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					International and Palestinian Media Clips – 08 April 2010

International Media


Israel is 'main threat to Middle East peace': Turkish PM;_ylt=Ami4Qrn4ESIZpFZnoSH


Israel PM doubts sanctions have 'teeth' to dissuade Iran;_ylt=AnvERGqFNpUJ

Israel, US have not settled east Jerusalem spat;_ylt=AsmpYTkDK3iMtch

The Guardian

Abdullah's right royal question

The New York Times

I.M.F. Says West Bank Economic Growth Is Imperiled by Israel and Arab States

West Bank: Abbas Fires Aide Involved in Sex Scandal
Arab Media

Ma‘an News

Israeli raid on Duheisha injures 2, others detained

Witnesses: Soldiers look on as setters beat 2

Kerem Shalom crossing open for limited Gaza imports

Israel enters southern Gaza, raids Al-Qurara area

Ramallah: Children among 6 detained by Israeli forces

Can there be Free Elections under Fatah? - Khalid Amayreh

Body of tunnel worker found

PA official: Israeli settlers pelt cars with stones
PA forces briefly detain Israeli journalist in Ramallah

Tulkarem blast damages home of Fatah fighter

Report: 6 detained for organ trafficking in Israel

Israel threatens to shut off taps for West Bank water

Israel army detains Fatah leader in Nablus

Christian leaders call for 'permits' boycott


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An Arab official affirmed that not even one single US dollar has reached from the assistance pledged
during the Arab Summit in Libya reaching $500 million and that not any country has paid its pledges. He
said there will be a meeting to be held soon to divide the amount on all Arab countries in proportion with
their contributions to the budget of the Arab League. The official explained that there are seven countries
that don‘t pay their shares to Jerusalem or to the PA, which are Djibouti, Somalia, Mauritania, Sudan,
Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen because of their bad economic conditions. The official explained that even if
the amount allocated during Doha Summit was not paid in full; he said Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan
only paid an amount of $19 million out of the total amount of $330 million pledged in Doha Summit. (al-



Jerusalemite citizens opened yesterday Rachel Corrie Park for children in Sheikh Jarrah near the home of
Rifqa al-Kurd which was seized by settlers a few months ago. The inauguration of the park was attended
by Jerusalem Governor Adnan al-Husseini and Hatem Abdul Qader, in charge of Jerusalem file in Fatah.
A group of settlers tried to attack the journalists on the site. The Israeli police arrested two foreign
solidarity activists. Abdul Qader said the children‘s park is a new proof on the determination of the
Palestinians to remain steadfast on their lands. Palestinians placed a sign in Arabic and English naming
the park ―Sheikh Jarrah Children‘s Park in honor of Rachel Corrie, the symbol of freedom and
independence. (al-Hayat al-Jadida)

Obama weighs new peace plan for the Middle East

By David Ignatius

Wednesday, April 7, 2010; A17

Despite recent turbulence in U.S. relations with Israel, President Obama is "seriously considering"
proposing an American peace plan to resolve the Palestinian conflict, according to two top administration

"Everyone knows the basic outlines of a peace deal," said one of the senior officials, citing the agreement
that was nearly reached at Camp David in 2000 and in subsequent negotiations. He said that an American
plan, if launched, would build upon past progress on such issues as borders, the "right of return" for
Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem. The second senior official said that "90 percent of the
map would look the same" as what has been agreed in previous bargaining.

The American peace plan would be linked with the issue of confronting Iran, which is Israel's top priority,
explained the second senior official. He described the issues as two halves of a single strategic problem:
"We want to get the debate away from settlements and East Jerusalem and take it to a 30,000-feet level
that can involve Jordan, Syria and other countries in the region," as well as the Israelis and Palestinians.

