Danny Ayalon Pivots On a Palestinian State
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Shlomi Eldar - (Opinion) February 10, 2013 - 1:00am

Here’s an earth-shattering news flash: As his term in office was about to end, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon was attending this weekend a Shabbatarbut cultural event in a theater in Holon, when he declared: “Israel must recognize the Palestinian state as a member state of the United Nations. It must grant it sovereignty and independence. This must be the starting point for a permanent settlement''.

Obama’s Plan to Visit Mideast Stirs Hopes, Slightly
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - February 9, 2013 - 1:00am

For more than two years, many Israeli and Palestinian leaders have placed blame for their stalemated peace process not only on one another but on a lack of engagement by the Obama administration.

Cyprus gives Palestinians full diplomatic status
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Google News
February 9, 2013 - 1:00am

Cyprus said on Friday it has upgraded its relations with the Palestinians to full diplomatic mission status, one of just eight European Union countries to do so.

Abbas to Ahmadinejad: Talk more about Palestine, less about destroying Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Jack Khoury - February 7, 2013 - 1:00am


Interview: Palestinian official slams Israel for settlement expansion
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
(Interview) February 5, 2013 - 1:00am

A senior Palestinian official on Monday accused Israel of continuing settlement construction and " Judaizing" the holy city of Jerusalem, warning that it would endanger the Palestinians' presence in East Jerusalem.

Dayan: Palestinian state further away than ever
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Tovah Lazaroff - February 4, 2013 - 1:00am

Dayan chastised the settlers that he charged drove former MK Bennie Begin (Likud) out of the Knesset. He also criticized Migron residents for breaking the council’s 2008 agreement with the government, a move that he said led to the outpost’s relocation last summer. The 57-year-old secular hitech businessman took over the council in July 2007, when it was demoralized in the aftermath of the 2005 disengagement and the violent clashes between settlers and border police during the demolition of nine homes in the Amona outpost in 2006.

'PM said he'd okay provisional Palestinian state'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Sam Sokol - January 29, 2013 - 1:00am

While not ready to sign a comprehensive peace deal, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is willing to establish an interim Palestinian state without a final agreement, former deputy foreign minister Yossi Beilin said on Monday. Speaking during a debate with outgoing settlement council head Danny Dayan, Beilin stated that he had heard from Netanyahu that he would be ready for establishing a “provisional border with the Palestinians.” “This is something that I heard from him that he would be ready to do it,” he stated.

For Obama, Difficult Timing of an Israeli Plan Is Nothing New
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Mark Landler - December 30, 2012 - 1:00am

WASHINGTON — For President Obama, the news on Friday that Israel is planning to construct Jewish settlements in a geographically sensitive area east of Jerusalem came as a rude shock.

In Gaza, surge of support for Hamas starts to fade
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Scott Wilson - December 30, 2012 - 1:00am

JABALYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip — Strung across chaotic streets and through mazes of yard-wide alleys, the iconic green flags of the Islamic Resistance Movement, better known as Hamas, festoon the gray acres of cement-block buildings.

Palestine: Diary of a historic month
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Raja Shehadeh - (Opinion) December 14, 2012 - 1:00am

9 November It was inevitable that at some point Jewish settlements in the West Bank would endanger even the trees. This was the thought I had as I was driven through the northern part of the West Bank on a field trip organised by Oxfam, which is working with Palestinian NGOs to help local cooperatives improve their agricultural practices and open up local and international markets to them. The villagers told us that tens of thousands of olive trees have been uprooted to make way for the construction of the Israeli separation barrier.

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