Saturday, July 21, 2007

Arab Press Roundup

Rafi Dajani of ATFP sends this United Press International review of the Arab press on the possibilities of peace:

Palestinian Authority at a crossroads
By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL - AMMAN, Jordan, July 19 -- The Palestinian al-Quds remarked in its editorial Thursday on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' speech to the Palestine Central Council in which he insisted he wouldn't speak to Hamas after its "coup d'etat" in the Gaza Strip and called for early elections. The mainstream daily said just as Abbas had reached a decisive position, so has Hamas in Gaza as it repeatedly calls for unconditional dialogue with Fatah, which the latter opposes. "We now stand before a real strategic crossroad as the call for elections carries many problems and repercussions," said the Jerusalem-based daily, close to Fatah. "And remaining in this status quo carries even more problems and repercussions."

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