widely believed to be part of security reforms linked to ensuring the success of upcoming reconciliation talks between rival Fatah and Hamas in Cairo next month.

Livni: I'll call elections Sunday if no coalition formed by then
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Mazal Mualem - October 22, 2008 - 8:00pm

Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni set an ultimatum on Thursday, giving her potential coalition partners three days to join a new government under her leadership or face the prospect of new elections. Livni, who under law has until Nov. 3 to put together a parliamentary majority, informed President Shimon Peres of her decision. "This is the time for decisions for all of us - either a government or elections and the decision will fall on Sunday and until Sunday everyone is going to have to some soul searching and make their decision," she told her Kadima party.

MKs demand: Raze Jerusalem terrorist's home
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Amnon Meranda - October 22, 2008 - 8:00pm

Knesset Member Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beiteinu) warned Thursday that the latest streak of terror attacks in Jerusalem was a direct result of Israel's failing deterrence. Aharonovitch spoke in response to Thursday morning's stabbing attack in Jerusalem, which claimed the life of 86-year-old Avraham Ozeri and left a police officer moderately wounded. Ozeri was a resident of the Gilo neighborhood in the capital.

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