Official: Netanyahu fears third intifada
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Attila Somfalvi - June 16, 2011 - 12:00am

Jerusalem officials told Ynet Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fears a third intifada this summer ahead of a planned Palestinian declaration of statehood in September. "Netanyahu fears he will not be able to stop (what will happen in) September," a top official told Ynet. "The prime minister is making an effort to convince European states that if riots begin after the declaration of statehood responsibility will not fall on Israel."

Gaza - ethnic cleansing by stealth
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Michael Jansen - (Opinion) June 16, 2011 - 12:00am

It is hardly surprising that the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) should mark the fifth anniversary of Israel’s illegal siege and blockade of Gaza by issuing a report critical of Israel. But it is highly unlikely that the international community, led by the US, will press Israel to lift its punitive blockade or take any steps to relieve Gaza.

Hamas peacemaker's new softer stance treads a risky path
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Hugh Naylor - June 16, 2011 - 12:00am

Khaled Meshaal, the Damascus-based Hamas leader, has been praised for his role in the recent reconciliation process with the rival Palestinian group Fatah. Mediators involved in the agreement credit him for checking the Islamist group's hard-line impulses and pushing a policy of pragmatism. But his calibrated gamble to soften the Islamists' image could backfire, Palestinian analysts say, if his efforts fail to unify Palestinians or gain international acknowledgment.

Saudis throw down the gauntlet
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by George S. Hishmeh - (Opinion) June 16, 2011 - 12:00am

Saudi Arabia has apparently thrown down the gauntlet in its loud tiff with the Obama administration's "misguided policies" toward the Middle East and particularly its stance on the Palestinian issue, now in its 64th year, on which President Barack Obama recently reiterated the "unshakeable" US support of Israel.

2 hit by live fire critical after Ramallah-area protest
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 15, 2011 - 12:00am

Seven Palestinians were injured, including two critically, Wednesday after an anti-wall protest was quashed, sparking anger in the village of Deir Qaddis, west of Ramallah. A rally headed from the village to obstruct Israeli bulldozers digging up private lands for the construction of the separation wall, a Ma'an correspondent reported. Israeli forces were heavily deployed in the area and tried to disperse the demonstrators, beating them with clubs and rifle butts.

Spain wants Mideast talks to resume this year
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 16, 2011 - 12:00am

Spain supports a two-state solution and wants the Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace talks this year, the country's foreign ministry said Wednesday. Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez met with her Palestinian counterpart Riyad Al-Malki on Wednesday, during an official visit which ends on Friday. Jimenez "reiterated Spain's support in favor of a two-state the only path to a global and long-standing peace in the Middle East," a statement said.

Top pro-Israel figures dismiss claim that Obama is bullying Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Greg Sargent - (Blog) June 15, 2011 - 12:00am

It’s the latest chapter in the right’s Obama-hates-Israel storyline: A top Obama adviser allegedly told Jewish leaders on a private conference call that the administration is pressuring Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians in a manner that’s at odds with Obama’s public position on the conflict. But I’ve now spoken to two major figures in the Jewish community who were on the call — both of whom are widely regarded to have impeccable pro-Israel credentials — and they tell me that the claim is false.

Banning an artist to keep the ambassador happy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
(Opinion) June 15, 2011 - 12:00am

In an art exhibit held the Arab World Institute in Paris, the then Iraqi ambassador to France Abdul-Razzak al-Hashimi was seen shaking with rage outside of the gallery and angrily proclaiming that one of the exhibits within the gallery insulted the well-loved President Saddam Hussein. Al-Hashimi was talking about a cartoon by famous Arab cartoonist Ali Farzat which depicts a huge army general pouring military decoration into an empty plate being held by a poor and starving man. Al-Hashimi screamed that he would not move until this cartoon was removed from the art exhibit.

10 days, 10 months
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Brian Schaefer - (Opinion) June 16, 2011 - 12:00am

With June comes stifling summer heat and the French. Perhaps even more visible, or audible, is the endless stream of tour buses out of which tumble thousands of young Americans on whirlwind tours of the country. They’re loud, excited, and wielding cameras like weapons. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Taglit-Birthright season in Israel.

Settler arrested for killing Palestinian
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 16, 2011 - 12:00am

Israeli forces on Wednesday arrested an Israeli settler for the murder of a Palestinian man near Nablus nearly five months ago, Israel's daily news site Ynet reported. According to the report, Israeli police arrested a man residing in Jerusalem, who admitted to shooting an Iraq Burin shepherd, but claimed he did so in self-defense after stones were thrown. Video footage captured from a nearby military base shows an altercation between the settler and two villagers, although the footage was shot from a distance, the site reported.

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