ANALYSIS-Under diplomatic fire, Israel faces settlement showdown
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Crispian Balmer - (Opinion) February 6, 2013 - 1:00am

Israel risks sleepwalking into a crisis with its allies over relentless settlement-building in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem unless it realises that the international anger is genuine and adjusts its course.

More Than a Land Grab
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from International Herald Tribune
by Raja Shehadeh - (Opinion) February 6, 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.

Israel, Palestine and the mapping of power
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Tristram Hunt - February 4, 2013 - 1:00am

'It's almost comical. The idea of maps is to represent reality; here it represents fantasy." So Professor Bruce Wexler of Yale University comments on how the vast majority of maps in Palestinian and Israeli schoolbooks omit the existence of the other entity.

Enforce the UNHRC settlements report to push Israel out of its state of denial
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Saeb Erakat - (Opinion) February 4, 2013 - 1:00am

It is time for Israel to relinquish its current state of denial and confront reality. It is clear to everyone, including Micronesia and the Marshall Islands (two of the few countries who voted against Palestine’s recognition as a state by the UN General Assembly), that Israeli settlements are illegal and that Israel should withdraw to the 1967 border.

UN inquiry calls for sanctions against Israel over West Bank settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Barak Ravid - January 31, 2013 - 1:00am

A UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission on Thursday released its harshest report over Israeli policy in the West Bank since 1967, urging governments and private corporations across the world to consider economic and political sanctions against Israel over its construction in the settlements. This is the first time such a call has been made from within the United Nations.

Israeli settlements symbolise the acute lack of justice experienced by the Palestinian people
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from United Nations
January 31, 2013 - 1:00am

  The International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory today published its findings on the implications Israeli settlements have upon the human rights of the Palestinian people. The report states that a multitude of the human rights of the Palestinians are violated in various forms and ways due to the existence of the settlements.

UN human rights report on Israel paves way for sanctions, further isolation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - (Opinion) January 31, 2013 - 1:00am

   If anyone needed a reminder of Israel's deteriorating standing on the international stage, they got one on Thursday in the report by the UN Human Rights Council's fact-finding mission on the settlements. While Israel's coalition talks are focusing on the state budget and drafting ultra-Orthodox men into the military, every future member of the next cabinet should be disturbed by the report.

Kerry likely to move cautiously on Middle East peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Arshad Mohammed - (Analysis) January 31, 2013 - 1:00am

The United States has hinted it might try Middle East peace-making once again, but Secretary of State-designate John Kerry is likely to move cautiously, in contrast to U.S.

Time has come for 2 states
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Gilead Sher - (Opinion) January 29, 2013 - 1:00am

In about a month and a half Israel's 33rd government will be sworn in, and, regardless of the make-up of the next coalition, it must succeed in determining the country's borders.

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