Netanyahu, listen to Obama
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) May 6, 2009 - 12:00am

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares for his meeting in Washington with U.S. President Barack Obama, the White House is sending tough messages to Israel about its expectations. In his speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said this was a moment of truth for Israel. The United States is committed to the principle of two states for two peoples, he said, and this is the only solution, so all the parties must meet their obligations, no matter how difficult.

Biden: Israel must back two states
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Hilary Leila Krieger - May 5, 2009 - 12:00am

US Vice President Joseph Biden said Tuesday that Israel must accept a two-state solution with the Palestinians, urging Jerusalem to stop settlement growth. "Israel has to work toward a two-state solution," Biden told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual conference. "You're not going to like my saying this, but not build more settlements, dismantle existing outposts and allow the Palestinians freedom of movement."

PA fears for Jerusalem's Silwan residents
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - May 6, 2009 - 12:00am

The Palestinian Authority is concerned that dozens of families from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan may be evicted from their homes in the near future. Concerns arose following the Justice Ministry's demand to stop the process of issuing building permits in the area, under the claim that the families do not own the land they live on. The issue was raised about two weeks ago, during a Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee hearing aimed at settling a dispute over a Silwan resident's building permits.

Lieberman: 'Peace industry' nothing but a waste of money
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - May 6, 2009 - 12:00am

On his first trip to Europe since entering office, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman continues to lay out his diplomatic philosophy, arguing that a break from Israel's past policies is necessary to stabilize the region. "Nothing has come from this whole 'peace industry' except for conferences in five-star hotels and a waste of money," Lieberman told his Italian counterpart, Franco Frattini, during their meeting in Rome on Monday. Lieberman told Frattini that between five and seven years are needed to reach a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Israeli foreign minister w

'Arabs revising peace plan to win Israel backing for 2 states'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yoav Stern - May 6, 2009 - 12:00am

Arab states are revising elements of a 2002 peace plan to encourage Israel to agree to the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state, the London-based paper Al-Quds al-Arabi reported Wednesday. The countries are making the amendments at United States President Barack Obama's request, the paper said. Some of the changes deal with a controversial "right of return" for Palestinian refugees to Israel or a future state of Palestine.

A moment of reckoning in the Mideast
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Rami Khouri - (Opinion) May 6, 2009 - 12:00am

The US-Israeli relationship today is like a bunch of oranges, apples and bananas thrown into a blender to make a fruit smoothie. Action is the name of the game, but outcomes are not clear.

UN will seek damages from Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by James Reinl - May 6, 2009 - 12:00am

In the wake of a UN report that blasts Israel for damaging UN buildings and killing staff during its three-week invasion of Gaza, the secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, said yesterday he will seek reparations. Speaking with journalists following the publication of a report by the UN’s Board of Inquiry, Mr Ban held back from criticising Israel, but said the world body was seeking cash compensation for damage sustained.

Obama outreach to Muslims worries Israelis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
May 4, 2009 - 12:00am

A solid majority of Jewish Israelis worry that President Barack Obama's outreach to the Arab and Muslim world will come at their expense, a new poll showed Monday. Israelis also strongly back stopping Iran's nuclear program, even if Israel has to attack Iran without American approval, according to the survey.

Obama and Netanyahu administrations listen to each other at AIPAC
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ron Kampeas - (Analysis) May 5, 2009 - 12:00am

“This relationship matters to me,” one partner says. “Show me,” says the other. Such conversations, as any couple can attest, usually don't augur the happiest of chats. If this year’s AIPAC policy conference stopped well short of a full-blown spat between the pro-Israel lobby and the Obama administration, it was because each side was listening to the other: Obama officials listened to Israeli fears about the Iranian nuclear threat, and AIPAC and Israel's prime minister listened to the U.S. administration’s insistence on the inevitability of Palestinian statehood.

At Aipac Conference, Biden Calls for Settlement Freeze
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
May 5, 2009 - 12:00am

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. John Kerry pledged to confront Iran and protect Israel, but called on the Jewish state to freeze settlements. In their addresses Tuesday on the closing day of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference, both said President Obama was committed to removing Iran’s nuclear threat. Biden said Israel, the Palestinians and others in the region needed to take demonstrable steps toward peace. “Show me!” he shouted. The vice president spelled out steps that needed to be taken by the various parties.

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