Israel's dwindling chance to oppose an unjust one-state future
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Sara Hirschhorn - (Opinion) February 27, 2013 - 1:00am

“The two-state solution is dead! Long live the two-state solution!” has resonated as the battle-call of the decade, a nostalgic swan song of the halcyon days of hope of the Oslo era. But the past week or so has seen a hushed gathering of liberal intellectuals around the deathbed of the Israeli-Palestine dilemma and a two-state solution.

EU Slams Israeli Settlements, Urges Sanctions in New Report
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Common Dreams
by Jacob Chamberlain - February 27, 2013 - 1:00am

Illegal settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem poses the greatest threat to peace between Israel and Palestine, the European Union said in a report that urges all EU states to end all financial investments or transactions that could directly or indirectly aid the settlement-building process.

Settlers in West Bank Shoot Two Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
February 23, 2013 - 1:00am

Clashes erupted Saturday in the West Bank, with Jewish settlers shooting two Palestinian demonstrators in the northern village of Kusra, an Israeli military official and Palestinian resident

Fatah official: No negotiations without settlement freeze
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 22, 2013 - 1:00am

Senior Fatah official Mohammad Shtayyeh said Friday that the Palestinian leadership is ready to negotiate if Israel stops building illegal settlements and releases Palestinian prisoners. Shtayyeh told Ma'an an end to settlement activity and the release of prisoners were necessary for successful talks. The Fatah central committee member's comments came in response to a report on Israel's Channel 10 that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to resume talks with the PLO within three months of forming a new government.

Official: Settlers torch 6 cars in Nablus village
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

Armed settlers attacked a village south of Nablus overnight Wednesday and torched six cars, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said dozens of residents of the Esh Kodesh settlement outpost entered Qusra village firing heavily. They torched six cars, belonging to Raed Musbah, Abed Taher, Yousef Odeh, Yasser Abu Rida, and Nashat Fawzi, Daghlas told Ma'an.

Pro-Israel group's primer on West Bank settlements shows just how disastrous they are
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Eric H. Yoffie - (Opinion) February 18, 2013 - 1:00am

Finally, a serious effort has been made to offer college students a compelling explanation of Israel’s settlement policy. To be sure, it did not succeed, but it was an effort worth making, if only to demonstrate just how vulnerable Israel is on the settlement issue.    

Borderline views: The Ariel own goal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by David Newman - (Opinion) February 18, 2013 - 1:00am

This week at its annual meeting in Jerusalem, The Jewish Agency is discussing the growing problem of anti-Israel delegitimization throughout the world, especially in those countries which are traditional friends of the State of Israel. No doubt, they will seek the simple answers and attribute much of the anti-Israel antagonism to growing anti-Semitism. While this may be true in some cases, they should also know how to differentiate between real criticism of Israel and its policies, even among friends, and that which is driven by other factors.

Erekat: No Settlement Freeze Means No Negotiations
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Shlomi Eldar - (Opinion) February 14, 2013 - 1:00am

Israel is waiting for President Barack Obama. Social networks across the internet are full of petitions and “likes,” pleading with the president to give a speech about peace to the Israeli masses gathered in Rabin Square.

It's the hard drugs that matter
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Ari Shavit - (Opinion) February 14, 2013 - 1:00am


Israeli security forces demolish 6 settler homes in West Bank outpost
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 13, 2013 - 1:00am

Dozens of soldiers and members of the Israeli civil administration demolished on Wednesday six homes in an outpost located in the West Bank, military sources confirmed to Xinhua. In addition, four families residing in Ma'ale Rechavam, an outpost located at the Gush Etzion settlement bloc not far from Jerusalem, were evacuated from their houses. All roads leading to the outpost were blocked to prevent settlers and right-wing activists from returning to the spot.

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