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Cablegate: Jerusalem Media Reaction (09/11): Upcoming Special Envoy

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SUBJECT: JERUSALEM MEDIA REACTION (09/11): Upcoming Special Envoy
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Main Stories:
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Al-Quds and Al-Ayyam dailies lead with a story on Special Envoy
George Mitchell's trip to the region, noting that there is a
consensus among the Arab states that the continuation of Israeli
settlement activity will lead to the failure of international peace
efforts. The Arab states are also calling for an international
committee to investigate issues relating to former Palestinian land
and properties within "Green Line" Israel, according to coverage.
Al-Quds quotes Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al-Malki calling on
the Arab states not to move towards normalization with Israel.

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In related news, Al-Quds highlights Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu saying that Israel "will not offer any compromises" and
"will not allow the establishment of a terrorist state in the West
Bank."

The three dailies front page news on the Palestinian Liberation
Organization's (PLO) positive reaction to the Egyptian plan
submitted earlier this week containing suggestions for internal
Palestinian reconciliation, according to the PLO Executive
Committee's Secretary General Yasser Abed-Rabbo.

Al-Quds highlights Israeli settlers attempting to "take over" the
house of the Al-Dawodi family in the Old City of Jerusalem. Al-Quds
reports that five settlers stormed into the house after breaking the
locks while the family was out.
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BLOCK QUOTES:
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1) Yahya Rabah opines in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida official daily under the
title "The Winners and the Losers" (09/11): "There are no winners or
losers in the events of September 11. Everyone is a loser and no
group, no matter how strong, can save themselves and isolate
themselves from the weakest group in the world. There cannot be
hundreds of millions of poor people and also security. We can't have
millions of oppressed and then pretend there is security. And the
Israeli occupation cannot continue to disregard the lives of
Palestinians and Arabs and then hope that everyone enjoys
security."
2) Mohammad Yaghi opines in Al-Ayyam daily under the headline
"Obama: Hour of Truth Draws Near" (09/11):"Obama is the one who
redefined the US policy to make it more balanced. He is the one who
revived terminology that was last used prior to President Reagan
when he described settlement activities as illegal and tried to halt
these activities in the occupied lands, including Jerusalem. And
Obama is the one who reminded us that the origin of this conflict is
not the June 4th (1967) war but the tragedy of the displacement of
the Palestinian people in 1948. He is the one who clearly stated
that putting an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict, especially the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict, contributes to eliminating
terrorism."

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