Roger Cohen says Sec. Clinton has taken charge of US peace efforts. The US is still pressing for a 90 day settlement freeze, but it's unclear if this would advance the process and the Arab League may not accept it. A former Israeli soldier exposes abuse of Palestinians in Hebron. Hanan Ashrawi says Israeli settlement activity threatens a two-state solution. Palestinians and settlers clash over olive groves. Aaron David Miller says to achieve peace, Pres. Obama will have to use all his political capital. The US admits its peace deadline may be slipping. Israel puts a controversial settlement plan in occupied East Jerusalem on hold. Avi Issacharoff says Netanyahu may be pushing the Palestinians to declare independence. Israeli and Dubai police officials meet. UNRWA employees in the West Bank go on strike. Israeli intelligence officials say without peace, there will be chaos. The BBC looks at Israel's rightward political shift. Chris Guinness says development is essential for peace. Ali Ibrahim says Israel is extracting a huge price for the freeze extension. Mahmoud Jaraba says Hamas should be encouraged to moderate its policies.

Israeli actions jeopardize two-state solution
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Hanan Ashrawi - (Opinion) November 16, 2010 - 12:00am


The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reached a critical stage. For more than two decades, the two-state solution has been the basis of international efforts to make peace in the region. Yet the Israeli government's refusal to cease settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem will shortly render the creation of a territorially contiguous and viable Palestinian state impossible.


Netanyahu tries to shore up support for US plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Statesman
by Josef Federman - November 16, 2010 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM — Despite seemingly premature congratulations from President Barack Obama, Israel's prime minister was scrambling Monday to secure enough Cabinet votes to pass a U.S. proposal to halt West Bank settlement construction for 90 days, aimed at restarting peace talks with the Palestinians. Benjamin Netanyahu is under heavy pressure to move forward with the plan, which could lead to critical negotiations on Israel's final borders with a future Palestine.


Plan for new Jerusalem housing project delayed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Gur Salomon - November 16, 2010 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- A plan to build new housing units in Gilo, a neighborhood in southeastern Jerusalem, has been put on hold indefinitely. Two local committees engaged in development projects in the Jerusalem area have decided to delay discussions on the plan to construct 1,300 units in Gilo, local daily Ha'aretz reported Monday. The decision is most likely made in response to a request from the Prime Minister's Office, which seeks to avoid a head-on clash with the United States over the approval of new residential projects in disputed areas of Jerusalem, the report said.


Netanyahu is fomenting revolution in the West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Avi Issacharoff - November 16, 2010 - 12:00am


Haaretz's report last week that there are no more Palestinian fugitives in Samaria sparked many responses from Palestinian groups and the Arab media. Once more the Palestinian Authority was accused of collaborating with Israel and trying to avoid a reconciliation with Hamas.


Israeli, Dubai police officials meet in UAE
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Daniel Doron - November 16, 2010 - 12:00am


The diplomatic row between Israel and Dubai has not undermined relations between the two states' law enforcement apparatuses. Last week, Qatar hosted the annual Interpol General Assembly, which was attended by top law enforcement echelons from around the world. Israel, which also took part in the event, was represented by Head of the police investigations unit Major-General Yoav Segalovich and head of the police special assignment department Commander Guy Nir.


UNRWA Strike Closes Schools, Clinics in West Bank Camps
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by David Miller - November 16, 2010 - 12:00am


Garbage piles up, too, as labor action enters its second month; dispute gets personal Schools and clinics are shuttered, and garbage has been piling up on streets across the West Bank’s 19 refugee camps, as some 5,000 striking employees of the United Nations Works and Relief Agency (UNRWA) have brought critical public services to a halt in a pay dispute.


Israel 'risks chaos without peace', official warns
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC World News
by Ruth Gavison - November 16, 2010 - 12:00am


The Palestinian leadership could fall apart without significant progress towards peace with Israel, which would be a major setback for Israel, a senior Israeli intelligence official has said. The situation in the West Bank was the best in over a decade, he said - but warned it could lurch back into chaos. The source was speaking to the BBC on condition of anonymity. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad were the "best combination", he said.


Israeli politics: A lurch to the right?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC World News
by Wyre Davies - November 16, 2010 - 12:00am


Joshua Sobol is one of Israel's most venerated and prolific playwrights. At 71, he is still very much involved in theatre - and politics. He recently took part in a boycott of a new theatre in Ariel - a long-established Jewish settlement built on occupied Palestinian land. Several leading Israeli actors and playwrights are joining the boycott. They say, it represents much of what is wrong with their country; the settlements, the treatment of Palestinians and growing intolerance.


An Expensive Bill
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Ali Ibrahim - November 16, 2010 - 12:00am


My initial impression of the price that Israel will receive, in return for agreeing to new U.S. proposals to stop settlement construction for 90 days, is that it is an expensive bill. Modern military aircraft worth $3 billion, for free, political and security pledges to veto any Security Council resolution against Israel, and most importantly, this is a proposal to stop only the latest process of settlement construction.



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