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Cablegate: Jerusalem Media Reaction (01/14): Senior Us Administration

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SUBJECT: JERUSALEM MEDIA REACTION (01/14): Senior US administration
officials to meet with the Palestinian Authority leadership in the
coming days

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Main Stories:
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Independent daily Al-Quds reports that National Security Advisor Jim
Jones and Special Envoy George Mitchell will visit the Palestinian
territories. The report notes that Jones will have meetings in
Ramallah today, while Mitchell will follow in few days. The coverage
expects that Mitchell will submit signed letters from President
Obama that serve as guarantees to all parties. Mitchell is also
expected to submit proposals to resume negotiations to create an
independent Palestinian state in two years.

Palestinian Authority (PA) official daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reports
that the Egyptian Foreign Minister and Egyptian Chief of
Intelligence told Secretary Clinton it is too early to hold a
trilateral meeting between President Abbas and Prime Minister
Netanyahu brokered by Egyptian President Mubarak.

The Palestinian press prominently reports that Sheikh Raed Salah,
the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was sentenced on
Wednesday to nine months in prison and six months probation for
incitement. In addition to the sentence, Salah was ordered to pay
7,500 Israeli shekels.

The dailies report on President Abbas' interview with Middle East
News Agency in Egypt during which he criticized Hamas for
obstructing national reconciliation and is quoted in the headlines
saying that "Hamas stopped the resistance with hopes to gain
legitimacy from the entire world."
Abbas also reaffirmed that the PA will not agree to Hamas'
concession to accept a state with temporary borders.

In related news, the dailies report that Hamas officials in Gaza
conducted intensive meetings with the Palestinian factions to reach
a consensus for maintaining the truce with Israel to avoid any
Israeli attacks.

The dailies report that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak
announced yesterday that Israel will extend it operating hours at
Tarqoumia checkpoint near Hebron to facilitate transferring goods to
and from Hebron.

Independent news agency Maan reports that its English desk Editor,
American citizen Jared Malsin, was detained at Israel's Ben Gurion
International Airport on Tuesday afternoon as he returned from the
Czech Republic on holiday. After eight hours of interrogation, the
Israeli Interior Ministry ordered him held and scheduled deportation
for 6:00 am on Thursday. An injunction requested by Maan's attorney
was rejected by the Israeli Attorney General, but that ruling was
overturned by a Tel Aviv judge, granting Malsin a hearing. Judge
Miriam Sokolov will hear Malsin's case at 10:00 am Thursday morning
at the Tel Aviv District Court. A verdict is expected by noon.
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BLOCK QUOTE:
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Hamdi Farraj, writing in Al-Quds under the title "Netanyahu Will
Kill the PA whether it Approves or Rejects Negotiations," believes
that Israeli measures such as killing Palestinians, demolishing
houses and confiscating lands will only lead to killing the PA
regardless of whether or not it agrees to return to the negotiating
table.
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