June 23rd

After escaping flotilla uproar, Israel faces new flap over Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Joshua Mitnick - June 23, 2010 - 12:00am

Tel Aviv, Israel Diplomatic tensions have flared over Jerusalem for the first time in weeks following the preliminary approval for a controversial plan for a tourist park in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. The plan calls for 22 Palestinian houses to be demolished. The decision Monday by a Jerusalem municipal planning committee immediately drew condemnation by the Palestinian Authority and a warning from the United States.

Israel asks UN to shelve aid ship raid inquiry
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
June 23, 2010 - 12:00am

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said any inquiry should be shelved because new attempts to breach the blockade were still being organised. Nine pro-Palestinian activists died when Israeli soldiers stormed a Turkish aid ship in May. The UN has called for an impartial and credible inquiry into the raid. Israel has announced its own inquiry but some governments have expressed scepticism about its credibility. Mr Barak spoke after talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has been trying to organise the international inquiry called for by the Security Council.

Shimon Peres defends Israel's policies as vital to security
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Edmund Sanders - (Interview) June 23, 2010 - 12:00am

Reporting from Jerusalem Israeli President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that his nation's policy on the Gaza Strip has not yielded the results the government expected, and he criticized municipal plans to tear down 22 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem to make way for redevelopment. But the 86-year-old former prime minister vigorously defended Israel's overall policies as vital to its security, saying international critics don't face the daily threat of terrorism. He spoke with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday in his Jerusalem office.

Few legitimate candidates
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bitterlemons
by Yossi Alpher - (Opinion) June 23, 2010 - 12:00am

The question of settlers remaining in a Palestinian state is becoming increasingly central to the issue of a successful two-state solution. One reason is quite simply the growing number of settlers who live beyond the settlement blocs and who are not likely to accept financial compensation and leave their homes in order to facilitate an agreement.

Palestinians in Lebanon: Righting a wrong
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
by Ramzy Baroud - (Opinion) June 23, 2010 - 12:00am

What is unfortunate though, is that granting basic civil rights to over 400,000 Palestinians — 62 years after their expulsion from their historic homeland and the issuing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — has been a topic of “debate” in the first place. Equally regrettable is the fact that various “Christian” Lebanese political forces are fiercely opposing granting Palestinians their rights.

Adviser to Israel's Netanyahu questions Mideast peace effort, new Iran sanctions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Janine Zacharia - June 23, 2010 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's national security adviser said Tuesday that the push for Palestinian statehood has weakened Israel's standing in the world, and he suggested that the outlook is bleak for U.S.-mediated negotiations in the region. Uzi Arad, central in the crafting of Israel's stance on the Palestinians and on Iran's nuclear program, also argued that new U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran are inadequate to thwart its nuclear progress. A preemptive military strike might eventually be necessary, he said.

Israeli Official Assails Plans for Demolition of Arab Homes
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Dina Kraft - June 23, 2010 - 12:00am

TEL AVIV — A top Israeli official scolded local officials on Tuesday for giving preliminary approval to a plan calling for the demolition of 22 Palestinian homes, in an echo of past stumbles over Jewish development in East Jerusalem.

June 22nd

Hamas: PA continues to detain top members
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 22, 2010 - 12:00am

Palestinian Authority security forces detained two top Hamas affiliates in the West Bank on Monday night, the Islamist movement said The two detained were identified as chief of the Hamas-affiliated Al-Quds TV Nawaf Al-Amar and Deputy Nablus Mayor Mahdi Al-Hanbali. A Hamas statement said the two were among 14 Hamas supporters detained by PA forces overnight. In 2007, during the peak of Palestinian political infighting, Al-Hanbali was abducted by Fatah gunmen and held hostage for three days before his release.

Easing the Gaza Blockade
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
June 21, 2010 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has made the right decision to significantly ease Israel’s punishing and counterproductive blockade of Gaza. The move was clearly intended to mollify Washington and Europe in the wake of Israel’s deadly raid this month on an aid flotilla trying to run the blockade.

Quartet: Situation in Gaza "unsustainable, unacceptable"
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
June 22, 2010 - 12:00am

The human rights situation of the civilian population of Gaza is "unsustainable, unacceptable, and not in the interests of any of those concerned," the Quartet said Tuesday. The Quartet, made up of the US, EU, Russia, and the UN, emphasized the need for "a fundamental change in policy in Gaza," demanding the "unimpeded flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons to and from Gaza." The statement came despite a decision from the Israeli security cabinet to change the conditions of the siege on Sunday, a move that was welcomed by Quartet envoy Tony Blair.

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