AFOPA Media Report, 07 May 2017
Selections from Australian newspapers.
Donald Trump tells Abbas 'we will get it done' on Israel-Palestinian peace deal, The Guardian, 3 May 2017
Donald Trump has committed the United States to helping Israel and the Palestinians reach peace, telling visiting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas: “We will get it done.”
Trump spoke after welcoming Abbas to the White House for a meeting aimed at relaunching talks that have failed repeatedly to resolve the decades-old conflict. “I’ve always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” Trump said. “Let’s see if we can prove them wrong.”
Justin Welby: Christians must unite with Jews to halt rise of antisemitism, Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian, 4 May 2017
Archbishop of Canterbury makes plea for tolerance in speech at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial during visit to Israel.
Why now is the time to talk to Hamas, Tareq Baconi, The Guardian, 2 May 2017
Concerns remain, but efforts in the group’s new charter to distance it from antisemitism are an opportunity to be grasped.
UK warned it needs new Middle East policy that does not rely on Trump, Patrick Wintour, The Guardian, 2 May 2017
Lords report calls for fresh alliances to be forged in region and criticises approaches to Syria, Arab spring and Saudi arms sales
Hamas elects new political chief, Nidal Al-Mughrabi, The Australian, 7 May 2017
The Palestinian movement Hamas has elected Ismail Haniyeh to head its political office, a leadership change that comes as the Islamist group looks to reconcile with Palestinian rivals.
Supplement: AFOPA Foreign Media Report, 07 May 2017
Selected translations from the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.
Al-Quds Al-Arabi, 3 May 2017, Analysts: the new Hamas Charter will not change the essentials of the movement’s relationship with Israel
Palestinian political analysts and specialists in Israeli affairs take the view that the new political Charter, which the Hamas movement announced on Monday, would not change the basics of its relationship with Israel.
Al-Quds Al-Arabi, 4 May 2017, Abbas urges the achievement of an “historic peace pact”; Trump: the failure of the past does not mean it is impossible; The Palestinian President asserts the American President’s capability to end the Palestinian people’s suffering
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