Likud-Kadima coalition talks resumed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Atilla Somfalvi - March 13, 2009 - 12:00am

Netanyahu government continues to materialize: The secret talks between the Likud and Kadima parties have been resumed recently in a bid to form a joint coalition, sources in both parties confirmed Friday. Senior officials in both parties have been discussing this possibility in the past few days. According to the sources, Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni and are aware of these talks and were even involved in some of them Netanyahu himself has spoken to senior Kadima officials, but Likud sources clarified that these were not negotiations.

Is a right-wing government the answer?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
March 13, 2009 - 12:00am

A right-wing Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyahu is widely seen as spelling the end of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Given the ongoing expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which Netanyahu has promised to accelerate, no other outcome seems conceivable.

Seems like old times in Middle East
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Chicago Tribune
March 13, 2009 - 12:00am

There's a lot of talk, most of it from Republicans, about President Barack Obama reneging on one or another of his impassioned campaign promises, most of them having to do with our ever-worsening economic disaster. But the promise that is most serious, at least in foreign policy, is the Middle East—and one can't quite tell yet whether the "forgetfulness" over his earlier pledges of "change" toward the region are coming obliquely from his secretary of state or directly from Obama himself.

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Ali Sawafta - March 11, 2009 - 12:00am

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian youth and wounded another on Wednesday after firebombs were thrown at their vehicle in the occupied West Bank, an Israeli military spokeswoman said. A Palestinian paramedic said Fayez Atta, 17, from a village near the West Bank town of Ramallah, had died of gunshot wounds and another youth had been taken to an Israeli hospital in a serious condition. The Israeli spokeswoman said troops opened fire when the Palestinians, whom they suspected had attacked their vehicle with firebombs, ignored their orders to surrender.

Palestinian rights group releases Cast Lead stats
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
March 12, 2009 - 12:00am

Some 1,434 Palestinians were killed, including 960 civilians, during Israel's military offensive in Gaza, a Palestinian human rights group said. The dead included 288 children and 121 women, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said on Thursday. The non-civilians killed included 239 police officers and 235 "fighters," according to the group. The group said it would publish a list of the names of those killed next week in Arabic, and would follow that with an English version, according to Reuters. Some 5,303 people were injured in the fighting, according to the group.

The one-, two-, five-state solutions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
March 13, 2009 - 12:00am

We enjoy the counting game when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict, hypothesising about the number of states that must be created to end this conflict. The one-state solution is an idea coming from part of the Palestinian liberal elite that calls for one state for two nations: Israelis and Palestinians. The idea is rejected by Israelis as political suicide because demographic trends will mean a Palestinian-dominated state in 20 years or so.

Obama's Middle East test
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by Patrick Seale - March 12, 2009 - 12:00am

Will President Barack Obama manage to resolve the intractable Arab-Israeli conflict, which has held the world hostage for the past 60 years? Or will he be driven by events to revert to the more modest aim of conflict-management, which has characterised the policies of his predecessors in the White House? This question was the underlying theme of a conference at the Nato Defence College in Rome on March 4-5, attended by participants from the Middle East, the United States and Europe.

ATFP Co-Hosts Abed Rabbo-Beilin Meeting with Arab and Jewish American Leaders at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - December 3, 2003 - 1:00am

Washington DC, Dec. 3 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) along with Americans for Peace Now and the Foundation for Middle East Peace hosted a discussion about the newly launched Geneva Accords at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Wednesday December 3rd.

ATFP Hosts Palestinian PM Abbas and Arab American Community Leaders
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - July 28, 2003 - 12:00am

Washington DC, Jul. 28 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) hosted Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas, members of the Palestinian cabinet and the PLO envoy in Washington, at a breakfast today. The event was attended by over a hundred Palestinian, Arab and Muslim American leaders from all over the nation, as well as leading members of the Arab-American business and professional community.

PA Advisors Brief ATFP Board and Foreign Government Representatives on Israel's 'Wall of Separation'
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - July 18, 2003 - 12:00am

Washington DC, Jul. 18 -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) hosted today two members of the Palestinian Authority Negotiation Affairs Department. Stephanie Koury, legal advisor, and Fouad Hallak, technical advisor, briefed ATFP board members and a number of foreign government representatives on the impact of Israel’s ‘Wall of Separation’ on prospects for an Israel-Palestinian peace settlement. The U.S. tour of the two representatives is being conducted under the auspices of Bannerman & Associates, Inc.

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