Pres. Gul of Turkey says Israeli-Palestinian peace will determine the outcome of changes in the Middle East political landscape. Speculation grows as to whether PM Netanyahu or Pres. Obama will be the first to introduce new peace ideas. The new PA development plan looks beyond independence towards building the new state. A new outpost is founded by settlers and immediately dismantled by occupation forces. Israeli tanks enter an industrial zone in Gaza. Sec. Clinton says there is an urgent need to return to negotiations, and Jordan’s King says an EU role is vital. Pres. Abbas reaffirms his opposition to another armed intifada, and PM Fayyad supports nonviolent protests. Ari Shavit says Israel is facing a last chance to make peace and establish its right to exist. Abbas seeks “advice” from France about Palestinian statehood. Gideon Levy says Netanyahu must explain his vision for the future. The family of a captured Israeli soldier accuses Netanyahu of exploiting them. Former Amb. Indyk says the UN may vote to recognize Palestine in September. Larry Derfner says the murder of settlers is unacceptable, but doesn’t justify building more settlements. The US tax-exempt status of the Jewish National Fund is being legally challenged because of its discrimination against non-Jews. JJ Goldberg says Israel is refusing to take yes for an answer from the Palestinians on peace. Daoud Kuttab asks when Palestinians will form new political parties. Basem Ezbidi says both Fatah and Hamas are exploiting the election issue for political purposes.

Zvi Shalit: Netanyahu uses us for PR
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ahiya Raved - April 21, 2011 - 12:00am

Zvi Shalit, grandfather of captive soldier Gilad Shalit, has expressed protest over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's publicized meeting with the soldier's parents. "You, Mr, Netanyahu are using my son and daughter-in-law with cruel cynicism to convey a sense of action when in fact nothing has been done to save my grandson," he wrote in a letter to Netanyahu.

We have the right to know where Israel is going
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gideon Levy - (Opinion) April 21, 2011 - 12:00am

A word of warning: This article is being written without the slightest cynicism; this call on Benjamin Netanyahu is being written with due sincerity and seriousness. And I'm begging him to tell us and the world what he wants and where he is heading.

Indyk: UN likely to vote in favor of Palestinian state
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
April 21, 2011 - 12:00am

Martin Indyk, former US ambassador to Israel and adviser to US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, said Thursday that if no changes are made between now and September, the UN will declare a Palestinian state. "Unless the US, Israel and the Palestinians have an alternative, the Palestinian plan can not be won," Indyk told Army Radio. "If there isn't anything else, then in September there will be a vote in the UN that will recognize a Palestinian state, just like the UN recognized Israel in 1948."

Rattling the Cage: Kids are innocent, settlements aren’t
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Larry Derfner - (Opinion) April 20, 2011 - 12:00am

When settlers are suspected of murdering Palestinians, do the IDF, Shin Bet and police trash their settlements and beat up their neighbors until someone confesses, which is what just happened in the village next to Itamar?

Abbas seeks 'advice' from France on declaring Palestinian statehood
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Danna Harman - April 20, 2011 - 12:00am

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas will travel to Paris on Thursday seeking support for the expected declaration of statehood this September. "We are friends, so he can be sincere with us and to talk to us openly," Abbas said to the AFP last week, talking about French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who he is expected to meet in the afternoon. Abbas said he was planning to ask Sarkozy for “advice,” on the best approach to seeking recognition for an independent Palestinian state.

JNF Challenged on Discrimination
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Forward
by Josh Nathan-Kazis - April 20, 2011 - 12:00am

A challenge to the tax-exempt status of Jewish National Fund’s American arm introduces a new wrinkle into an ongoing debate over how the Internal Revenue Service should treat charities whose foreign operations run counter to public policy of the United States. A coalition of anti-Zionist groups has claimed in its challenge that JNF ethnically discriminates by refusing to sell or lease its land in Israel to non-Jews.

One last chance for Israel to reaffirm its right to exist
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Ari Shavit - (Opinion) April 21, 2011 - 12:00am

Just like the Palestinians, we never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Time after time, we reject the complex diplomatic proposal that has been placed on the table. Time after time, the next proposal is more difficult than its predecessor. Although time is against us, we recklessly refuse to realize this. We refuse today what we will ask for tomorrow and what will cause us regret the day after tomorrow.

Palestinian PM supports non violence in struggle against Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
April 20, 2011 - 12:00am

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Wednesday voiced his support for non-violent resistance against Israel. "The great power of our non-violence program gets us closer to the moment of freedom," Fayyad said during a conference to promote peaceful struggle in the West Bank village of Bilin. He reiterated that the non-violent struggle has become part of the Palestinian National Authority's plans to establish an independent state alongside Israel.

As the Palestinians Pursue Statehood, Israel Won’t Take ‘Yes’ for an Answer
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Forward
by J.J. Goldberg - (Analysis) April 20, 2011 - 12:00am

This is a bit complicated, but it’s very important, so try and keep up. We’ll take questions afterward.

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