Israeli defense minister mulls unity government
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 25, 2010 - 1:00am

Israel's Labor Party chairman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday suggested that the current Israeli government should be widened so as to move forward the peace process. "If this government can't move towards peace talks, we must consider widening it and making a national unity coalition," Barak said in a speech before the Pensioners' Union in Tel Aviv. "We joined the government so it would go in this direction, but we still haven't reached the goal," he added.

U.S. efforts to restart Mideast peace process stumbling
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Adam Gonn - November 26, 2010 - 1:00am

Two months after the direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations broke down, effort by the U. S. to restart them seems stumbling. When Israel's 10-month freeze on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank ended in September, so did the U.S.-sponsored peace talks between the two parties. The Palestinians insist that the negotiations can only be continued after settlement construction halts.

Gaza boy used as human shield: I'll always remember
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
by Jared Malsin - November 23, 2010 - 1:00am

Majid Rabah, 11, says he will always remember the "black day" that Israeli soldiers ordered him to open bags they thought were rigged with explosives. "Every moment I remember what happened," he said in his home in Gaza City's Tel Al-Hawwa neighborhood Tuesday. An Israeli military court gave a suspended sentence and a demotion Sunday to the two soldiers who used Majid as a human shield, in a ruling he and his family said did not do justice to the trauma.

Islamist group angered over PA 'discrimination'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 26, 2010 - 1:00am

Officials from the Islamist movement Hizb Ut-Tahrir (Liberation Party) in the West Bank accused the Palestinian Authority of carrying out politically-motivated arrests targeting members, a statement said Friday. PA assertions that security forces do not target Islamist parties are untrue, the statement said, adding that claims of non-bias by the Fatah-run government "are falsified by the realities on the ground."

Israeli forces re-take Nablus during op
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 26, 2010 - 1:00am

Following an official hand over of military control to Palestinian Authority Security forces one week earlier, Israeli military vehicles were reported moving near the former government compound toward Joseph's Tomb. Informed Palestinian security sources said the Israeli military had informed the appropriate officials ahead of what was described as a "security activity" in the eastern sector of Nablus, in the region of the Balata refugee camp mid-morning on Friday.

GAZA STRIP: Italian minister calls for Israel to relax border restrictions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Rushdi Abu Alouf - November 24, 2010 - 1:00am

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini toured the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and called on Israel to facilitate more movement of goods and people between the seaside enclave and the West Bank. During a visit to a U.N. school in northern Gaza Strip, Frattini said Israel must do more to open the crossings. "It is true that there have been improvements on the situation, but this is not enough." The Italian minister arrived after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and a number of Palestinian officials, as well as leaders of Israel.

WEST BANK: Israel bulldozes Fayyad’s Freedom Road
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Maher Abukhater - November 25, 2010 - 1:00am

On Sept. 1, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad celebrated with the residents of Qarawat Bani Hassan the inauguration of a mile-long road linking the small West Bank village to a spring its residents consider the lifeline of the community. It was called Freedom Road. While Fayyad was on a trip to Japan this week, hoping to get more funding for his two-year “Palestine: Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State” program, of which building that road was one project, Israel on Wednesday destroyed the road, which is located in Area C of the West Bank.

Western Wall Feud Heightens Israeli-Palestinian Tensions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - November 25, 2010 - 1:00am

The prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Thursday strongly denounced a Palestinian Authority paper that denies any Jewish connection to the Western Wall, the iconic holy site and place of Jewish worship in the Old City of Jerusalem, describing the report as “reprehensible and scandalous.” The episode appeared to signal a worsening atmosphere after a two-month hiatus in peace talks.

G.O.P. and Tea Party Are Mixed Blessing for Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Mark Landler - November 25, 2010 - 1:00am

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel came to the United States recently for another round of tense talks with the Obama administration, he got a decidedly warmer welcome from one of the rising Republican stars on Capitol Hill, Representative Eric Cantor, the incoming majority leader of the House. But while Mr. Cantor and other newly empowered Republicans are eager to promote themselves as Israel’s staunchest defenders in Washington, the reconfigured American political landscape is a more complex and unpredictable backdrop for Middle East peacemaking.

Colony freeze a must for peace
Media Mention of ATFP In Gulf News - January 19, 2011 - 1:00am

Hillary Rodham Clinton was quick to rebuke Israel for its demolition of part of the historic Shepherd Hotel in occupied Arab East Jerusalem where Jewish colonists are hoping to build 20 housing units.

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