Middle East News: World Press Roundup

NEWS: Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari is killed by an Israeli missile attack. Israeli diplomats say their country will consider the Oslo Agreements null and void if Palestinians go forward with a request for nonmember state observer status at the UN. An internal Israeli government document says toppling Pres. Abbas is one possible response. The PA rejects the threats. Israel is reportedly considering a compromise in which the Palestinian UN bid would be dropped in favor of “provisional statehood.” 6 Palestinians are injured by Israeli forces in West Bank commemorations of the1988 Palestinian Declaration of Independence. Four rockets from Sinai land in southern Israel. Palestinians prepare to exhume the body of the late Pres. Arafat, as a French doctor at the hospital where he died says there is "absolutely no way" he was poisoned. Israel prepares its latest missile-defense system. Egypt strongly criticizes Israel for attacks against Gaza. Fighting between Israel and militants in Gaza appears to have subsided. Israel says it will launch a satellite in the coming months. Israel is planning to evict 120 Bedouins to make way for a landfill. The PA continues to struggle to pay public employee salaries. European watchdogs say they're concerned by PA pressure against Palestinian journalists. Some Palestinian refugees in Jordan say they still want to return to Israel. Khalid Mishal may still be a contender to continue to head Hamas' politburo. COMMENTARY: Sufian Abu Zaida says Palestinians can only envy the American elections and accountable political system. James Zogby says Hussein Ibish is wrong and that the Arab-American community is already politically "normalized." Carlo Strenger says Akiva Eldar is wrong and that Israelis and Palestinians have to look beyond a two-state solution. Daniel Levy says fault lines between Israel and the second Obama administration are already showing. Zvi Bar'el says discrimination against Arabs in Israel is normal. The Jerusalem Post says Israel would be better off promoting an independent state in Gaza. Ben Sales interviews Palestinian businessman Munib al-Masri. George Semaan says Pres. Obama will have to deal with the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue. Rafi Noy argues that Pres. Assad’s regime may be better for Israel than that of the Syrian insurgents.

Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari killed by Israeli strike
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

LIVE BLOG: 5:39 P.M. IDF source: Some of rockets struck in ammunition warehouse were hidden in Gaza residential building (Haaretz) 5:36 P.M. IDF Spokesman: Israeli military ready for ground operation in Gaza, should there be need for an incursion (Barak Ravid)

New Israeli airstrikes rock Gaza City
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Ibrahim Barzak - November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian witnesses say Israeli airstrikes have hit a series of targets across Gaza City, shortly after the assassination of the top Hamas commander.

Israel ministry paper proposes 'toppling' Abbas over UN bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

A position paper by Israel's foreign ministry proposes "toppling" President Mahmoud Abbas if Palestine's bid for UN non-member state status is approved. The internal document says it is "the only option" if deterrence efforts do not succeed, despite the consequences.

PNA rejects Israeli threats to annul Oslo Accords
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

RAMALLAH, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on Wednesday rejected Israeli threats to annul Oslo Accords, though the interim peace deal is hardly functional. "Oslo agreement is no longer existed on the ground, since it was supposed expiring in 1999," said Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator.

Lieberman mulling offer to Palestinians: Drop UN bid and Israel will recognize state within provisional borders
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is considering a draft document that would offer the Palestinians immediate recognition of statehood within provisional borders as an incentive for dropping their UN bid. 

Fatah youth launches West Bank rallies, 6 injured
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Six people were wounded by Israeli forces on Wednesday as Fatah's youth organization organized rallies across the West Bank to kick off a week of activities to commemorate independence day, Ma'an's reporter said. Fatah youth organized demonstrations in Qalqiliya, Ramallah, Nablus and Hebron, blocking bypass roads linking Israeli settlement infrastructure in the West Bank.

Four rockets fired from direction of Sinai strike southern Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gili Cohen, Yanir Yagna - November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

Four rockets were fired on Wednesday from the direction of the Sinai Peninsula toward an Israeli community on the border with Egypt. One of the rockets exploded in a moshav in the Eshkol Regional Council. The other three landed in the moshav's citron field.

Palestinians Prepare to Exhume Arafat to Check for Poison
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM — The West Bank tomb of Yasir Arafat has been cordoned off and screened from public view ahead of an expected exhumation, a Palestinian Authority official said Tuesday, four months after a television investigation raised new suspicions that the Palestinian leader had been poisoned.

‘Absolutely no way’ Arafat was poisoned, says top doctor who teaches at Paris hospital where Palestinian leader died
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
by Anica Pommeray - November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

PARIS — A leading French doctor who teaches at the Paris hospital where Yasser Arafat died in 2004 has broken the official French medical silence surrounding the case to tell The Times of Israel, based on Arafat’s medical report, that there is “absolutely no way” the Palestinian leader was poisoned.

Israel prepares new missile defense system
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Lauren E. Bohn - November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

CARMIEL, Israel — Israel's newest missile defense system, designed to provide another layer of protection against enemy fire, is on schedule for deployment in 2014, defense officials said Tuesday.

