Palestine coverage through 18 July 08

Today’s news continues to be dominated by the Israel-Hezbollah prisoner exchange, of which coverage we have included only Robert Fisk’s commentary from the Independent. Other relevant news concerns the ongoing corruption hearings concerning Olmert and their impact on prospects for political breakthroughs under the current Israeli government. There is also news substantiating Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer’s account of torture at the hands of Israeli border control as he sought to return to Palestine after receiving an award in Europe. Finally, the Palestinian delegation currently in the US claims that a new round of peace talks have been scheduled — there will no doubt be more on this subject tomorrow.

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1. BLAIR SAYS PEACE DEAL IS BEING UNDERMINED BY DOUBTS OVER EHUD OLMERT
By James Hider
The Times (UK)
July 17, 2008

2. ISRAELI CLAIMS OVER JOURNALIST CHALLENGED
By Sanjay Suri
Inter Press Service (IPS)
July 17, 2008

3. OLMERT’S LAWYERS ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT KEY WITNESS
By Amy Teibel
The Associated Press
July 17, 2008

4. DOVES OUTNUMBER HAWKS IN JEWISH COMMUNITY
By Daniel Luban
Inter Press Service (IPS)
July 17, 2008

5. ISRAELI ATTACKS BACKFIRE, UNITE HAMAS, FATAH
By Mel Frykberg
The Middle East Times (Cyprus)
July 17, 2008

6. PALESTINIANS: PEACE TALKS SET FOR WASHINGTON
By Karin Laub
The Associated Press
July 17, 2008

7. MCCAIN, OBAMA OFFER TWO PATHS ON MIDEAST POLICY
By Michele Kelemen
National Public Radio (NPR)
July 15, 2008

8. THEATRICAL RETURN FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
By Robert Fisk
The Independent (UK)
July 17, 2008

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