Netanyahu and Obama should do some reading
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by George S. Hishmeh - (Opinion) July 9, 2010 - 12:00am

It was my intention while cruising the Danube River — which is disappointingly muddy and not blue as Mozart claimed — for two weeks last month aboard a comfortable Viking boat with my wife that my attention would be mainly focused on the Fifa World Cup and the beautiful countryside and its rich history.

The Summit of Misleading
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Dar Al-Hayat
by Zuheir Kseibati - (Blog) July 9, 2010 - 12:00am

One cannot deny Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s success in clearing his page with American President Barack Obama, assuming it was darkened not due to the killing of the Turks on the Freedom Flotilla, but also due to the embarrassment caused to the White House and the besieging of its efforts to revive the Palestinian negotiations track with an endless series of settlement projects.

Palestinians brace for US pressure after Netanyahu's White House visit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Joshua Mitnick - July 9, 2010 - 12:00am

It's an axiom of Arab-Israeli peacemaking that the new rapport between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would leave Palestinians in an awkward spot. After the Obama administration pushed Mr. Netanyahu over the past year to rein in West Bank settlements, there are signals in the wake of Netanyahu's White House visit on Tuesday that US pressure could shift to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

What's lurking beneath the smiles at the Obama-Netanyahu lovefest?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ibishblog
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) July 9, 2010 - 12:00am

It finally had to happen, after several abortive efforts. A high-level US-Israel diplomatic lovefest occurred at the White House between Pres. Obama and PM Netanyahu on Tuesday. As both governments had a strong vested interest in making the event successful, it was all smiles, firm handshakes and affirmations of undying friendship. The word of the day was “excellent,” a term repeated ad nauseum by both leaders.

ISRAEL: Six years later, UN says barrier is still a big problem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Maher Abukhater - (Blog) July 9, 2010 - 12:00am

Six years ago, on July 9, 2004, the International Court of Justice in The Hague gave an advisory opinion on Israel's construction of a part-concrete, part-fence barrier running along its borders with the West Bank. The court stated that in addition to being "contrary to international law," the construction of the barrier does not justify Israel's security objectives.

The Israel-Turkey Imbroglio
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Roger Cohen - (Opinion) July 9, 2010 - 12:00am

NEW YORK — Here’s an intriguing nugget, given Turkey’s recent decision to close its airspace to Israeli military planes: When Israel attacked a covert Syrian nuclear reactor on Sept. 6, 2007, its bombers overflew Turkey. A former senior U.S. official who was intimately involved in handling the fallout from the raid told me Turkish officials raised the issue with Israel, were invited to discuss the matter, but in the end let it drop. Those were different times, before Turkish-Israeli ties entered their current poisonous phase.

Israel Vows to ‘Take Risks’ in Talks With Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Kyle Crichton, Isabel Kershner - July 9, 2010 - 12:00am

Declaring that he intended to “confound the critics and the skeptics,” an upbeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told an audience of foreign policy experts in New York on Thursday that he was ready to begin direct peace talks with the Palestinians “next week” or even sooner. “Just get on with it,” he said.

Palestinians face being walled by Israeli security barrier
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Harriet Sherwood - July 9, 2010 - 12:00am

Sixty-three-year-old Ahmed Bargouth sits in the shade of a walnut tree and contemplates the view before him. Across the valley is Jerusalem's zoo, which his grandchildren have never been able to visit, although they have watched animals through binoculars.

Bil'in leader remains in jail after term ends
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
July 9, 2010 - 12:00am

Bethlehem - Ma'an - Bil'in protest leader Adeeb Abu Rahma is being held in Israeli custody until the prosecution's appeal against him is heard, despite having served his term in full, a statement read Friday. Abu Rahma, a taxi driver and organizer of the weekly anti wall protests in the central West Bank village of Bil'in near Ramallah, was sentenced to 12 months, a further 12 months of suspended sentence, and ordered to pay a fine on Thursday, in the first of a series of trials against Palestinian protest organizers.

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