UPI Politics & Policies: Hamas gov't in crunch By CLAUDE SALHANI
Governing the Palestinian territories has never been a simple task, even at the best of times.
Dar Al-Hayat "Hamas" and Olmert by Abdallah Iskandar - “Hamas” failed upon the elections in capturing the moment of Palestinian consensus, which can set off a national government (front), with the rest of the factions, committees, and figures. It seems that the short-haul calculations, the party game, and the personal goals are still topping the agenda. It will thus be easy for Israel to resume its unilateral schemes.
Gulf News Forcing Hamas will never work
The West wants Middle East democracy only on its own terms
A just peace or no peace Ismail Haniyeh: Israeli unilateralism is a recipe for conflict - as is the west's racist refusal to treat Palestinians as equals.
Daily Star After the confusion of Oslo's demise, Israel's new realism By Barry Rubin
Christian Science Monitor Israeli voters turn to new issues, parties
The Palestinian conflict was not the only concern in Tuesday's election.
Dar Al-Hayat How Will "Hamas" Implement its Agenda? By Maher Othman - How will Hamas secure a safe passage between Gaza Strip and the West Bank? How can it await the release of prisoners and the pullout of the occupation forces from the Palestinian cities without negotiations with Israel? Will it use force or will it compel Israel to go for negotiations without recognizing its presence?
Al-Ahram Approved Khaled Amayreh reports from the West Bank as the Legislative Council approves a Hamas-led cabinet
Gulf News Hamas ministers take charge of their posts
Hamas's new Cabinet ministers started moving into their offices yesterday as Western nations began following through on their threats to cut off aid to the Palestinian government if the group does not moderate.
Al-Ahram Tug of war Ibrahim Nafie examines the double bind of Arab aid to the Palestinians and the position of Hamas
Haaretz Ex-Mossad chief: Hamas offered 30-year cease-fire in 1997
BBC Kadima secures extra seat in poll
Jerusalem Post Final: Olmert gains center-left majority After tallying all votes, Kadima reaches 29 seats, Likud gets 12 and Meretz 5.
Haaretz Kadima's historic role
FT Olmert considers options after slender victory The new Kadima party faces a difficult time building a coalition to back its plan to redraw Israel’s borders, reports Harvey Morris
Haaretz Ehud Olmert favors Yisrael Beiteinu over Shas in coalition
Victory for Olmert as Israel moves to the centre Ehud Olmert, Israel’s acting prime minister, declared victory for the new centrist Kadima party in the country’s general elections, and pledged to lead a coalition that would set the country’s final borders.
Yedioth Ahronoth Coalition talks tips
Politicians should use coalition talks to restore respect
Yedioth Ahronoth Peretz faces coalition dilemma by Attila Somfalvi
Labor party expected to join forces with Kadima as senior coalition partner, but
'Sharon studied my map before stroke' By TOVAH LAZAROFF
On his last day of consciousness, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon studied a new map showing potential borders that would allow for both a Palestinian state and for as many settlers as possible to remain in Judea and Samaria, Kadima politician Otniel Schneller has told The Jerusalem Post.
Al-Ahram Finished with Likud It was poverty not disengagement that determined the outcome of the Israeli elections, writes Graham Usher in Jerusalem
Der Spiegel Disengagement or Escapism? With Ehud Olmert as its new prime minister, Israel seems set to continue the policy of disengagement from the occupied territories inaugurated by Ariel Sharon. Is Israel's hope of containing the conflict by turning inward is realistic?
US 'open' to Israel borders plan
Haaretz U.S. and the elections
Haniyeh: Pullout is recipe for conflict British daily The Guardian on Friday published an opinion by Palestinian Prime Minister and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh who threatened that unilateral steps by Israel are a recipe for confrontation.
Washington Post Israel's Surprise Issue By E. J. Dionne Jr., March
NYT Bomber Kills 3 Israelis as Hamas Takes Power By GREG MYREThe new Palestinian interior minister announced that Palestinian security forces would no longer arrest Palestinian militants.
Washington Post West Bank Bomber Kills 4 Israelis
FT US bans meetings with Hamas The US administration banned its officials from meeting the Islamist group Hamas, as the new Palestinian government was sworn in and while Israel’s centrist Kadima party opened talks to form a coalition.
BBC Bomber strikes Israeli settlement A Palestinian bomber has killed himself and three Israelis outside a settlement in the West Bank, officials say.
Al-Ahram Second post The surprise appointment of a new Syrian vice-president sparks debate on how far this may affect the country's future, Sami Moubayed reports from Damascus
Dar Al-Hayat Urgent: Assad Shakes Hands with Siniora by Daoud Shirian - The standoff between Syria and Lebanon became, or was about to become, a gateway for a regional crisis that goes beyond the Syrians and the Lebanese. Khartoum’s summit deserves to be an Arab summit par excellence, since it disregarded the crucial issues and failed even to assume a role in reconciliation and confrontation.
ChamPress Syria Rejects Bids to Seed Discord in Iraq
Dar Al-Hayat The American-Iranian "Dialogue": No One Knows What Washington Wants by Raghida Dergham If Washington in the Bush era has decided to adopt the concept of the so-called “big-time bargaining” and make Iran its key partner in the deal, it will have decided implicitly to become a part of establishing the Shiite crescent in the region, despite the implications in terms of ethnic cleansing, partition, and breach of the commitments.
Jerusalem Post Eye of the storm: Hiding in a paradox By AMIR TAHERIThe EU and US may actually be strengthening Ahmadinejad's position.FT Big powers fail to agree next move on Iran The world’s big powers sought to strike a common front on Iran’s controversial nuclear programme but failed to agree what steps to take if Tehran refused to meet their demands.
Christian Science Monitor Security Council turns up pressure against Iran
Tehran has 30 days to prove it's not building nuclear arms, but shows no sign of bending.
Washington Post Don't Blame Me by Dan Froomkin With his vision of Iraq belied not only by an insurgency that he didn't anticipate, but also by sectarian rivalries that he disregarded before the invasion, President Bush has come up with a new rhetorical line of attack: It's not my fault, it's Saddam's.
MEMRI Mar 31 SD# 1130 - Iraqi Reformist MP Sayyed Ayad Jamal al-Din on Current Iraqi Issues
Asia Times Talking with the 'terrorists' Apart from Israel, there are five political movements and governments in the Middle East of undeniable importance: Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Mark Perry and Alastair Crooke