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Cablegate: Jerusalem Media Reaction (10/07): Palestinians Not

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SUBJECT: JERUSALEM MEDIA REACTION (10/07): PALESTINIANS NOT
OPTIMISTIC ABOUT INTERNAL TALKS IN CAIRO

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Main Stories:
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Al Quds leads with, "Hammad: Dialogue mustsucceed in order for new
elections to proceed." Qoting Palestinian Authority (PA)
Presidential poitical advisor Nimer Hammad, the story notes that
the advisor calls upon all Palestinian factions t engage in the
internal Palestinian talks to be eld in Cairo, "with goodwill."
Hammad also calls or no further discussion regarding reports aboutPA President
Abbas running for office in future elctions, stating
that the issue is not under discssion. Al Ayyam leads with, "Hamas
delegation t Cairo presents four vetoes of proposals for a
tehnocrat government and new elections." The paper qotes Hamas
objections to establishing a technocrt government, conducting
reform to security in Gza (not the West Bank), disregarding
previous elction results and "dealing with Gaza separately."
The lead story in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida quotes Palestnian Authority
(PA) President Abbas confirming tat the PA, "will adhere to
whatever Arabs decideregarding [Palestinian] national unity. Those
wo do not accept [the decision], will have to bear the
consequences." Abbas' statements came during is visit to India,
where he also commented that,"peace negotiations with Israel shall
continue twards a comprehensive agreement that does not leav out
any issues ... [however], this year will, inevitably, end without a
peace agreement."
Al Quds' front page reports that Middle East Quartet Envoy Tony
Blair will arrive in Egypt on October 9 to prepare for a meeting of
representatives from the Quartet, Palestinian and Israeli
negotiating teams.
The world economic crisis is featured on all front pages. Running
wire stories, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida runs a headline, "black day in
world markets," while Al Ayyam's headline notes that the crisis is
"rocking Wall Street... U.S. calls for unified global action." Al
Quds runs a large, highlighted box with four wire stories from
Paris, New York, London, and Tel Aviv, describing the impact of the
crisis in each capital.
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and Al Ayyam report on their front pages that
Hamas "legislators" decided in a "parliament session" that
Palestinian Authority President Abbas' term will end on January 8,
2009. They also called upon Abbas to task the elections committee
with preparing for new elections. Hamas "Legislative Council Deputy
Speaker" Ahmad Bahr chaired the session and is quoted calling for
national reconciliation, while another Hamas official Faraj Al
Ghoul, is quoted stating that the Palestinian Legislative Council's
deputy speaker will take office after Abbas.
Al Quds' publishes the results of a public opinion poll conducted by
Near East Consulting on its front page. The poll shows that 63% of
Palestinians want Palestinian Authority President Abbas to continue
in office, while 37% do not. The poll also revealed that 88% of
Fatah supporters want Abbas to stay in office.
Al Quds notes in a prominent front page story that Palestinian
Authority (PA) Prime Minister Fayyad announced that the PA will pay
next month's salaries to public employees. Fayyad comments came
after the PA's weekly cabinet meeting. He also stated that he
expected the financial situation of the PA to be better next year.
Al Ayyam's front page highlights comments from the meeting offering
the ministers' support for the "steadfastness" of the old city of
Hebron and calling for a lifting of Israeli barriers and
check-points. Al-Hayat Al-Jadida highlights news that the cabinet
has approved funding for cultural activities in Jerusalem to
celebrate the city as the "Arab cultural capital of 2009," which is
part of a UNESCO- affiliated program.
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reports in a front page story that Palestinians

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