April 29th

Peres to Meet Obama Next Week
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
April 29, 2009 - 12:00am

Israeli President Shimon Peres will visit the United States next week where he will meet President Barack Obama in the first high-level meeting between the two allies since the new US administration took office. Peres will leave this weekend for Washington to represent Israel at the annual conference of the pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), his office said in a statement. “During his stay in Washington, Peres will hold talks with US President Barack Obama,” it said, without providing a date.

Middle East peace requires joint effort
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
April 28, 2009 - 12:00am

In order to find a just and lasting peace and end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is crucial that all concerned parties become engaged in the process. It is vital that the major powers, and the United States in particular, take on and continue to support a dialogue for peace between the two sides.

Palestinian rivals deadlocked on power-sharing
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
April 28, 2009 - 12:00am

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah ended a fourth round of power-sharing talks without a deal Tuesday, but are to meet again on May 16, negotiators said. The key stumbling block remains the political program of a Palestinian unity government that would be in power until elections are held in January 2010. Prospects of a breakthrough in the next round are slim. The international community said it will only deal with a Palestinian government that recognizes Israel, a concession the Islamic militant Hamas is unwilling to make.

Barak: Israel can and must make peace within three years
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gidi Weitz - April 28, 2009 - 12:00am

"I am certain it is possible and certainly necessary to act with all our might to achieve peace even before I turn 70, which will be in three years," said Defense Minister Ehud Barak in his first extensive interview since joining the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu: Israel to do all in its power to bring Shalit home
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
April 29, 2009 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed on Wednesday the state's commitment to the parents of captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit to do all in its power to win the corporal's release. "Every combat soldier knows that we will use all our capabilities in order to bring him back home safe and sound," Netanyahu said before a special Independence Day ceremony to honor outstanding soldiers in the President's Residence.

World Bank finds Israel’s water policy hard to swallow
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Stephen Glain - April 28, 2009 - 12:00am

As a former, and by many accounts successful, finance minister, Benjamin Netanyahu presumably knows his way around economics. So when the Israeli prime minister says he will work to provide the Palestinians with economic, if not political, independence, might that not suggest his hard-line government understands that a prosperous Palestine would be an important first step towards a more stable Middle East?

Former PA official sentenced to seven years for embezzlement
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
April 28, 2009 - 12:00am

Palestinian Authority court in Ramallah sentenced a former deputy undersecretary of the Interior Ministry to seven years in prison on Tuesday. In addition to the former undersecretary, Muhammad Abdul-Latif Abu Hajja, the court also convicted his wife, Samira Arif Turkiyya, and son, Ayman, to seven years imprisonment and penal servitude, along with a fine of 375,000 US dollars.

April 28th

Fatah is turning into a footnote
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Ben White - (Opinion) April 28, 2009 - 12:00am

The future of Fatah is up in the air. Internal divisions and a confused political programme – problems that arguably date back decades – have led this historic Palestinian party to a moment of truth. It is no exaggeration to say that the crisis is of sufficient proportions that Fatah's continued existence as a political force to be reckoned with is under threat.

Israel building 60 new homes for Orthodox Jews in Occupied Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
April 28, 2009 - 12:00am

Israel has begun construction on some 60 new housing units in Jewish settlements in Occupied East Jerusalem, anti-settlement Peace Now group said Monday. "The works aim to build 60 housing units for Orthodox religious Jewish families right next to the Palestinian neighborhood of Arab al-Sawahra," Peace Now spokeswoman Hagit Ofran told AFP. "The works began two months ago as part of development of East Talpiot," one of a dozen Jewish settlements that Israel has built in Occupied East Jerusalem since capturing that part of the city in 1967, she said.

Assad redraws line land for peace with Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
April 28, 2009 - 12:00am

Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Monday there could be no progress towards peace with Israel unless the Jewish state recognised the right of Damascus to get back the Golan Heights. Assad reasserted the bedrock Syrian condition for an end to decades of conflict a day after Israel’s new ultranationalist foreign minister said it would talk peace with Syria only if it stopped demanding an Israeli commitment to return the Golan.

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