Update – 27 November 2007

Dear Advocates,

The Annapolis Summit is now under way and it is getting plenty of media coverage in our local media and around the world. Today’s update is a consolidated list of various articles and analyses from the Summit, and the weeks leading up to it.

Please find selected articles below from our local media:

The Age
Progress Falters as Peace Talks Begin (Anne Davies, Washington)
Leaders’ Rapport Put to the Test (Los Angeles Times)
Summit Must Give Peace a Chance (Editorial)

The Australian
Late Rush to Mid-East Summit (Martin Churlov)
Players Need Pragmatism to Win Game (AP: Print Edition reads: Pragmatism Needed to Win Game)
Bush Back in Peace Saddle (AP: Print Edition reads: Bush Engages after a Hands-Off Approach on Peace)

ABC News
Stakes High at Annapolis Peace Conference (Middle East Correspondent David Hardaker)
Annapolis Talks Hit Early Hurdle (North American Correspondent Kim Landers)

Please find below various resources where there are plenty of articles to read about everything you might want to know regarding the Annapolis talks.

Israel, the Conflict and Peace: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions – From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website. This is a really fantastic resource, especially for those who are asked questions in the workplace or at University about Israel’s position regarding the conflict with the Palestinians.
The Annapolis Conference November 27 2007 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Annapolis 2007 – Jpost Special on Annapolis
The Annapolis Conference – Haaretz Special on Annapolis
Annapolis Summit – Special Website by the Reut Institute
A Chronology of Events Leading Up to the Annapolis Conference – By StandWithUs.org

Selected Articles, Analyses and Other Items of Interest pre Annapolis:

Annapolis – A New Beginning For Peace – His Excellency Yuval Rotem, Israel’s Ambassador to Australia in yesterday’s (26/11) Age
Confidence Building After Annapolis – David Makovsky, senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute
The Importance of Annapolis – Mark Regev video on Guardian Unlimited
Palestinian Politics and the Annapolis Meeting – Mohammad Yaghi, Lafer international fellow with the Washington Institute and a columnist for the Palestinian daily al-Ayyam
Hamas: Abbas has no right to give up one inch of Palestine – Haaretz
PA Must Control Gaza before Two States – Jpost
Terrorism from the Gaza Strip, November 1-15 2007 – Distributed from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
From the UN Partition Plan of 1947 to Annapolis 2007 – Declaration by Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC)

Of course, there are plenty mores articles and analyses out there for those interested. I have provided you with just a brief overview of the resources you can find to keep yourself
informed. I invite any advocates who have come across any stand-out articles to forward them on to me. My next update will return to the regular format.

To officially launch the campaign for Israel’s 60th Yom Ha’atzmaut the community is invited to join us for an evening of fun and celebration as we mark 60 years since UN Resolution 181, establishing the State of Israel. Please join us on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the UN Partition Plan, tomorrow (Wednesday) 28 November 2007 at 8:00pm at Beth Weizmann Community Centre. Click here to view the flyer.

Best wishes,

Emily Chrapot
State Zionist Council of Victoria
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