Quartet, EU back Obama plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
May 23, 2011 - 12:00am

Members of the Middle East Quartet and the EU's foreign policy chief came out in full support of statements made by US President Barack Obama this week, urging Israel and Palestine back into direct talks. The Quartet members, including the US, EU, UN and Russia, issued a statement saying all were "in full agreement about the urgent need to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians." The body "expressed its strong support" for the vision laid out by Obama.

Obama's bold move on 1967 borders for Israeli-Palestinian talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
(Editorial) May 20, 2011 - 12:00am

It takes uncommon grit for a US president to tell Israelis and Palestinians how to solve their differences rather than merely mediate between them. But in his speech Thursday, President Obama started down that risky path. He spelled out a few starting points for a peace deal, such as land borders and a nonmilitarized Palestine.

Obama's AIPAC comments can't conceal mutual mistrust, say Israeli analysts
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Joshua Mitnick - May 22, 2011 - 12:00am

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday sought to tone down a fresh crisis after the two clashed in public at the White House two days earlier over Mr. Obama's call for a border between Israel and a Palestinian state to be based on the 1967 line demarcating the West Bank.

Netanyahu pushes back on Obama's peace plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Christi Parsons, Paul Richter, Edmund Sanders - May 21, 2011 - 12:00am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly lectured President Obama on the shortcomings of his plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during a tense Oval Office appearance that laid bare the strained relations between the leaders. Admonishing a president of the United States on international television, Netanyahu rejected the plan outlined by Obama that would use the borders in effect before the 1967 Middle East War as the starting point for negotiations, saying that doing so would risk Israel's security and force it to negotiate with "a Palestinian version of Al Qaeda."

Netanyahu aides play down differences with Obama
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Joel Greenberg - May 22, 2011 - 12:00am

After a bruising confrontation with President Obama over his call for a peace deal based on Israel’s 1967 boundaries, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his aides are playing down the dispute, calling reports of a crisis overblown. Their comments came as Obama gave a reassuring speech to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC on Sunday, and Israeli commentators noted that the boundaries in question have long been considered the baseline for any future agreement with the Palestinians.

Obama Draws the Line
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Roger Cohen - (Opinion) May 20, 2011 - 12:00am

On the eve of an election year, with Jewish donors and fund-raisers already restive over his approach to Israel, President Obama made a brave speech telling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “the dream of a Jewish and democratic state cannot be fulfilled with permanent occupation” and urging him to accept Israeli borders at or close to the 1967 lines.

Palestinian Sees Prospects of Deal Receding
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - May 20, 2011 - 12:00am

After President Obama’s high-profile speech on Thursday in which he laid out broad principles for reaching an Israeli-Palestinian deal, the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, called an emergency meeting at his headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank. He advised his associates not to comment on the speech, according to a senior Palestinian official who attended the meeting, but to wait instead for Mr. Obama’s meeting with the prime minister of Israel in the White House “and see if there are any positive signs.”

Obama Presses Israel to Make ‘Hard Choices’
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Helene Cooper - May 22, 2011 - 12:00am

President Obama struck back at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group on Sunday, defending his stance that talks over a Palestinian state should be focused on Israel’s pre-1967 borders, along with negotiated land swaps, and challenging Israel to “make the hard choices” necessary to bring about a stable peace.

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