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Cablegate: Jerusalem Media Reaction (6/10): Dialogue - Only Way Out

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SUBJECT: JERUSALEM MEDIA REACTION (6/10): DIALOGUE - ONLY WAY OUT
OF INTERNAL CONFLICT


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Main Stories:
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President Abbas' repeated calls for dialogue with Hamas and for the
need to ensure the success of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with
Israel, continue to capture lead coverage in all dailies. Al-Quds
highlights Abbas' call for a halt to, "hostile media campaigns" by
Palestinian factions against each other. Following his meeting with
Egyptian President Mubarak, the dailies quote Abbas praising
Egyptian efforts to forge a ceasefire agreement with Israel, adding
that he, "rejects any aggression against the Gaza Strip." The same
reports quote Hamas leader Khaled Misha'al confirming that his
movement is ready to engage in unconditional dialogue with Fatah.
Other front-page reports highlight the Senegalese President's recent
efforts to resolve the internal Palestinian conflict, including an
attempt to arrange for a meeting between Abbas and Misha'al.

Palestinian public sector employee salaries will soon be paid,
according to Al-Ayyam. The paper quotes Palestinian Prime Minister
Fayyad confirming that Israel has informed the Palestinians that it
has transferred tax revenues owed to the PaQstinian Authority. The
report states that Israel held back 80 million NIS ($23 million) of
the total 330 million NIS ($97 million) to cover several Palestinian
municipalities' unpaid electricity bills. Al-Hayat Al-Jadida quotes
Minister of Information Malki confirming that the funds would be
transferred to Palestinian Authority bank accounts by June 10.

Al-Quds quotes chief PLO negotiator Sa'eb Erekat confirming an,
"Israeli-Palestinian meeting" to be held on June 15. The story
notes that Secretary Rice will participate in the meeting in order
to, "assess the status of negotiations."

Anticipation of a major Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip
is highlighted in several front-page stories. The stories report on
a "decisive" session to be held by the Israeli Government on June
10, to discuss details of the military offensive.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Citing the Israeli daily Maariv, Al-Quds led with a story about
Palestinian lead negotiator Ahmad Quray demanding the Israeli
handover of, "all territories occupied in 1967." Quray added that
his negotiation team's goal is to reach agreement with Israelis on a
draft document by the end of the year, one that will be binding on
both parties. The same article quotes Israeli Foreign Minister
Livni stating that differences with the Palestinians on final-status
issues remain substantial.

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BLOCK QUOTES:
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1. Ali Abu Hilal, member of the Palestinian National Council,
commented in independent Al-Quds under the headline, "In Order to
End Internal Division and Achieve National Unity," (6/10): "It is
important to point out that real national unity... is one that is
based on a shared Qatform of policy and resistance... Some
observers argue that the Palestinian President's [recent] call for
national unity was dictated by external factors related to the
failure of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations sponsored by an American
mediation that is biased towards Israel.... Regardless, Palestinian
national dialogue can only succeed in ending internal division if...
dialogue [is accepted] as the only means to resolve differences."

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2. Veteran columnist Hani Masri opined in independent Al-Ayyam under
the headline, "For the Sake of Serious Dialogue Capable of Restoring
Unity," (6/10): "Hamas must reexamine its experience [with the
Palestinian political process] and reflect on lessons learned. It
must also consider if it really wants to take part in the political
process, one that is restricted by the Oslo agreement and its
obligations... Hamas- and all Palestinians- have to make a real
choice between the political process and armed resistance.
Combining the two options has clearly failed, resulting in
continuous warfare since 2000. So, it will have to be either the
government or armed resistance, and if the choice is the government,
then Hamas must change [its] style of ruling and [its] actions to
best serve the Palestinian national interest."

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