Palestine coverage through 12 Feb 08

Today’s selections focuses on a number of notable news items — the
projection by both Israeli Vice PM Haim Ramon and PS premier Salem Fayyad that no peace deal will be likely in 2008, Israel’s failure to meet its basic “road map” commitments, and the fact that Olmert’s political future remains in doubt.

Then there are a couple of more surprising pieces indicating that the Palestinian population in the territories has increased by 30% despite killings, injuries and mass emigration since 2000, and perhaps less surprising but still striking, Israeli predictions that they will eliminate Hamas as an effective entity in Gaza within months. Perhaps in line with this last piece, Hamas officials have reportedly gone into hiding for fear of Israel’s assassination-by-airstrike policy turning (again) to the political leadership.

I also include an article detailing Israel’s mourning the passing of Tom Lantos, a great friend to Israel in U.S. Congress. Finally, though many of you might have seen Daniel Gavron’s piece in the NYT op-ed page, I thought it still worth including his timely reminder that far from facing an existential threat, Israel has achieved all the “success” the Zionist movement had once hoped for on the cusp of its 60th anniversary.

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1. RAMON: AGREEMENT OF PRINCIPLES, NOT FULL PEACE DEAL, LIKELY IN 2008
Associated Press
February 11, 2008

2. ISRAEL SEEN FAILING TO KEEP ROAD MAP PROMISES
Reuters
February 11, 2008

3. PALESTINIAN QUESTIONS PEACE PROGRESS
By Anne Gearan
Associated Press
February 11, 2008

4. ISRAEL SEES HAMAS GONE FROM GAZA IN MONTHS
By Rebecca Harrison and Adam Entous
Reuters
February 11, 2008

5. CENSUS FINDS PALESTINIAN POPULATION UP BY 30%
By Toni O’Loughlin
Guardian (UK)
February 11, 2008

6. HAMAS LEADERS HIDING FROM ISRAELI HITS
By Diaa Hadid
Associated Press
February 11, 2008

7. ISRAEL’S SECRET SUCCESS
By Daniel Gavron
New York Times , Opinion
February 11, 2008

8. OLMERT’S CAREER BARELY SURVIVING
Agence France Presse (France)
February 11, 2008

9. ISRAEL MOURNS HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LANTOS
Middle East Times (Pan Arab)
February 11, 2008

10. HAMAS LEADERS GO INTO HIDING AS ISRAEL PLANS TARGETED KILLINGS
By Amos Harel, Barak Ravid, and Avi Issacharoff
Haaretz (Israel)
February 11, 2008

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