The Wrath of Abbas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Newsweek
by Dan Ephron - (Blog) April 25, 2011 - 12:00am

We're somewhere over the Mediterranean, and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, is trying to get inside the head of Barack Obama. "We knew him before he became president," he's saying, struggling to understand what happened to the man who had seemed more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause than any of his predecessors. "We knew him and he was very receptive." Around us, Abbas's closest aides are shuffling papers or typing on laptops, while his bodyguards lounge on long corduroy couches.

'Heinous act against Jewish worshipers'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Attila Somfalvi - April 24, 2011 - 12:00am

Shooting attack or unintentional mishap? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday evening the shooting incident at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus that killed 24-year-old Ben-Yosef Livnat and injured two other Hasidim, calling it a "terrorist attack." In his statement, Netanyahu urged the Palestinian Authority "to take harsh steps against the perpetrators who committed this heinous act against Jewish worshipers who were on their way to prayer."

'Worshippers visit Joseph's Tomb every night'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Raanan Ben-Zur - April 24, 2011 - 12:00am

Almost every night, Jewish worshippers sneak into Palestinian territory, where Joseph's Tomb is located, without obtaining a permit. On Sunday morning such a "routine" visit ended with a fatal shooting that killed Ben-Yosef Livnat, a 24-year-old father-of-four and the nephew of Sports and Culture Minister Limor Livnat. The entrance into the Tomb vicinity is usually coordinated by Chairman of the Yesod Olam association Haim Reicher, who also arranges entries to other holy sites in the West Bank.

'PA will defer UN statehood bid if 'serious' talks begin'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
(Editorial) April 25, 2011 - 12:00am

The Palestinian leadership will defer its plan to seek a declaration of statehood in the United Nations this September if "real and serious" negotiations begin before that point, PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo told London-based Al-Hayyat on Monday. Abed Rabbo added that the Palestinians only have two options in their playbook and that if it is not satisfied by renewed talks, it will go ahead with the United Nations plan.

Above the Fray: The great Mideast chess game
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Alon Ben-meir - (Opinion) April 22, 2011 - 12:00am

Amid the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate, a storm of diplomatic activity is brewing. The Palestinians, Israel and the United States are carefully calculating what moves to make next. Only the Palestinians appear to have a clear-cut strategy: internationalizing the conflict through a United Nations General Assembly Resolution recognizing a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, within the 1967 borders.

Good morning, Palestine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by David Rosenberg - (Opinion) April 22, 2011 - 12:00am

Sometime in September the United Nations General Assembly will vote (in all probability) in favor of Palestinian statehood. How the vote will be taken and what its significance for the relationship between infant Palestine and the rest of the world and for the day-to-day management of Israel’s occupation is anyone’s guess.

West Bank Shooting Comes Amid Upsurge in Violence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by David Rosenberg - April 24, 2011 - 12:00am

One Israeli was killed and three others were injured by gunfire early on Sunday as they were leaving a Jewish holy site in the city of Nablus, amid signs of an upsurge of Palestinian attacks on Israelis originating in the generally quiet West Bank.

For Israelis and Palestinians, the status quo is neither sustainable nor desirable
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Gary Younge - (Opinion) April 25, 2011 - 12:00am

Back in 2008 a Florida couple running a small business that throws children's parties bought two costumes that looked like Tigger and Eeyore on eBay from a firm in Peru for $500. When Walt Disney saw the characters advertised online, it threatened legal action for an infringement of copyright laws and presented the couple with a seven-point demand to cease and desist.

Israelis shot in West Bank tried to break through Palestinian roadblock, probe shows
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chaim Levinson, Anshel Pfeffer - April 24, 2011 - 12:00am

Palestinian security forces opened fire early Sunday on three cars full of Israelis who entered the West Bank compound of Joseph's Tomb without permission and then tried to break through a local checkpoint, according to an initial investigation by the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinian Authority. Ben-Joseph Livnat, a 25-year-old father of four and nephew of Culture and Science Minister Limor Livnat, was killed in the shooting. Three other people were wounded, and are in light to serious conditions.

Minister Livnat: My nephew was killed by a terrorist disguised as a Palestinian policeman
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Nir Hasson - April 24, 2011 - 12:00am

Hundreds attended the funeral of Ben-Joseph Livnat Sunday, who was killed and three others were wounded earlier in the day when a Palestinian security officer opened fire on their car as they were leaving the holy site of Joseph's Tomb near the West Bank city of Nablus. The funeral procession left Alon More near Nablus, heading toward the Mount of Olives Graveyard. Livnat, 25, is the nephew of Science and Culture Minister Limor Livnat, and is survived by his wife and four children.

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