Forging Palestinian unity tough task, even for Turkey
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Tom Perry - June 10, 2010 - 12:00am

The prospect of Israel easing its blockade of Gaza has generated new pressure on Fatah and Hamas to end their feud, but the chances of the rival factions restoring Palestinian unity soon appear faint. Turkey, seeking to build on the kudos it has won among Arabs for challenging the blockade, has offered to mediate between the rivals and its prime minister has said the division must end. "For the peace in Palestine, it is necessary to overcome the problems between Fatah and Hamas," Tayyip Erdogan said this week. "There shouldn't be divisions anymore, there can't be."

Israel and Its Liberal 'Friends'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Wall Street Journal
by Bret Stephens - (Opinion) June 10, 2010 - 12:00am

Questions for liberals: What does it mean to be a friend of Israel? What does it mean to be a friend of the Palestinians? And should the same standards of friendship apply to Israelis and Palestinians alike, or is there a double standard here as well?

Rift between Israel and the United States: Flotilla incident didn't help
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Walter Rodgers - June 10, 2010 - 12:00am

It is difficult to recall a time when relations between a sitting US president and the Jewish state of Israel have been uglier. The embarrassing and deadly raid by not-so-crack Israeli commandos on Gaza-bound relief ships May 31 only further demonstrates how badly the American president is constrained because of his earlier jagged ties with the government of Israel and with angry, right-wing American Jews. The Obama administration was painfully aware of just how abysmal relations with Israel had become even before the confrontation at sea.

Why Israel ignores global criticism of Gaza flotilla raid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Joshua Mitnick - June 10, 2010 - 12:00am

Five decades ago, while debating an offensive against Gaza militants, Israel's founding prime minister, David Ben Gurion, is said to have discounted United Nations intervention with a now famous Hebrew quip: "oom shmoom." Rough translation: "UN is nothing." In the face of an international uproar over the May 31 Israeli commando raid of a Gaza aid flotilla that left nine Turks dead, a similar disdain for the global community has resurfaced here.

Israel eases Gaza embargo on food, other goods
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Edmund Sanders - June 10, 2010 - 12:00am

Let them eat cake — well, at least cookies, potato chips and jam. That's how many here viewed Israel's relaxation of border restrictions to permit a variety of new items into Gaza Strip. The list, announced Wednesday, includes soda, juice, jam, shaving cream, potato chips, cookies, candy and a variety of herbs, including coriander. Israel's move impressed almost no one in this impoverished seaside territory. Some accused Israel of tossing them a few scraps to score points with the outside world.

Obama calls for new approach on Gaza blockade
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Michael D. Shear - June 10, 2010 - 12:00am

President Obama called Wednesday for a "new conceptual framework" to replace Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, saying he thinks the effort should be narrowed to focus only on arms shipments. Obama said a new blockade could target the weapons that Israel says are being used against its citizens, "rather than focusing in a blanket way on stopping everything and then, in a piecemeal way, allowing things into Gaza."

Israel Without Clichés
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Tony Judt - (Opinion) June 10, 2010 - 12:00am

The Israeli raid on the Free Gaza flotilla has generated an outpouring of clichés from the usual suspects. It is almost impossible to discuss the Middle East without resorting to tired accusations and ritual defenses: perhaps a little house cleaning is in order. No. 1: Israel is being/should be delegitimized

Obama Pledges New Aid to Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Helene Cooper, Isabel Kershner - June 10, 2010 - 12:00am

President Obama urged the Israeli government to loosen its blockade of Gaza on Wednesday, as the United States continued to scramble to find a way out of the stalemate in the Middle East and address the outcry over Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last week.

President Obama to Mahmoud Abbas: Engage in talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Politico
by Kendra Marr, Laura Rozen - June 10, 2010 - 12:00am

Ten days after an Israeli operation to intercept a Gaza aid flotilla left nine dead and sparked international outrage, President Barack Obama met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House Wednesday and encouraged him to engage in direct talks with Israel.

Charlie Rose Interview With President Abbas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from PBS - Charlie Rose
(Interview) June 10, 2010 - 12:00am

Transcript of June 9, 2010 Abbas Interview with Charlie Rose on PBS below: Charlie Rose: You met with the president. What came out of that meet something did you get what you wanted? And what did he want from you?

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