May 22nd

PM: Jerusalem will always be ours
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ronen Medzini - May 21, 2009 - 12:00am

State ceremony marking Jerusalem Day sees Netanyahu, President Peres vow capital will never again be divided. Abbas aide: Israeli occupation of east Jerusalem illegal The State ceremony marking Jerusalem Day was held Thursday at the capital's Ammunition Hill. "Unified Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Jerusalem always has been and always will be ours and it will never be divided again," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to the sounds of roaring applause.

Return of the boomerang
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
May 22, 2009 - 12:00am

It's possible that a sorcerer with a particularly black sense of humor has put a curse on every Israeli prime minister since David Ben-Gurion: They are all fated, sooner or later, to confront head-on precisely their worst nightmares. To deal, during their own particular term, with everything they'd wanted to repress, to cause to be forgotten and to put off for their whole lives - in a kind of test of fire that will determine their political fate.

Evacuating outposts is easiest gesture
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel - (Analysis) May 22, 2009 - 12:00am

Neither the aggressive statements made by Defense Minister Ehud Barak in support of evacuating West Bank outposts, his growing agreement with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the need to evacuate some of the illegal Jewish settlements, nor the evacuation of the Maoz Ester outpost on Thursday necessarily point to a fundamental change in the government's policy on the matter.

Second round in a long bout
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Daoud Kuttab - May 22, 2009 - 12:00am

The long-awaited Obama-Netanyahu meeting has finally taken place. If this were a boxing match, one would probably have to call the result of the latest round at the White House a tie.

The Idea of a New Camp David and Parallel Negotiations on All Fronts
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Dar Al-Hayat
by Raghida Dergham - May 22, 2009 - 12:00am

Arab capitals are discussing with Washington the idea of President Barack Obama inviting the leaderships of Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Israel to a conference similar to the Camp David talks. Held in July, the conference would include parallel negotiations between Israel and each of Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, with the goal of reaching an all-inclusive peace.

Obama’s team moves to middle ground
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Rami Khouri - May 22, 2009 - 12:00am

The meeting in the White House Monday between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clarified significant differences as well as deep convergences in the two countries’ approaches to two major sources of tension and conflict in the Middle East - the Iranian nuclear sector and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

No US blank cheque for Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by Patrick Seale - May 21, 2009 - 12:00am

The first round of the contest between the US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not draw blood. At their 90-minute meeting in Washington on May 18, the two circled each other warily, striving with studied politeness to conceal their considerable mutual antipathy. There was no disguising, however, the wide divergence of their views. The coming rounds promise to be more bruising.

Israeli troops kill two Gaza militants
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
May 22, 2009 - 12:00am

Israeli troops crossed into Gaza and killed two Palestinian militants who were planting a bomb along the border fence before dawn Friday, the Israeli military said. Violence has largely abated along the tense frontier since Israel's devastating offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers early this year, but sporadic border violence and rocket fire have continued. Soldiers posted along the border spotted the two men planting a bomb near the fence and crossed into Gaza to engage them, the military said. The gunmen were killed in the ensuing firefight.

What is the Problem with Abbas?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Tariq Alhomayed - May 21, 2009 - 12:00am

An organized campaign against the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is being carried out by the media of Iran, and its allies and agents in the region [of the Arab world]. Its goal is to make Abu Mazen appear to be weak. The campaign intensified following the Fatah conference and the forming of the new government. So on what basis is Mahmoud Abbas still present?

May 21st

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' recent appointment of a new cabinet in the West Bank elicits speculation on the widening gap between Palestinian political factions (1) (3) (11) (12). Israel removes a West Bank settler outpost in a gesture to President Obama (5), while the Administration continues to insist on a full halt to all settlement activity (4) (14). Senior members of Prime Minister Netanyahu's staff dismiss mounting international calls for peace based on two states (16). An op-ed by a Palestinian resident of the West Bank town of Hebron describes the severe restrictions on movement in the area (17).

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