Is It a Resolution or Dissolution?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Middle East Times
by Reema I. Ali - September 10, 2009 - 12:00am

Palestinians refer to initiatives for a peaceful resolution of their conflict with Israel as “dissolution and not a resolution.” It is referred to as another attempt to dissolve their national identity and pride and not to resolve the conflict. This outcry is not without basis. The path to peace has complicated their lives and their voice is far too often lost in the corridors of politics for the sake of expediency.

ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Nermeen Murad - (Opinion) September 14, 2009 - 12:00am

I don’t know exactly when and how the word “normalisation” came to signify visiting occupied Palestinian land or dealing with Palestinians. Ever since I can remember I have heard or read statements from professional associations lambasting one party or another for “normalising”. Of course I have yet to hear these professional associations lead a campaign on anything that has to do with their mandate as unions representing the rights of professionals, but that is another story for another day.

The 9/11 Anniversary: An Opportunity to Reconsider Mistaken Policies
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Dar Al-Hayat
by Raghida Dergham - (Opinion) September 14, 2009 - 12:00am

As we reach the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 events, pressures increase on US President Barack Obama to take the necessary steps to combat what he calls “violent extremism” – a term that replaces the expression “war on terror” adopted by his predecessor George W. Bush, who had made the Iraq war his first step to taking revenge for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The peace process needs some new facts
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
(Opinion) September 14, 2009 - 12:00am

If all goes according to Barack Obama’s plan, there will be a Palestinian state within two years. Relative to the 60 years of Palestinian suffering, that is an extremely short period of time. Despite this, there has been little enthusiasm shown for the plan from either Palestinians, Israelis or the Arab world. This is hardly surprising.

US envoy has hopes for settlement deal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Vita Bekker - September 14, 2009 - 12:00am

George Mitchell, the top US envoy to the Middle East, said yesterday that he hoped to conclude an agreement with Israel on a possible freeze of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank this week to help spur the renewal of peace talks. Mr Mitchell, who arrived in Israel on Saturday, said after a meeting with Shimon Peres, the Israeli president: “While we have not yet reached agreement on many outstanding issues, we are working hard to do so, and indeed the purpose of my visit here this week is an attempt to do so.”

'Urgency' in US Middle East talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
September 14, 2009 - 12:00am

The US has launched a new effort to finalise terms for fresh negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Mr Mitchell has been discussing the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank - a key stumbling block. He said: "It is our intention to conclude this phase of our discussions in the very near future." "This will enable us to move on to the next and really the more important phase," he added. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo.

Mubarak: Stop attempts to judaize Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
September 14, 2009 - 12:00am

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak urged Israel to halt "all settlement activity" and warned of the dangers it posed in Jerusalem, in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Cairo on Sunday. Mubarak "called on Israel to stop all settlement activity, including 'natural growth' settlements," presidential spokesman Suleiman Awad said. The president "also urged (Israel) to stop attempts to judaize Jerusalem, warning of the dangerous consequences to peace efforts and highlighting the sensitivity of the Jerusalem issue to the Arab and Islamic worlds," Awad said.

PM aide: 3-way summit important
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Roni Sofer - September 14, 2009 - 12:00am

The success of US special envoy George Mitchell's visit to Israel will be measured by whether or not it leads to the scheduling of a three-way summit between US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the UN General Assembly in New York next week. As of yet, it remains unclear whether such a meeting will take place, and both parties are still in talks with Mitchell on a construction freeze in West Bank settlements, and goodwill gestures on the part of the Palestinians and the Arab world.

West Bank economy heading toward growth for first time in years
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
September 14, 2009 - 12:00am

The economy in Palestinian West Bank remains on course to grow about 7 percent this year, for the first growth since 2005, according to the International Monetary Fund. In notes to media accompanying a report the IMF will present to donors at the United Nations on Sept. 22, the international lending agency said on Sunday achieving the projected figure largely depended on Israel's policy towards the Palestinians.

Israel: Won't accept 'complete freeze' on settlement building
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Jonathan Lis - September 14, 2009 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that there will not be a complete freeze on settlement building and that building in Jerusalem will proceed as usual. "The Palestinians expect a complete halt to building; it is now clear that this will not happen," Netanyahu said, "Jerusalem is not a settlement and the building [there] will continue as normal." While speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset, Netanyahu spoke about progress made in regards to the peace process as well as the U.S. demand to freeze building beyond Israel's Green Line.

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