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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has welcomed the Israeli government’s decision to ask the United States to resume its role as mediator in the Middle East peace process.
The Palestinians are hoping that Washington will push Israel to accept a troop withdrawal from the West Bank.
The former Israeli Prime Minister, Shimon Peres, who met with Arafat in Gaza on Wednesday, said he hopes it will go ahead.
The latest development came after the first direct talks for several months between the two sides in the peace talks.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres travelled to Gaza on Wednesday for meetings with Yasser Arafat on the latest developments in the peace process.
Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have resumed after they broke off several months ago, but no peace proposal has been put forward despite days of meetings.
The most immediate sticking point is the delayed withdrawal of troops from the West Bank which Israel is committed to under the Oslo accords.
The U-S has been pushing a land-for-security plan under which Israel would withdraw from 13 percent of the West Bank, in exchange for greater Palestinian efforts to crack down on Islamic militants.
The Palestinians have accepted the U-S initiative, but the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far balked at the scope of the troop pullback.
The Israeli position led the U-S to abandon its role as mediator.
But after the latest round of talks appeared to reach deadlock, the Israeli government has asked the U-S to step in once again.
Arafat welcomed the move on Wednesday.
SOUNDBITE: (Arabic)
“It is an attempt by them (Israelis) to return to the American way and we are not against it”
SUPER CAPTION: Yasser Arafat, Palestinian Authority President
Peres, who was part of the Israeli Labour government which signed the Oslo accords with the Palestinians in 1993, said he hoped the troop withdrawal would go ahead.
SOUNDBITE: (English)
“I can understand the nature of the decisions that both the Palestinians and the Israelis have to take. They are serious decisions. I hope they will be taken in the proper way and redeployment will take place.”
SUPER CAPTION: Shimon Peres, former Israeli Prime Minister
The Israeli government has a wafer-thin majority and is bitterly divided over the issue of the West Bank redeployment.
But Peres has put forward a plan in parliament to guarantee Netanyahu a six month parliamentary safety net if he agrees to the troop withdrawal.
More than a dozen legislators of the Labour Party have said they would agree to the proposal.

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Palestinian journalist Taghreed El-Khodary describes an atmosphere of uncertainty in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, and emphasizes the importance of renewed communication between Israeli and Palestinian civilians.

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This panel discussion of Arab and Israeli journalists speak on the challenges of covering Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Panelists include Taghreed El-Khodary, Aharon Barnea, Sleman Al-Shafh, Salameh Nematt, and David Makovsky – American Jewish Committee

Taghreed El-Khodary is a Gaza correspondent for the New York Times and freelance television and print reporter.

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The head of a special FIFA committee aimed at improving soccer relations between Israel and the Palestinians says conflict and politics are the main issues hindering progress.…
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MEA ARCHAEOLOGY
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Jabaliyah, Gaza Strip – July 21, 2013
1. Close French archaeologist sweeping away sand from Byzantine mosaic
2. Mid Ecole Biblique archaeologist, Jean-Baptiste Humbert, sweeping away sand from Byzantine mosaic
3. Close-up human figure on Byzantine mosaic
4. Pan from right to left, close details of lion on Byzantine mosaic
5. Close lion on Byzantine mosaic
6. Wide Byzantine mosaic
7. Various Ecole Biblique archaeologist, Jean-Baptiste Humbert, spreading water over Byzantine mosaic
8. Various close-up details of Byzantine mosaic
AP Television
Jerusalem – 6 July 2013
9. SOUNDBITE (English): Jean-Baptiste Humbert, Ecole Biblique archeologist
“Archeology in Gaza is everywhere, because it was a small land, like an oasis, you know?…very rich oasis, with gardens, cities and you have settlements, dwellings, fortresses, cities everywhere.”
AP Television
St. Hilarion monastery site, Central Gaza Strip – July 21, 2013
10. Wide pan right to left of St. Hilarion monastery archaeological site
11. Various St. Hilarion monastery columns on the ground
12. Wide cole Biblique archaeologist, Jean-Baptiste Humbert, walking at St. Hilarion monastery
AP Television
Jerusalem – 6 July 2013
13. SOUNDBITE (English): Jean-Baptiste Humbert, Ecole Biblique archeologist
“I can tell you that twenty years ago 95% of the potential, archaeological potential of Gaza was safe. Now half disappeared due to the conditions, political and economic conditions, demographic conditions”
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St. Hilarion monastery site, Central Gaza Strip – July 21, 2013
14. Wide St. Hilarion monastery archaeological site
15. Wide mosaic at St. Hilarion monastery
16. Close-up detail of mosaic at St. Hilarion monastery
AP Television
Tel Es-Sakan site, Central Gaza Strip – July 21, 2013
17. Wide Tel Es-Sakan archaeological site
18. Mid Ecole Biblique archeologist, Jean-Baptist Humbert, walking down Tes Es-Sakan site
19. Close-up remains of mud brick ramparts
20. Wide Tel Es-Sakan site and Palestine university visible on background
21. Wide buildings near Tel Es-Sakan site
AP Television
Jerusalem – 6 July 2013
22. SOUNDBITE (English): Jean-Baptiste Humbert, Ecole Biblique archaeologist
“Gaza is a construction field you know and that is why the archaeologist is like a mad man running here, running here to try to check what is in process of destruction.”
AP Television
Gaza City, Gaza Strip – 25 July 2013
23. Pan left to right Gaza City
24. Various narrow alleys and Gaza City residents
AP Television
Gaza City, Gaza Strip – 21 July 2013
25. Establishing shot Deputy Minister of Gaza Tourism and Antiquities, Mohammed Khella
26. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Mohammed Khella, Deputy Minister of Gaza Tourism and Antiquities
“It’s possible to preserve the sites, but if we want to be able to develop or restore the sites, that needs experts and cadres and this is what the (Antiquities) Ministry lacks because our staff are new. Almost all of the old employees withdrew from the Ministry in 2006 and that led to hiring new employees who don’t have enough experience; we can only rely on what they have studied at university.”
AP Television
Tel Rafah, Southern Gaza Strip – 22 July 2013
27. Pan right to left Tel Rafah archaeological site
28. Various people at Tel Rafah archaeological site
29. Various Gaza Tourism and Antiquities employees unearthing ancient vases and working on site
AP Television
Gaza City, Gaza Strip – 21 July 2013
30. Wide Ecole Biblique laboratory
31. Close staff working on vase
32. Mid Ecole Biblique archaeologist, Jean-Baptiste Humbert, near vases found in Gaza. UPSOUND (English):

