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SUBJECT: JERUSALEM MEDIA REACTION (10/08): "THE END OF
NEO-CAPITALISM"

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Main Stories:
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Al Quds and Al Hayat Al Jadida lead with news on internal
Palestinian talks in Cairo. Al Quds highlights comments by Hamas
leader Mahmud Zahhar denying that the group has vetoed" proposals to
be discussed in Cairo. However, Zahhar adds that Hamas
categorically rejects the formation of a Palestinian technocrat
government and will insist on the formation of a national unity
government, instead. Al Hayat Al Jadida adds that parties will also
discuss early legislative and presidential elections and reform,
under Arab supervision, to Gaza security forces.

Al Ayyam leads with, "Israel allows Palestinian Authority (PA) to
deploy police in Hebron." Al Hayat Al Jadida carries a similar
front page story. Reporting cites Israeli daily Yediot Aharanot and
notes that PA security achievements in Nablus and Jenin have
generated international support for expanding PA security efforts to
other areas of the West Bank. The deployment of 500 PA police is
scheduled for next week, according to reports. Al Ayyam adds that
several international officials have visited Jenin where the PA
achieved significant security improvements and quotes PA Foreign and
Information Minister Riyad Al Malki stating that the, "PA plans to
assume responsibility for security in all PA Territories".

Al Quds runs a front page story on the visit of Quartet
Representative Tony Blair to the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
Blair is quoted saying, "the Quartet is determined to achieve change
at the political, security, economic and social levels in the
Palestinian Territories." Blair also asserts that the international
community should lay the proper foundation for PA security efforts,
including: allocating resources for building prisons and industrial
zones and pressuring Israel to lift obstacles to Palestinian
movement.

The three dailies front page reports on the visit by Palestinian
Authority (PA) President Abbas to India. India pledged $10 million
in support to the PA budget and donated land and buildings for the
PA "embassy" in New Delhi, the papers note.

Al Ayyam publishes front page statements by Israel's Likud party
chief Binjamin Netanyahu explaining that the peace process is not
his first priority and that he would instead focus on taking
practical steps to improve daily Palestinian life. Speaking to the
Financial Times, he continued that he would allow Palestinians to
live in their communities, but not take control of the Jordan valley
area. Al Ayyam also highlights a recent UN report that shows an
increase in Israeli obstacles to Palestinian movement.

Al Ayyam cites news agencies in a front page item that reads,
"International mobilization to prevent panic over financial crises."
The news item quotes Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Ben
Bernanke stating, "The American Central Bank has to reconsider its
financial policies in light of the crises.... Risks related to
growth have increased."

Al Ayyam highlights on its front page that Israeli soldiers shot a
Palestinian at close range in the Fara'a refugee camp near Nablus.
The report also highlights that soldiers "tortured" another
handicapped Palestinian in the camp, "who is neither a political
activist nor on the Israeli 'wanted list'," but was simply preparing
a meal in her kitchen.


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Al-Hayat Al-Jadida runs an inside report headlined, "Water Authority
and USAID Celebrate $45 million water project in East Hebron." The
report includes comments by USAID Mission Director Howard Sumka
reiterating U.S. commitment to strengthening the Palestinian economy
and improving daily life for the Palestinian people. Palestinian
Authority Minister of Local Government Bandak thanked USAID for
implementing the important project.

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BLOCK QUOTES:
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1. Al Ayyam independent daily prints an opinion piece written by
Jawad Al Bashiti under the title, "The End to History" (10/08):
"During feudal times, the church was the largest real estate owner,
but during the... [end to] the history of neo-capitalism, the
"Bush-Paulson" state has suddenly become the major real estate
owner... The upcoming months will not be a time of healing but
rather a time for the U.S. economy to slip into a deepening
recession... Now, the ideology called "neo-capitalism" or the
ideology of the "neo-liberals" has... reached its end... If we look
deep into the history of the failure of ideologies, we discover that
socio-economic systems first fail in their ideological kingdoms
before they fail in the real kingdoms. What has gone bankrupt on
Wall Street is not only a few banks, but the ideology of
neo-capitalism itself..."

2. Regular columnist Adli Sadiq writes in official Al-Hayat
Al-Jadida under the title, "Producing reconciliation ... in other
words"(10/08): "It won't help Hamas to debate with itself nor on
"Al Jazeera"... Hamas has to master the art of listening and get
back to some level of maturity after losing its credibility. While
it came to lead Palestinian society through a platform that touted
reform, Jihad and resistance, it has failed to engage on easy,
natural issues such as supporting the values of caring, harmony and
social solidarity and other Quranic values. Instead, it has
destroyed civil peace and established a future of revenge."

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