Middle East News: World Press Roundup

NEWS: Israeli occupation forces evict Palestinian protesters from the site of the controversial E1 settlement expansion, and PM Netanyahu vows to complete the project. Some Palestinian activists see such nonviolent protests as the wave of the future. Palestinian factions may be moving closer to a unity agreement, and Egypt says they have agreed to implement previous agreements. An American couple of Jewish origins are taken aback by aggressive security measures by Israel's airline. The EU details its planned drive for revivified peace talks in 2013. Jordan's King urges renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Aid groups in "Area C" must strictly follow Israeli occupation rules or risk having their projects destroyed. Palestinian officials, including PM Fayyad, call on Arab states to rescue the PA from its financial crisis. Palestinian refugees are reportedly starting to return to a beleaguered camp near Damascus. An Israeli soldier is charged with assaulting a Palestinian citizen of Israel at a checkpoint. The JTA profiles Yair Shamir, a possible successor to the indicted FM Lieberman as head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party. COMMENTARY: Dan Fleshler looks at threats facing Israeli-Palestinian security coordination. Shlomo Avineri says constructive unilateral steps by Israel and the Palestinians are now the only way forward. AP looks at tensions between Pres. Obama and Netanyahu. Amira Hass says the E1 protest marks a change of tactics for Palestinian activists. Karl Vick says Palestinians are adopting settler tactics. Aeyal Gross says it's the Israeli governments settlement policies, not Palestinian protesters, that are violating the law. Oudeh Basharat says Arab citizens in Israel must vote. Aluf Benn looks at the new film "The Gatekeepers." Alon Ben-Meir says lack of trust is a key reason for the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians. Uri Savir proposes a national emergency cabinet for the next Israeli government. Rajab Abu-Sariyyah says the Egyptian initiative for Palestinian national reconciliation is a failure. Larry Derfner profiles MK Zoabi, "the most hated woman in Israel." David Remnick profiles extremist Israeli politician Naftali Bennett.

Clearing Palestinian protesters from West Bank site, Netanyahu pledges to build settlement
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Joel Greenberg - January 13, 2013 - 1:00am


Palestinian activists initiate peaceful struggle against Israeli settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
January 14, 2013 - 1:00am

  "It is one of the strongest popular messages sent to Israel against the construction of the illegal settlements on the occupied Palestinian territories," one of the Palestinian activists who erected tents in the controversial E1 area between Jerusalem and the West Bank in protest of Israeli settlement expansion said Sunday, as Israeli soldiers were evacuating the activists' newly-set encampment.

Palestinian factions move closer to pact
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Hugh Naylor - January 11, 2013 - 1:00am

  Leaders of the two main Palestinian factions yesterday moved a step closer to mending a rift that has divided their people and hindered international ties for almost six years.

Egypt says Fatah, Hamas agree to enact unity deal
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
January 10, 2013 - 1:00am

An Egyptian official said the leaders of Hamas and Fatah factions had agreed at talks in Cairo on Wednesday to implement a long-delayed reconciliation pact, although it was unclear if the deal would extend beyond holding more talks.

U.S. couple with Jewish roots didn't expect El Al's inquisition
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - January 13, 2013 - 1:00am

  The El Al security checkers abroad are apparently trained to treat anyone who doesn’t come under the category of Jewish ‏(or Christian Zionist‏) tourist with extreme suspicion. This is the conclusion to be drawn from the treatment meted out to 32-year-old Rebecca and her partner Rafiq, 34, who flew from New York to Tel Aviv on December 23.

Report: EU developing 2013 Mideast peace plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
January 13, 2013 - 1:00am

The European Union is developing a proposal to restart peace talks between Israel and Palestine that it will put forward in March, Israeli media reported on Sunday.

Aid agencies tread gingerly in Area C
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
January 12, 2013 - 1:00am

As night descends in the Jordan Valley in the occupied Palestinian territory, a family in the village of Ras Al-Ahmar lights a small paraffin lamp in the tent they call home.

Palestinian premier urges Arabs to pay pledged aid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
January 13, 2013 - 1:00am

  The Palestinian prime minister warned Sunday that his government could fail to meet its obligations to its people because of a cash crunch, and urged Arab countries to deliver on promised aid.

