Encountering Peace: Partner or pariah?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gershon Baskin - May 25, 2009 - 12:00am

There is no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict other than "two states for two peoples." Any other proposal guarantees the continuation of the conflict and the end of the Zionist enterprise, the State of Israel.

Ya'alon: 'Palestinian entity cannot be formed'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gil Hoffman - May 26, 2009 - 12:00am

Vice Premier Moshe Ya'alon, who is very close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, ruled out the creation of any "Palestinian entity" at a conference at the Knesset on Tuesday entitled "Alternatives to the Two-State Outlook."

Police evacuate 2 huts, tent in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Erfat Weiss - May 27, 2009 - 12:00am

Evacuation continues, bit by bit: Police and Civil Administration forces destroyed two hits on Hill 18 (Mitzpe Avihai), near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, on Tuesday night. Six teenagers were present at the place at the time of the operation, but no unusual incidents were recorded.

Welcome to Realistan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Aluf Benn - May 27, 2009 - 12:00am

President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo will give voice to a turning point in U.S. foreign policy - not because of what he is expected to say about the peace process, but because of the change in direction. He aims to maintain order and stability, not educate the world and spread liberty and democracy. The choice of the stage is no coincidence: Obama will express support for President Hosni Mubarak's regime and tell the world that he has buried the doctrine of former president George W. Bush, who wanted to transform the Arab states into democracies.

Peres: 'Jordan is Palestine' plan is baseless hallucination
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yuval Azoulay - May 27, 2009 - 12:00am

President Shimon Peres on Wednesday criticized a rightist lawmaker's suggestion that Jordan should serve as the Palestinian state. National Union MK Aryeh Eldad's proposal that Jordan take responsibility for the Palestinians' welfare is a "baseless hallucination," the president told Israel Radio. Peres said Eldad had flagrantly intervened in Jordan's internal affairs and that his suggestion was a provocation that was made merely for the sake of arousing a commotion.

Settler youth clash with leftists after trying to rebuild outpost
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
May 27, 2009 - 12:00am

Border Police officers on Wednesday were forced to dismantle for the second time in less than 24 hours an illegal West Bank outpost. Settler youth had tried in the afternoon to rebuild structures in the Givat 18 outpost near Kiryat Arba, one of two settlement outposts razed overnight. After the troops left, a quarrel broke out between the youth and Palestinian and left-wing Israeli activists. There were no casualties reported.

'US against all W. Bank building, including for natural growth'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
May 27, 2009 - 12:00am

Despite remarks made by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in which the premier emphasized his position that settlements should expand to provide for natural growth, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that the United States was opposed to any construction in the West Bank. "The president [Barack Obama] was very clear when Netanyahu was here - not settlements, not outposts, not natural growth expansion," she told reporters at the White House.

Hamas's Rationalism!
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Tariq Alhomayed - May 26, 2009 - 12:00am

After meeting Hamas chief Khalid Mishal in Damascus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that he noticed that the movement is taking "a more realistic evaluation of the situation" while also confirming the need to maintain the current calm in Gaza. In other words the Russian Minister hopes that Hamas will continue not to fire rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip, establishing a clam that has not been witnessed in Gaza for a long time. Was there anything in the Russian official's statement to cause surprise?

Excuses from Israel grow ever more tiresome
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
May 26, 2009 - 12:00am

Benjamin Netanyahu waited until he returned to Israel to tell the truth. Free from the strictures of Washington, the Israeli prime minister has let the world know how intransigent his government intends to be in the peace process. We are told that there will be no halt to the construction of settlements. In fact, there appears to be little inclination on the part of the Israeli leadership for any progress on the peace process.

Rival Livni is vital to Netanyahu, say analysts
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Jonathan Cook - May 26, 2009 - 12:00am

Pressure is mounting on Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, to bring the opposition leader Tzipi Livni into the government after last week’s difficult meeting with the US president, according to senior analysts. Yaron Ezrahi, a political science professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said Mr Netanyahu now understood that he faced a stark choice between clashing with the White House and ditching the far-right parties in his coalition.

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