Al-Ahram Weekly Online   7 - 13 August 2008
Issue No. 909
Press review
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

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By Hassan Idalbe in Al-Bayan of the UA

"The court ruling against Saadeddin Ibrahim tarnishes Egypt's image, and the regime uses the judiciary to settle accounts with the opposition." -- Al-Masry Al-Yom

"The shock of the court ruling [regarding Al-Salam 98 ferry] was more severe than that of the 1967 defeat." -- Gamal El-Ghitani, Al-Akhbar

"Egypt has not changed its policies aimed at combating the use of religion in politics since the [23rd July] Revolution." -- Gamal Mubarak, Al-Ahram

"It is not a shame for Fatah to fail in reaching a sound vision for a settlement or for Hamas to fail to have a sound vision of the Palestinian Authority. If the programmes of the two parties do not succeed, they should find a third programme: resistance of the Zionist enemy." -- Fayez Rashid, Al-Khaleej

"The weak Palestinian political establishment could not negotiate with Israel from a position of power. Even if it succeeds, it cannot establish a strong state as long as the seeds of fragmentation are present in Palestinian parties and organisations." -- Al-Riyadh

"We crush one another to achieve victories that leave our fate in the hands of others. There is nothing to boast about, as the spilled blood is a sign of shame for all of us. The great catastrophe is that we tend to forget our main issue, fighting occupation." -- Hafez Al-Barghouti, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

"What happened in Shijaiyeh and in other places before is causing pain and bloodshed that would have negative repercussions on the Palestinian question. It should be a lesson to all parties and a red line that should not be crossed in the future." -- Amr Giftilli, Tishreen

"Given that Hamas concluded a truce with Israel and tried hard to respect it, and given that its behaviour is becoming like Fatah, reconciliation has become essential and working together is possible more than at any time before." -- Abdul-Rahman Al-Rashed, Asharq Al-Awsat

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