Obama’s path paves the way for a secure Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Stuart E. Eizenstat - (Opinion) June 12, 2011 - 12:00am

A strong secure Jewish state of Israel, supported by the United States as a close ally, has been a central feature of my public and private careers.

The settler hoax has defeated realistic Zionism
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Avirama Golan - (Opinion) June 22, 2011 - 12:00am

The results of a telephone survey on the Jordan Valley among 500 Hebrew-speaking Israelis were quietly released recently. The survey revealed that more than anything, Israelis prefer discussing their cottage cheese, or their cottage, if they have one, than to be bothered too much by reality. That's how they can easily be sold any pseudo-political fantasy and can be marketed a desire that is cut off from all context - practical or moral.

Protest organizer jailed by Israeli court for year
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 19, 2011 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The Ofer Israeli military court sentenced popular protest coordinator Naji At-Tamimi to one year of imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 shekels ($2,914), his colleagues said. Naji and Basem At-Tamimi were taken by Israeli forces from their homes in April and held without charge. Naji was charged with inciting and participating in rallies and organizing demonstrations against Israeli land confiscation and settlement building. Israel has declared such demonstrations illegal.

Europe, Palestine expects more from you
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Rami Khouri - (Opinion) June 22, 2011 - 12:00am

After spending a few days this week in European cities with American and European diplomats and experts on Middle Eastern issues, I sense that the confusion and convolution levels among Western powers vis-à-vis Arab-Israeli issues is at an all-time high. To reverse the “threat level” analysis that Western powers use to describe the dangers they face from Middle Eastern or Asian-based terrorists, the Arab world right now faces an “extremely high” threat level of being at the receiving end of some really irrelevant and even dangerous American and European diplomacy.

Netanyahu must ditch his madly right-leaning coalition
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Aluf Benn - (Opinion) June 22, 2011 - 12:00am

You may love or hate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but there is no arguing with his success. Since he returned to power, Israel has enjoyed security calm, economic growth and political stability of a sort not seen for the last generation. The people prefer Netanyahu's diplomatic standstill and security restraint to the policy of his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, which combined diplomatic daring with military adventurism. Israelis are in love with the status quo and do not want to be disturbed by peace initiatives or wars. Netanyahu's passivity suits them just fine.

A Palestinian deal cannot be won if Abbas keeps crying wolf
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Tony Karon - (Opinion) June 22, 2011 - 12:00am

Perhaps, as a youth, President Mahmoud Abbas was never told the parable of the boy who cried wolf. I suggest this because the Palestinian Authority leader has with such monotonous regularity brandished the threat to quit his job that he appears to believe it is a vital weapon in the Palestinian diplomatic arsenal.

The danger of Netanyahu's new settlement policy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) June 22, 2011 - 12:00am

A few days after he revealed his opinion that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict does not stem from a territorial dispute, and is therefore insoluble, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to implement a horrific idea necessitated by his worldview. He decided to accelerate the race to occupy additional territories in the disputed areas by thinning out the means of supervision of the settlement project authorities.

Fayyad: I will not obstruct unity deal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 22, 2011 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Prime Minister in Ramallah Salam Fayyad assured Tuesday evening that he "can't and won't be an obstacle to Palestinian reconciliation." Following speculation he would publicly refuse the post of prime minister in the new transitional unity government being negotiated by Hamas and Fatah, his words fell short of the declaration, saying "I shall support to the best of my abilities any candidate Palestinian parties agree upon."

Israel to Allow Building Cargo to Enter Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Ethan Bronner - June 21, 2011 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said Tuesday that it had agreed to allow a United Nations agency to bring building materials for 1,200 new housing units and 18 new schools into Gaza, one of the largest construction projects in the Palestinian coastal strip in years. An Israeli military spokesman said the project came in addition to 130 others, including 14 schools, approved for construction by various agencies in Gaza.

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