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Cablegate: Jerusalem Media Reaction (11/21): Israel and Gaza: "The

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SUBJECT: JERUSALEM MEDIA REACTION (11/21): ISRAEL AND GAZA: "THE
TWO-STATE SOLUTION"

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Main Stories:
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Al Quds leads with news of the "deteriorating" situation in Gaza,
due to continued Israeli closures of crossing points. Bakeries and
mills have shut down and stores have run out of bread. Shortages in
fuel continue, while the safety of drinking water is imperiled by
electricity cuts, according to reporting. The paper adds that
homemade Gaza rockets continue to fall on Israel and a Palestinian
militant was killed by Israeli tank fire on November 20. Al Quds'
lead photo, also featured on Al Hayat Al Jadida's front page, shows
two Gazan women cooking over wood fires. In related news, Al Quds
front pages statements UNRWA chief Karen Abu Zeid that the
organization will "suffer" a budget deficit of $87 million next
year. Finallly, in Gaza news, the paper reports on a hunger strike
by "international supporters" arrested by Israel while sailing in
Palestinian fishing boats near Gaza. The strikers are demanding the
return of the fishing boats to the Palestinian owners.

Al Ayyam and Al Hayat Al Jadida lead with news that Palestinian
Authority President Abbas met with King Abdullah of Jordan in Aqaba
on November 20. Abdullah warned Israel to end its continued "siege"
of Gaza and take immediate steps to end Palestinian suffering and
reopen Gaza crossings. The three papers publish front-page
photographs of the meeting and note that it was held two days after
a secret meeting in Aqaba between Abdullah and Israeli officials
Prime Minister Olmert and Defense Minister Barak. Al Quds notes
that Jordan asked Israel to halt all "unilateral actions" in the
West Bank and Gaza and stated that Israel will not be accepted by
the Arab world until Palestinians have their own state and freedom.
Al Quds further quotes Israel's Transportation Minister renewing his
call for targeted assassinations against Palestinian faction leaders
in Gaza.

Al Ayyam and Al Hayat Al Jadida front page a second main story about
Israeli settler violence and vandalism in Hebron and Jerusalem. The
papers report that settlers in Hebron desecrated gravestones in a
Muslim cemetery, and sprayed graffiti of Jewish symbols and "Death
to Arabs," and insults to the Prophet Mohammad on a Hebron mosque.
The two papers report that masked and armed Israeli settlers
attacked 40 Palestinian homes, a number of cars and olive trees in
the Hebron area on November 20, to protest an Israeli court ruling
to evict settlers from a disputed Palestinian house. Al Hayat Al
Jadida's lead photo shows Israeli settlers jeering at a member of
the well-known Palestinian Rajaby family in Hebron and an inset
photo of settler graffiti on the Hebron mosque.

Al Hayat Al Jadida and Al Ayyam's front pages report that in
Jerusalem, the Israeli municipality "destroyed" a second protest
tent for the Palestinian Al Kurd family whose house was turned over
to "Israeli settlers" by municipal authorities. Al Quds' front page
reports that the Palestinian protesters, aided by significant public
support and media attention, have erected a third tent, especially
in light of the November 20 E.U. Parliament's decision that Israeli
removal of the tents is illegal under international law.

Al Hayat Al Jadida provides front page coverage of the celebration
of renovations to the Palestinian heritage site Hisham's Palace in
Jericho. The ceremony was attended by Palestinian Authority (PA)
Prime Minister Fayyad, U.S. Consul General Jake Walles, USAID
Director Howard Sumka and other officials. Walles is quoted saying
that the project,"will contribute to reviving and improving the
tourism sector." Al Ayyam runs a second USAID-related story on an
inside page, noting that USAID Director Sumka and PA Minister of

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Education Al Alami launched "A laptop for every student" project for
Palestinian schools on November 20 in Ramallah.

Al Hayat Al Jadida's front page reports that President Bush and
Israel's Prime Minister Olmert will meet at the White House on
November 24 to discuss the peace process, bilateral relations and
Middle East regional issues. In other presidential news, Al Quds'
front page reports that president-elect Obama has begun selecting
his cabinet and advisors, and that Hilary Clinton might be the next
U.S. Secretary of State.

Al Quds and Al Ayyam's front pages report that the Fatah Central
Council will meet in Ramallah on November 23 to discuss several
issues, including the end of Palestinan Authority President Abbas'
term.

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BLOCK QUOTES:
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1) Mohammad Yaghy writes in Al Ayyam under the title,
"Reconciliation is impossible, but resolution is possible" (11/21):
"The Cairo dialogue [for unity among Palestinian factions] didn't
never had a chance of succeeding... and since the Palestinians have
done away with the "resistance" option by signing the Oslo
agreement, they no longer have anything left to give [leverage]
Israel ...and thus, since 1993, Israel has behaved as if it were
negotiating with itself... [negotiations] with the Arabs is a
different issue since the Arabs still have many cards to hand Israel
in return for a true, just resolution [to the conflict] and since
the negotiations will be for an end to the broader Israeli-Arab
conflict, not just the Palestinian portion."

2) Rajab Abu Sarayya opines in Al Ayyam under the title, "Security
men and the politics lady" (11/21): "The 'by the way' comments made
by [Israel's Foreign Minister Livni] the Israeli policy lady at a
[recent] meeting with representatives of North American Jews in
Jerusalem are significant. She demanded that Hamas recognize the
Jewish state... The significance of the statements lies in the
implicit admission that dialogue between Hamas and Israel has moved
from the security level to a political one. She knows that Hamas
alone controls Gaza... [Israel thinks] there is a possibility for
serious "development" towards negotiations between the "Gaza state"
and Israel on a political solution that could produce two states
living side-by-side: The state of Israel and the state of Gaza."

Walles

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