Hamas has taken over the Palestinian nationalist movement
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Aluf Benn - April 28, 2011 - 12:00am

The Palestinian reconciliation deal, if realized, heralds the takeover of the Palestinian national movement by Hamas, providing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with an escape from the rut he has fallen into because of the deadlock in the peace process. This is just what Netanyahu needed to unite the Israeli public behind him and thwart international pressure to withdraw from the West Bank.

Israel wary of change in security arrangements with PA
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Hanan Greenberg - April 28, 2011 - 12:00am

The Palestinian factions' reconciliations has Israel concerned for many reasons, but one of the major ones is the now-questionable continuation of the collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian security forces in the West Bank. "The work vis-à-vis Palestinian security forces is very effective, and serves both parties well," military sources told Ynet Thursday. "Any change to this delicate relationship would lead to a significant change in the West Bank and will mandate the IDF change its deployment in the area."

President's office dismisses Netanyahu warning
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Adnkronosinternational
April 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said Wednesday that an agreement between Fatah and Hamas “is an internal affair that has nothing to do with Israel, which is not a party to it.” "The agreement strengthens Palestinian unity and its just struggle to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital," he said in response to remarks by the Israeli prime minister in Jerusalem. Benjamin Netanyahu had demanded that President Abbas "choose between peace with Israel or peace with Hamas," saying such an agreement paved the way for Hamas to take control of the West Bank too.

13 settlers arrested on way to Joseph's Tomb
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Yair Altman - April 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Attempts to enter Joseph's Tomb continue despite the death of Ben-Yosef Livnat. Some 40 members of the Hilltop Youth entered the Balata refugee camp in Nablus via agricultural Palestinian land after bypassing police and army checkpoints. Nightly Infiltrations The IDF fired lighting bombs and launched a search with police assistance. Thus far, at least 13 settlers have been detained.

Fatah, Hamas in unity govt 'understanding'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
April 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah reached an "understanding" in Cairo on Wednesday to set up a transitional unity government and hold elections, Hamas and Fatah sources said. Hamas leader Izzat Ar-Rishiq confirmed the initial agreement. Ar-Rishiq said Cairo will call all factions to sign the final reconciliation within the week with the presence of Mahmoud Abbas and Khalid Mash'al.

US lawmakers say Hamas-Fatah unity gov't threatens aid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
April 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Lawmakers in the US responded overnight Wednesday to news that Hamas and Fatah have formed a unity government by threatening to withhold aid to Gaza. US Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), the top Democrat serving on the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, released a statement saying that the deal, which does not require Hamas to recognize Israel, "is a recipe for failure, mixed with violence, leading to disaster." "It is a ghastly mistake that I fear will be paid for in the lives of innocent Israelis," Ackerman said.

Palestinians launch their revolution
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Jackson Diehl - (Opinion) April 27, 2011 - 12:00am

It’s not yet certain that a political deal announced Wednesday by the long-divided Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions will stick--similar pacts have been proclaimed and then discarded several times in the last four years. But one thing is sure: If Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas moves forward with the reconciliation with the Islamic Hamas movement, it will mean he has written off the Obama administration and the peace process it has tried to broker, once and for all.

Reconciliation Deal by Rival Factions Forces U.S. to Reconsider Aid to Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Steven Lee Myers - April 27, 2011 - 12:00am

The announced reconciliation on Wednesday between Fatah and Hamas, the estranged Palestinian movements, puts the Obama administration in the uncomfortable position of having to reconsider its financial support for the Palestinian Authority, including millions of dollars the United States has spent to train and equip Palestinian security forces, officials and members of Congress said.

Rattling the Cage: Beware of flying Arabs!
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Larry Derfner - (Opinion) April 27, 2011 - 12:00am

Do you know that Israeli Arabs are getting on crowded buses every day, sitting among Jews, and no one is checking to see if they’re terrorists? Hundreds of thousands of Israeli Arabs are riding these mixed buses every day, many of them carrying bags and wearing coats, and nobody’s checking their ID, making them go through a metal detector or asking them a single question. If this isn’t an existential threat, I don’t know what is.

Fatah and Hamas Announce Outline of Deal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Ethan Bronner, Isabel Kershner - April 27, 2011 - 12:00am

The two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, announced Wednesday that they were putting aside years of bitter rivalry to create an interim unity government and hold elections within a year, a surprise move that promised to reshape the diplomatic landscape of the Middle East. "It is time for the Palestinian people to reject the corrupt and useless leaders who have used violence and strife to insure their positions. It is also time for Israel to reject the extreme factions of their government."

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