"Incrementalism hasn't worked," continued the second official, explaining that the United States cannot
allow the Palestinian problem to keep festering -- providing fodder for Iran and other extremists. "As a
global power with global responsibilities, we have to do something." He said the plan would "take on the
absolute requirements of Israeli security and the requirements of Palestinian sovereignty in a way that
makes sense."
The White House is considering detailed interagency talks to frame the strategy and form a political
consensus for it. The second official likened the process to the review that produced Obama's strategy for
Afghanistan and Pakistan. He said the administration could formally launch the Middle East initiative by
this fall.

White House interest in proposing a peace plan has been growing in recent months, but it accelerated after
the blow-up that followed the March 9 Israeli announcement, during Vice President Biden's visit, that
Israel would build 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem. U.S. officials began searching for bolder ways
to address Israeli and Palestinian concerns, rather than continuing the same stale debates.

Obama's attention was focused by a March 24 meeting at the White House with six former national
security advisers. The group has been meeting privately every few months at the request of Gen. Jim
Jones, who currently holds the job. In the session two weeks ago, the group had been talking about global
issues for perhaps an hour when Obama walked in and asked what was on people's minds.

Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser for presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W.
Bush, spoke up first, according to a senior administration official. He urged Obama to launch a peace
initiative based on past areas of agreement; he was followed by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security
adviser for Jimmy Carter, who described some of the strategic parameters of such a plan.

Support for a new approach was also said to have been expressed by Sandy Berger and Colin Powell, who
served as national security advisers for presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, respectively. The
consensus view was apparently shared by the other two attendees, Frank Carlucci and Robert C.
McFarlane from the Reagan years.

Obama's embrace of a peace plan would reverse the administration's initial strategy, which was to try to
coax concessions from the Israelis and Palestinians, with the United States offering "bridging proposals"
later. This step-by-step process was favored by George Mitchell, the president's special representative for
the Middle East, who believed a similar approach had laid the groundwork for his breakthrough in
Northern Ireland peace talks.

The fact that Obama is weighing the peace plan marks his growing confidence in Jones, who has been
considering this approach for the past year. But the real strategist in chief is Obama himself. If he decides
to launch a peace plan, it would mark a return to the ambitious themes the president sounded in his June
2009 speech in Cairo.

A political battle royal is likely to begin soon, with Israeli officials and their supporters in the United
States protesting what they fear would be an American attempt to impose a settlement and arguing to
focus instead on Iran. The White House rejoinder is expressed this way by one of the senior officials: "It's
not either Iran or the Middle East peace process. You have to do both."

Discussions, but no decisions, on an Obama plan for Mideast peace

By Glenn Kessler

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 8, 2010; A08

Senior Obama administration officials have discussed whether President Obama should propose his own
solution to the intractable conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, including in a recent meeting
between the president and seven former and current national security advisers, U.S. officials said

But officials, confirming a report Wednesday on the March 24 session by Washington Post columnist
David Ignatius, said there has been no decision to offer such a plan, either in the coming months or later
this year. Officials said a presidential peace plan -- as opposed to "bridging proposals" that would be
offered during peace talks between the two sides -- has long been considered an option for Obama. But
they said the administration, now locked in tense talks with Israel about making confidence-building
overtures to the Palestinians, is focused on arranging indirect talks between the two sides.

Some officials said the notion that Obama could offer his own plan might undercut those nascent efforts,
because it could lead to a backlash among Israel's supporters and encourage the Palestinians not to make
any concessions to Israel. Israeli officials have long opposed the introduction of a unilateral American
plan, while Arab officials have pressed hard for one, saying it is the only way to break the impasse.

Jordan's King Abdullah II, who will visit Washington next week, recently told the Wall Street Journal that
he will push Obama to offer his own plan because "tremendous tension" in the region over the failure to
resolve the conflict has resulted in a "tinderbox that could go off at any time."

Still, it is notable that Obama would attend a discussion of such a concept with outside advisers. The
president had popped into a meeting that national security adviser James L. Jones regularly holds with six
of his predecessors at the White House when the subject turned to the Middle East. Brent Scowcroft, a
national security adviser to Presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush, made the case for an
American-designed proposal and was supported by other participants in the room, including Zbigniew
Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, and Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger, national
security adviser to President Bill Clinton.

