Palestine coverage through 25 July 08

Today’s coverage continues the media frenzy over Barack Obama’s visit to the region. The selection begins with a review of Obama’s statements of commitment to Israel and ends with an editorial from Haaretz, somewhat in line with the Walt-Mearsheimer argument (concerning the Israel Lobby) insofar as it admonishes Obama to be a friend to Israel rather than a hostage to AIPAC. Another piece by an Arab analyst suggests Obama learn to talk less and listen more when visiting the region. The remainder of the coverage concerns Israel’s ongoing overt and covert war against the Palestinians on all its fronts: new settlements, water expropriation and theft, smashing of Palestinian villages, incursions into Palestinians cities and abductions of Palestinians (including civilians and elected officials), and the siege on the Palestinian economy. Mahmoud Abbas is protesting ongoing Israeli incursions in the West Bank by threatening to stand down his security forces (unwittingly confirming that such a threat is mainly a disservice to Israel, since those forces do little more than police Palestinian society on Israel’s behalf). There is also a piece covering Olmert’s fragile hold on the governing coalition in Israel.

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1. OBAMA PLEDGES TO ISRAEL SAFETY, MIDEAST PEACE
By Dan Balz And Griff Witte
Phialdelphia Inquirer
July 24, 2008

2. ISRAEL’S WAR BY WATER
New Statesman (United Kingdom)
July 24, 2008

3. PALESTINIANS: JEWISH SETTLERS SMASH VILLAGE
Associated Press
July 24, 2008

4. ISRAEL REVIVES PLAN TO BUILD NEW WEST BANK SETTLEMENT
Reuters
July 24, 2008

5. OBAMA SHOULD TALK LESS, LISTEN MORE
By George Hishmeh
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
July 24, 2008

6. PALESTINIAN FAMILY FIGHTS SETTLERS
By Jonathan Cook
The National (United Arab Emirates)
July 24, 2008

7. ISRAEL’S EHUD OLMERT SURVIVES 3 NO-CONFIDENCE VOTES
Reuters
July 23, 2008

8. ABBAS: I’LL PULL OUT WEST BANK FORCES
Associated Press
July 23, 2008

9. ROADBLOCKS CRIPPLING WEST BANK ECONOMY
BY Mel Frukbery
Inter Press Service
July 22, 2008

10. AN AGENDA FOR A FRIEND OF ISRAEL
Ha’aretz (Opinion)
July 24, 2008

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