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The Gaza Strip is unlikely to feature on a list of the Mediterranean’s top holiday resorts, but that may change if the Palestinian Authority gets its way.

New resources are being pushed into hotels and tourist sites in the hope that the region can win a bigger slice of the lucrative holiday market.

Israel currently earns around 3 billion dollars a year from the holiday trade and the Palestinians now hope that they can boost the flow of tourist dollars.

But the years of negative images from the region are proving a tough barrier in the fight to lure new visitors to the region.

Its a side of the Gaza Strip that rarely makes it onto the world’s television screens.

Several new luxury hotels have sprung up on the Mediterranean coast and many others are under construction.

But many of the businessmen investing in the tiny holiday industry are finding it a tough marketplace.

Basel Elaiweh, owner of the Windmill Hotel in Gaza City, said that when he built his hotel in Gaza City he was hoping the strip would command a spot on the tourist map.

But two years later Elaiweh says he has virtually no tourists checking into his plush hotel.

He blames the lack of visitors on the stumbling Middle East Peace Process.

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic)
“The main reason that encouraged us to start this hotel and put our cash is because we were hoping the peace process will go on, nothing has happened so far, what we see is more complications and regulations that cut people in the West Bank from people in Gaza and I do not think we can live on that.”
SUPER CAPTION: Basel Elaiweh, Owner of Windmill Hotel in Gaza

But hotels and restaurants are not the only thing that can encourage tourists in Gaza Strip.

In addition to the few historical mosques and churches, an impressive archaeological site has been discovered in the strip.

Archaeologists are currently looking after a vast area of well-preserved mosaic pavements which once graced the floor of a Byzantine church.

This wonderful discovery contains complex patterns and decorations and an array of Greek inscriptions.

The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism is trying to encourage foreign countries to help them excavate more places and to preserve the ones already discovered.

Abdullah Hijazi, Deputy Minister of Tourism believes that the Palestinian Authority has made all efforts to encourage tourism in its areas.

Hijazi says the deadlock in the Peace Process is making it impossible for the Palestinians to encourage visitors to the area.

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic)
“The more we have progress in the peace process, the more we have tourists into Palestine, if there is progress we will have all kinds of tourists in Gaza not only Arabs and Jews.”
SUPER CAPTION: Abdullah Hijazi, Deputy Tourism Minister in the Palestinian Authority

Gaza City’s beach, is lined by hotels, a resort with an Olympic-size pool and restaurants serving food unknown here just a few years ago: pizza and hamburgers, Chinese, Indian and Italian dishes.

But tourists may only feel further tempted to the Palestinian region if they are able to see the Middle East Peace Process move forward.

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