February 23rd

What the case of Khader Adnan can teach us about Twitter morality
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Mira Sucharov - (Opinion) February 23, 2012 - 1:00am

As Khader Adnan, the Palestinian prisoner held in Israeli administrative detention, ends his 66-day hunger strike, activists and Israeli government officials are no doubt breathe a sigh of relief. One man remains alive while Israeli authorities get to catch their breath. Whether they decide whether to reevaluate the use of controversial practices like administrative detention to enforce the occupation is another story.

It's Israeli Apartheid Week. Just tell the truth
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Bradley Burston - (Opinion) February 22, 2012 - 1:00am

It's that time again. On campuses the world over, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is mounting its eighth annual Israeli Apartheid Week. In the past, this has been a time for hardline pro-Palestinians and hardline pro-Israelis to rumble, counter-accuse, hurl half-truths and, often as not, scrum to an ineffectual draw. Not this year. This year there's something distinctly unfamiliar in the air. People have begun telling the truth about BDS.

If Israel strikes Iran, it'll be because Obama didn’t stop it
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Ari Shavit - (Opinion) February 23, 2012 - 1:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dealt primarily with three things over the past three years: Iran, Iran, and Iran. In the first instance, Netanyahu was busy making sure Iran was on top of the international agenda. While our prime minister won't say so out loud, he is deeply scornful of his predecessors for spending so much time on the Palestinian issue while neglecting the Iranian issue.

PA angry over Israeli leaks regarding Amman talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - February 22, 2012 - 1:00am

The Palestinian Authority is angry over Israeli leaks regarding the recent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Jordan. Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Wednesday he filed a complaint with the Quartet members – the US, EU, UN and Russia – about leaks by the Israeli government regarding the Amman talks. Erekat said that reports in the Israeli media about the meetings contained “half-truths.” The Israeli government was behind these leaks, he charged.

'Hamas will demand key positions in unity gov't'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
February 23, 2012 - 1:00am

Hamas will demand that members of its organization fill key roles in the unity government with Fatah if it is to agree to allow Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to serve as the interim government's prime minister, Egyptian daily Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. According to the report, Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mahsaal will present his conditions to Abbas at a meeting between the two leaders in Cairo on Thursday.

Hamas sets new terms for reconciliation with Fatah
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Nidal al-Mughrabi - February 23, 2012 - 1:00am

(Reuters) - Hamas has set new terms for implementing a reconciliation deal with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's rival Fatah group, an official said Thursday, dimming even further chances the accord will be put into effect. Abbas and Khaled Meshaal, Hamas's political chief in exile, agreed in Qatar earlier this month to form a unity government led by the Western-backed president.

Hamas and Fatah hold talks in Cairo on a national unity government
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
February 22, 2012 - 1:00am

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas met on Wednesday in Cairo with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal for talks on the formation of a national unity government, an AFP reporter said. The long-time rivals have been struggling to implement the terms of a reconciliation deal signed in Cairo in May, which calls for the formation of an interim government of independents to pave the way for presidential and legislative elections within a year.

'Israel should annex 60% of Area C'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Moran Azulay - February 23, 2012 - 1:00am

Former Yesha Council Director Naftali Bennett has presented a new initiative meant to conquer the prolonged stalemate plaguing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Bennett explained Thursday that he met with dozens of military, political and defense experts prior to formulating what has been dubbed the "mollification plan," adding that it is meant to serve as a "band-aid" of sorts – a way for Israel to maintain peace and order in the West Bank, while it both deals with international pressure and protect its "critical principles."

EU's Ashton criticizes Israel for approval of 'illegal' settlement homes
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
February 23, 2012 - 1:00am

The European Union's Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton criticized on Thursday Israel's recent approval of new homes in the West Bank settlement of Shilo, adding that Israeli settlements were "illegal under international law." On Tuesday, the Defense Ministry gave preliminary approval to a plan to build 600 new homes in Shiloh, a hardline settlement deep inside the West Bank. The move drew rebukes from the United Nations and Palestinians, and threatened to raise tensions with the United States as the prime minister prepares to head to the White House.

US joins PA, UN in slamming outpost plans
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Tovah Lazaroff - February 23, 2012 - 1:00am

The United States, the Palestinian Authority and the UN on Wednesday condemned Israeli plans to authorize the Shvut Rachel outpost and 180 homes in the Shiloh settlement. Both adjacent communities are located in the Binyamin region of the West Bank. US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said continued settlement activity harmed peace prospects, when quizzed by reporters at the daily press briefing in Washington. He added that he had not known of the Shiloh plans.

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