Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Arab press roundup

Unidentified assailants on Wednesday morning assaulted senior Fatah leader Yahya Rabah in the Gaza Strip, according to relatives.

Rabah was leaving a restaurant in Gaza City when unidentified men approached him and beat him with bats. Rabah was transferred to hospital for treatment of bruises and wounds. His condition is stable, relatives say.
De Nile:
Israel said Tuesday it had received a letter from Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi indicating he wanted to work for peace in the Middle East, but Mursi's office later denied sending it.

"The letter that the media reported to have been sent from President Mursi to Israel was fake. President Mursi has not sent anything to Israel," spokesman Yasser Ali told Reuters.

An official from Peres' office said the letter was authentic.

"It was received by the Egyptian ambassador and handed over (to Peres's office). The denial was to be expected, given the letter's high publicity in Israeli and Egyptian media," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

Peres's office had distributed a copy of the letter to media, as well as a copy of an Egyptian embassy message sent along with it. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

Fatah and an Islamist group clash in the Lebanese Ain al Hilweh camp; one was killed and five injured.

Al Ahram has an investigative piece showing that Hamas is behind the massive weapons smuggling operation through Egypt and in the Sinai.

The Aqsa Foundation released a pretty boring 13 minute video showing Israeli excavations in the Kotel courtyard, some tunnels adjacent to the Temple Mount, some Israelis peacefully visiting the Temple Mount, an Arab riot there, and the "Children are Ready" video, all in one mishmash intended to incite:

Salam Fayyad is proud that British media, in their Olympics sites, called Jerusalem the capital of "Palestine."

According to the "Morsi Meter," in his first 30 days in office Mohamed Morsi has kept only one out of 64 campaign promises.

Turkey has not yet fulfilled its promise to reduce Iranian oil imports by 20%. It is still importing 167,000 barrels per day of oil from Iran.

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia cannot keep the lights on.