Interview: Palestinian official calls on Arab states to rescue PNA from financial crisis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
January 13, 2013 - 1:00am

  A senior Palestinian official on Sunday called on Arab states to immediately act to rescue the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) from a severe financial crisis and unprecedented economical and political challenges.

Palestinian group: Refugees returning to Damascus camp
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
January 14, 2013 - 1:00am

Palestinian refugees are beginning to return to a Damascus camp they fled late last year, a Palestinian group in Syria says.

IDF officer charged with assaulting Israeli citizen at army checkpoint
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gili Cohen - January 14, 2013 - 1:00am

  An IDF officer was indicted for seriously assaulting an Israeli citizen of Bedouin origin after the latter complained for being detained at a military checkpoint. The indictment was filed by the military prosecution on Thursday.

Meet Yair Shamir, the political scion who could replace Avigdor Liberman
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ben Sales - January 14, 2013 - 1:00am

  Yair Shamir says he doesn’t discuss hypotheticals.

The Future Of Palestinian-Israeli Security Cooperation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Dan Fleshler - (Opinion) January 11, 2013 - 1:00am


Striving for an illusion-free Middle East peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shlomo Avineri - (Opinion) January 13, 2013 - 1:00am

  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords. The amount of time that has passed since their signing is the same that passed between the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and the outbreak of the Six-Day War in 1967. In both cases, roughly a generation's worth of time, although for most people it might feel that the Oslo Accords were only signed yesterday.

Obama, Netanyahu: Bad blood between key allies
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Steven R. Hurst - (Opinion) January 14, 2013 - 1:00am


E-1 protest marks change of tactics by Palestinian activists
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - (Opinion) January 14, 2013 - 1:00am

  The idea of setting up a protest tent village in E-1 gained momentum over the past few weeks among members of the Palestinian Popular Committees - the same committees that for 10 years have been organizing weekly demonstrations in the West Bank against the Israeli occupation in general, and against the separation fence and settlements in particular.

When Palestinians Use Settler Tactics: A Beleaguered Netanyahu Responds
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Time
by Karl Vick - (Opinion) January 14, 2013 - 1:00am


The Palestinian right of return to E-1
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Eyal Gross - (Opinion) January 14, 2013 - 1:00am

  On Friday, as part of the petition against the eviction order of the "outpost" established by Palestinians in the E-1 corridor between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim, High Court Justice Neal Hendel granted a temporary order prohibiting the evacuation or destruction of tents erected by Palestinians on the lands of A-Tur, unless there was "an urgent security need."

Arabs in Israel must vote
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Oudeh Basharat - (Opinion) January 14, 2013 - 1:00am


The Shin Bet sewer cleaners
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Aluf Benn - (Opinion) January 13, 2013 - 1:00am

  "The Gatekeepers” isn’t just another leftist protest film against the occupation. Far from it. Dror Moreh’s documentary is the semi-official history of Israel’s Shin Bet security service since 1967, told from the mouths of six of its former leaders. This is the service’s version of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is also the story of “the old elite,” which is fed up with the eternal war.

Distrust and the reality of coexistence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Alon Ben-Meir - (Opinion) January 13, 2013 - 1:00am

 One of the main impediments to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the lack of trust between the two sides.

A national emergency government
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Uri Savir - (Opinion) January 13, 2013 - 1:00am

I do not envy Binyamin Netanyahu on the morning of January 23.He will most probably wake up as a reelected prime minister with a hangover from a euphoric Netanyahu-style self-congratulatory victory speech.

Failures of Palestinian Reconciliation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Rajab Abu Sariya - (Opinion) January 14, 2013 - 1:00am


The Most Hated Woman in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Policy
by Larry Derfner - (Opinion) January 11, 2013 - 1:00am

  Sitting in a barren, slightly mildewy campaign office in this Arab village, I asked Haneen Zoabi, an Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, what it was like being the country's most hated politician. "It doesn't bother me at all," she said.

The Party Faithful
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New Yorker
by David Remnick - (Opinion) January 14, 2013 - 1:00am


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