Obama, however, did not tip his hand on whether he supported the idea, participants said.

The basic parameters of a peace deal are well known and would probably closely resemble the "Clinton
parameters," offered by Clinton 10 years ago in the waning days of his presidency: land swaps to
compensate the Palestinians for much of the land taken by Jewish settlements in the West Bank; billions
of dollars in compensation to the Palestinians for giving up the right to return to their homes in Israel; an
Israeli capital in West Jerusalem and a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, with an agreement on
oversight of religious sites in the Old City.

Advocates of an American plan say the two parties are incapable of making such concessions themselves;
the current Israeli government, for instance, won't halt Jewish construction in East Jerusalem despite
intense U.S. pressure. But detractors say such a plan is only a recipe for putting pressure on Israel, while
even some supporters caution that the timing must be right -- such as in the midst of viable peace talks --
or else the impact of the gesture might be wasted.
A major stumbling block to any peace plan is that 1.5 million people -- almost 40 percent of the
Palestinian population -- live in the Gaza Strip, now controlled by the Hamas militant group, which
rejects any peace talks as well as the very existence of Israel. That was not the situation when Clinton
offered his proposal, which envisioned a Palestinian state consisting of Gaza and the West Bank, joined
by highways.

Ruqub: Hamas to pursue all means to liberate prisoners

KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)-- Hamas is to use all means available to liberate Palestinian prisoners in Israeli
occupation jails, Hamas spokesman in Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, Hammad Al-Ruqub said on

He said in a statement that the Israeli occupation authority's (IOA) policy in repressing prisoners in
violation of legal norms, and torturing and harassing them and their families pose as new evidence on the
IOA brutality and its disregard of all humanitarian principles.

The spokesman appealed to the Arab and Islamic countries to act and save the prisoners and not to remain
silent toward what is happening against them in IOA jails.

Ruqub also asked the world community to stop talking about noble values while remaining tightlipped
regarding the IOA crimes.

For its part, the association of Palestinian religious scholars called on Palestinian factions to continue
their efforts to release all prisoners, describing it as a religious duty.

It asked the Palestinian, Arab and Islamic masses in a statement on Wednesday to take part in the
prisoners' protest steps against the IOA repression.

The Israeli occupation forces, meanwhile, continued their daily arrest campaigns of Palestinian citizens
and detained four of them at dawn Wednesday in the cities of Jericho, Nablus and Ramallah.

Erdogan: Israel the main threat to peace in the Middle East

PARIS, (PIC)-- Israel is the main threat to peace in the Middle East, Turkish Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday at the onset of a visit to France.

Speaking to journalists in Paris before a working lunch with French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Erdogan
said that it is impossible to praise a country that exerted such excessive force in Gaza, including the use of
phosphorus weapons.

―If a country uses disproportionate force in Palestine, in Gaza — uses phosphorous shells — we‘re not
going to say ‗bravo‘,‖ he declared, referring to Israel January 2009 offensive against Gaza, which killed
and injured more than 5,000 Palestinians.
Erdogan said Israel‘s justification for the offensive on Gaza was based on ―lies‖ and cited a report by
United Nations investigator Richard Goldstone.

―Goldstone is a Jew and his report is clear,‖ the Turkish leader told reporters invited to meet him at the
Paris Ritz. ―It‘s not because we are Muslims that we take this position. Our position is humanitarian. It‘s
Israel that is the principal threat to regional peace.‖ (

Hamas slams Abbas for his decision to burn all his authority‘s corruption files

GAZA, (PIC)-- The Movement of Hamas on Tuesday strongly denounced Mahmoud Abbas for deciding
to destroy all files of moral, financial and administrative corruption as well as those related to suspicious
relations with the Israeli occupation, saying this behavior vindicated the national decline of the
Palestinian Authority (PA).

