May 14th

Rashid Khalidi reviews the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 60 years on (1). The AP provides an account of President Bush’s address to the Knesset (2). David Ignatius critiques Bush Administration policies in the Middle East (3). AFP reports that the Israeli army is prepared for military action in Gaza (4). David Makovsky evaluates the impact of allegations against the Israeli Prime Minister on peace talks (5). Ben White examines the effect of checkpoints in the occupied territories (6). HaimBaram examines Israeli fears (7), while AviShlaim recounts diplomatic relations between Israel and Jordan (8). Reuters demands information on the death of one of its cameramen (9).

May 13th

Joshua Mitnick looks at the State of Israel on its 60th birthday in the first of a two part story (2) in the Washington Times. Bloodshed continues as a rocket attack wounds Israelis in an Ashkelon mall (3) and several Palestinians are killed during an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip (4). The Associated Press reports that Israel will soon approve more home construction in the West Bank (6). Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar questions Israeli military supremacy (9).

May 12th

The Bush Administration leads today’s roundup as President George W. Bush returns to Jerusalem this week (1-3, 10). The Wall Street Journal highlights economic development efforts in Palestine, including the U.S. Palestinian Public Private Partnership (4). ATFP provides a translation of an Al-Ayyam article by Hassan Khader (8). Wilson Center Scholar Aaron David Miller discusses the application of U.S. power in seeking an Israeli-Arab Peace (11). Daniel Kurtzer, an advisor to Democratic candidate Barack Obama, argues that Jerusalem must be included in any peace deal (13).

May 11th

The Bush Administration pushes Israelis and Palestinians toward compromise (1). In the Washington Post, Lally Weymouth interviews Israeli President Shimon Peres (2) and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayaad (3). ATFP Board Member Daoud Kuttab writes about the practical reality of the Right of Return (4). Negotiations continue on a Gaza cease-fire (7) even as Israel weathers scandal allegations (6) and political unrest (12). In Haaretz, Akiva Eldar argues that U.S. president Bush should avoid visiting Israel (13).

May 7th

The Economist looks at recent legislation concerning Jewish refugees from their April edition. (1) The Associated Press reports on a Fatah victory in Hebron (3). Tony Blair calls on Israel to work to improve Palestinian lives(4)as Daniel Levy discusses checkpoints (6). Former President Jimmy Carter speaks out against conditions in Gaza in a Daily Star Op-Ed (9).

May 6th

ATFP President Dr. Ziad Asali argues for empowering moderates over extremists in the Arab News (1). Israel¹s 60th anniversary is marked with reflection (2, 4, 6, 10). Israelis and Palestinians mull the effect of corruption allegations against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (7,9). In the New York Times, Ethan Bronner examines the Palestinian citizens of Israel. (2).

May 4th

The Christian Science Monitor examines growing cultural competition between Fatah and Hamas (2). Sami Abdel-Shafi takes the Guardian’s readers inside the Gaza humanitarian crisis (5). In last week’s Bitter Lemons, Ghassan Khatib called for the U.S. to monitor Israeli roadblocks (9); it seems that someone was listening (4). Political turmoil embroils Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (7, 12). In the Jerusalem Post, David Kimche defends J-Street from charges of anti-Zionism (13)

May 1st

ATFP President Ziad Asali concludes his week-long guest spot in Rosner’s Domain (1). MJ Rosenberg discusses the tragedy of the Holocaust and its relation to the current conflict (2). Kim Sengupta of the Independent offers an glimpse into Gaza City (3). ATFP Senior Fellow Ghaith al-Omari dissects the question of engaging Hamas (4). YNet News reports on a new deployment of Palestinian Policemen in Jenin (8). Haaretz’s Akiva Eldar questions the authenticity of Israeli-Syrian negotiations (10).

April 30th

ATFP President fields a question on the nuances between Palestinian and U.S. positions on the peace process (1). Reuters previews U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice return trip to the Middle East (4) as the Daily Star opines on the fading credibility of the peace process (10). The British Government urges Israel to lift the Gaza Blockade (9). ATFP Board Member George Hishmeh pens a column on the current state of the negotiations (5). Finally, Gershom Gorenber looks at the online war of words to define narrative in the American Prospect.

April 29th

ATFP President Ziad Asali fields another question at Shmuel Rosner’s blog (1). Dominique Moisi reflects on Israel’s anniversary (3) while Sarah Kreimer discusses Zionism in the Jerusalem Post (10). United Nations Secretary General Bam Ki Moon emphasizes the need for a viable and just solution to the Palestinian refugee issue (7). Finally, Rami Khouri writes about how current negotiations continue despite U.S. Involvement (8).

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