Egypt's Brotherhood slams Israel over Gaza strikes
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Aya Batrawy - November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

CAIRO — Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood sharply criticized Israeli leaders on Tuesday over airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, accusing them of heating up the conflict to score political points ahead of elections.

Israel, Palestinians put lid on Gaza, for now
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Alertnet
November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

TEL AVIV/GAZA, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinians stepped back from the brink of a new war in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, sending signals to each other via Egypt that they would hold their fire unless attacked, after five days of mounting violence.

Iran plans to launch new homemade satellite in 3 months
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- President of Iran's Amirkabir University of Technology Alireza Rahaei announced on Wednesday the country is preparing to launch a new homemade satellite, called Nahid (Venus), into orbit in the next three months, semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Jerusalem to evacuate 120 Bedouins for building waste landfill
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Jerusalem municipality initially approved a plan to evacuate 120 Bedouins from their east Jerusalem village in order to build a waste landfill. The landfill is set to be stretched over a valley between the city and the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim over 120 acres. The objectors charge the real aim of the plan is to create a continual territorial land stretch between east Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements.

Palestinian Authority unable to pay salaries, even as it pursues statehood
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Christian Science Monitor
by Ben Lynfield - November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

Doha, West Bank

European watchdog 'concerned' by PA pressure on journalists
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A European press freedom group said Monday it was concerned about the Palestinian Authority's steps to put pressure on a columnist who criticized President Mahmoud Abbas' office. The Vienna-based International Press Institute said it was joining Palestinian journalists who have raised concerns about the PA's treatment of Jihad Harb after he questioned hiring practices at Abbas' office.

Palestinian Refugees in Jordan Still Want to Return to Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Adam Nicky - November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

BAQAA CAMP, JORDAN The aroma of toasted coffee mixes with sounds of vendors shouting from behind shabby stalls in the market of the Baqaa camp for Palestinian refugees.

Mishal still a contender for Hamas leadership – Source
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Ali El-saleh - November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

London, Asharq Al-Awsat - Contrary to recent reports that Khalid Mishal, head of the Hamas movement’s Political Bureau, would not nominate himself for a fifth term to the post he’s held since 1996, an informed Palestinian source told Asharq Al-Awsat that Mishal's name is still on the table.

US vote a painful reminder for divided Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
by Sufian Abu Zaida - (Opinion) November 11, 2012 - 1:00am

I didn't follow the United States elections due to my belief that in the Palestinian subject particularly, and US policy in the Middle East in general, the difference between the candidates is negligible.

We Already Are Politically "Normalized"
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by James J. Zogby - (Opinion) November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

There is a wonderful old Indian tale about three blind men who come upon an elephant and ask, "What is this?" One grabbing the elephant's tail says, "I think it is a rope." Another putting his arms about the elephant's leg says, "No, it is more like a tree." While the third touching its side says, "I think it is like a huge, smooth rock." The elephant, of course, is more than it's individual parts.

An open letter to Akiva Eldar: Looking beyond the two-state solution
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Carlo Strenger - (Opinion) November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

Dear Akiva.

Obama II and Israel: The faultlines are starting to show
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Daniel Levy - (Analysis) November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

Ever since the U.S. news networks placed Ohio in the blue column last Tuesday night, the speculation has been as feverish as it was predictable - how will a re-elected Barak Obama square off to Sheldon Adelson’s more successful political investment, Benjamin Netanyahu?

No Arabs allowed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Zvi Barel - (Opinion) November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

The Soho restaurant in Rishon Letzion apparently refused an Israeli couple's request for a reservation. Landlords deny requests from Arab citizens to rent their apartments. Businesses look for excuses to fob off Israeli applicants who seek employment, and residential communities make sure that only certain Israelis can live there.

State of Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
(Editorial) November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

Our political leaders are reassessing their options in the wake of the latest escalation in the South. Israel’s current policy is to react to each new barrage from Gaza by identifying and singling out the specific terrorist organization that fired at our civilians, targeting rocket-launching crews and arms caches.

From his West Bank Italian villa, Palestinian billionaire Munib al-Masri calls for peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ben Sales - (Analysis) November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

NABLUS, West Bank (JTA) -- Dozens of photographs line the wall of a room on the first floor of Palestinian billionaire Munib al-Masri's West Bank villa, depicting a man of global influence but also of divergent impulses.

Obama in his Second Term: No Escaping the Middle East
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Hayat
by George Semaan - (Opinion) November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

The United States cannot quit its responsibilities, regardless of the obstacles and the internal and objective difficulties getting in the way of the performance of its leading role around the world, knowing it does not wish to relinquish this position, which it has occupied since the end of the Cold War.

Is Israel Better Off With Assad in Power?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Rafi Noy - (Opinion) November 13, 2012 - 1:00am

Nobody knows who the insurgents really are or the kind of Syria Israel will have to grapple with once they seize power. With the incumbent regime, by contrast, we’ve been getting along for dozens of years. 

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