In a press release, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that Abbas‘s decision to damage all files of
corruption and treason is considered an official cover-up and obvious protection for corrupt people.

Spokesman Barhoum did not rule out the involvement of Abbas in many corruption files, warning that the
stay of Abbas and his inner circles in the West Bank controlling the fate of the Palestinian people and
representing them in international meetings poses the greatest danger to the Palestinian cause.

A senior PA security official revealed on condition of anonymity that Abbas issued on Monday a
presidential edict ordering his intelligence apparatus and the preventive security to burn and destroy all
records, pictures, documents and CDs related to corruption and sexual scandals of top PA and Fatah

In another context, Israeli intelligence minister Dan Meridor stressed the need for backing Salam Fayyad,
the head of the PA government which was formed unconstitutionally by Abbas in the West Bank.

―In light of the current situation, I believe that we should extend our hand to Fayyad and help him in his
efforts to establish a Palestinian state within two years in full coordination with Israel,‖ Israel‘s channel
seven quoted Meridor as saying.

―What the Israeli premier is still wishing to hide is that we really talked with Palestinians about all thorny
issues. We agreed with them to engage in the negotiations of the permanent status, which includes
borders, security, Jerusalem and the refugees,‖ the intelligence minister told the channel.

Meanwhile, a PA security official said that tight security precautions were taken to protect Fayyad in the
West Bank in the wake of his latest remarks to the Israeli Haaretz newspaper in which he waived the
Palestinian refugees‘ right of return to their lands they were expelled from in 1948 and congratulated
Israelis on the 63rd anniversary of their occupation of Palestine.

The official, who refused to disclose his identity for fear of prosecution, added that in the aftermath of the
violent reactions to Fayyad‘s remarks demonstrated by different Palestinian forces, factions and refugees,
the security measures were tightened around him for fear he might be the target of assassination attempts.
For its part, the coalition of the people of 1948 occupied lands (Takatol Abnaa Palestine 48) deplored
Fayyad‘s remarks to Haaretz newspaper and said he does not have a right to represent the Palestinian

―Who allowed you to condense the views of seven million Palestinians and more and make your
provocative remarks which insulted their national dignity and their dreams to return to their homeland,‖
the 1948 coalition said Tuesday in a statement addressing Fayyad.

―Let the whole world hear, we will never give up a single grain of soil or one right of ours and we will not
accept the two-state solution or tolerate your claim to represent us. We neither elected you nor you have
legitimacy over us,‖ the coalition highlighted. (


* The Saudi Islamic Scholar Sheikh al-Urifi retreats and wont visit Jerusalem. (Al-Quds)

* Obama considers presenting a final settlement plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict within one month.
The US President wont wait for too long and Netanyahu says the disagreements remain outstanding. (Al-

* Settlers intend to demolish 28 homes and evacuate hundreds of citizens from Sheikh Jarrah Quarter.
Families of al-Ghawi and Hannoun ordered to pay cost of expelling them from their homes. (Al-Quds)

* An Israeli minister threatens to cut off water from the Palestinians if they continue to ―pollute‖ the
water. (Al-Quds)

* War of statements between Turkey and Israel. Erdogan says Israel is danger to peace. Netanyahu regrets
the Turkish repeated ―attacks‖ on his country. (Al-Quds)

* Israel violates the international law and confiscates huge amounts it collected from the West Bank. (Al-

* The PNA condemns the statements of Landau who accused the PNA of not handling the sewage water.

* Prisoners and their families start protest activities. (Al-Quds)

* Haaretz: Israel confiscates hundreds of millions of Shekels. (Al-Ayyam)

* Fayyad: The peaceful popular resistance proceeds in line with the building of the state institutions. (Al-

* Six persons arrested in Israel on suspicion of trading with human organs. (Al-Ayyam)

* Naming one of the quarters in Paris after Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darweesh. (Al-Ayyam)

* One rocket and six mortar rockets fired from Gaza fall in the western Negev. (Al-Ayyam)


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