Middle East News: World Press Roundup

NEWS: The attack on Egyptian forces in the Sinai Peninsula tests Egypt's new government and its relations with Israel. The attack appears to lessen chances Hamas can get Egypt to change its Gaza crossing border policies, as Gaza is more or less closed to the outside world. Pres. Abbas expresses Palestinian solidarity with Egypt in the fight against terrorism. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood posts an article on its website saying Israel may be responsible for the attack. Tribal leaders in the Peninsula say they warned Egyptian officials about extremist activity. PM Fayyad says Palestinians should hold parliamentary elections as soon as possible without waiting for a reconciliation between the PA and Hamas. Environmental concerns shadow Israel's offshore oil drilling. Tel Aviv's city council rejects the inclusion of Arabic in its logo. Water in Gaza is increasingly polluted and expensive. Palestinian refugees in Syria are seeking help from Lebanon. COMMENTARY: Hussein Ibish says Egypt's new president has little choice but to continue with traditional foreign policy approaches towards the Sinai Peninsula and Israel. Ofer Aderet recalls the hanging of 2 British soldiers by Jewish extremists in Palestine during the mandatory period. Edgar Bronfman says Pres. Obama has not talked about supporting Israel, but simply done it. The Jerusalem Post says it's time for Egypt and Israel to combat a common enemy, terrorism. Gershon Baskin says Israel must relieve itself of the shadow of apartheid present in the occupation. Peter Joseph and David Halperin say both Israel and the Palestinians need a two-state solution. Gilad Kariv says Israel must accommodate Arabic. Richard Cohen says there is an important cultural difference between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Sinai Attack Tests New Egyptian President’s Relationship With Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

With the relationship between Egypt's new Islamist leader and Israel still in its fragile infancy, the terrorist attack on the border that the two countries share with Gaza over the weekend presented a critical opportunity — and a crucial test.

Sinai attack seals up Gaza to outside world
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Ahmed Aldabba - August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

Although Islamic militant group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, has strongly condemned the killing of Egyptian guards at the border with Israel and Gaza yesterday,

Gaza-linked Egypt attack hurts Hamas border bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Ibrahim Barzak - August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

The weekend's deadly attack on the Egypt-Israel border by Islamic militants with purported ties to Gaza spells trouble for the territory's Hamas rulers.

Abbas expresses solidarity to Morsi of Egypt against terrorism
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed on Monday deep solidarity with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Egyptian people against terrorism.

Egypt's Brotherhood blames Sinai raid on Israel's Mossad
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC World News
August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has accused the Israeli spy agency Mossad of being behind Sunday's attack on an Egyptian checkpoint on the border with Israel.

Sinai tribes 'warned Egyptian government about jihadi threat'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

Sinai tribes say they repeatedly warned the Egyptian government about a jihadi threat in the peninsula, before Sunday's attack which left 16 Egyptian police officers dead.

Palestinian PM Fayyad calls for parliament vote
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Mohammed Daraghmeh - August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

The Palestinian prime minister in the West Bank has said that Palestinians should hold parliament elections in the territory soon, instead of waiting for the elusive reconciliation with Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Environmental concerns shadow Israel's offshore drilling
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Ari Rabinovitch - August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

Israeli officials said they recognise the need to protect the unique and fragile marine environment of the Levant basin in order to ensure the success of the oil and gas industry there.

Tel Aviv council rejects Arabic caption in city logo
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Gilad Morag - August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

The city of Tel Aviv may aim to serve as a beacon of co-existence but as far as its official logo is concerned it may not be so liberal. The Tel Aviv city council on Monday rejected a motion to reimagine the emblem so it includes the city's name in Arabic as well as in Hebrew and English.  

Gaza Water Increasingly Polluted and Expensive
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Linda Gradstein - August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

Gaza’s population is increasing, and the water supply is not keeping pace according to Oxfam, the British human rights organization. In a new report, the group asserts that Gazans are spending as much as one-third of their household income on drinking water, and are facing growing health risks.

Syria’s Palestinians Seeking Help in Lebanon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Stephen Staff - August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

On the streets of Hamra, a neighborhood of Beirut where young Lebanese men in expensive sports cars make their presence known by playing loud music, Syrian accents are clearly heard. They come from the young mothers begging for money and food on the sidewalks who have fled the violence that has racked their country, in what initially began as a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. Their children run and play in the streets of Hamra past well-heeled and fashionably-dressed Lebanese women.

“Dear President Perez”
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from NOW Lebanon
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

A major controversy erupted last week when Israel announced that Egyptian President Mohammad Morsy had sent a letter in reply to Ramadan greetings he had received from Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The 'cruel revenge' that helped drive the British out of Palestine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Ofer Aderet - (Opinion) August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

In July 1947, two British sergeants were being held in a narrow, closely-guarded bunker that had been dug underneath a diamond-polishing plant in Netanya. The two were captured by the Irgun, and the Jewish underground militia threatened to hang them unless the British commuted the death sentences of three Irgun operatives.

Obama: real actions, not bluster, in support of Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Edgar M. Bronfman - (Opinion) August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

I have always held the well-being of the Jewish people close to my heart. On its behalf, I have engaged countless heads of state on matters relating to the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

Egypt’s challenge
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
(Editorial) August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

We express our heartfelt condolences to Egypt over the murder of 16 of its soldiers at a base in Sinai near the Israeli border on Sunday.

On Apartheid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gershon Baskin - (Opinion) August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

Spending days with the Jewish community of South Africa at Limmud is a unique opportunity to meet another dynamic, engaged Jewish community in the Diaspora.

Israel’s future depends on two states
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by David Halperin, Peter A. Joseph - (Opinion) August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

The Israel Policy Forum clearly struck a chord when it sent a letter signed by a politically diverse group of over 40 philanthropists and Jewish leaders to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu urging him not to adopt the Levy Report.

Israel Must Accommodate The Arabic Language
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Yedioth Ahronoth
by Gilad Kariv - (Opinion) August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

Not long ago while on an El Al flight, I received an explanation from a service manager about the plane’s sound system. On a list hung on the side of the control box was a roster of the numerous languages used in the in-flight announcements. Only one language did not appear: Israel's second official language, Arabic.

A difference beyond question
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Richard Cohen - (Opinion) August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

Before the Jews of Hungary were emancipated in the 19th century, they were not permitted to own land. By the end of the century, they were on their way to owning fully one-fifth of Hungary’s large estates and were hugely successful in business and the arts. The Jews of Germany had a similar history.

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