Media Report, 17 May 2017

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AFOPA Media Report, 17 May 2017

Selections from Australian newspapers.

Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace, Nathan Thrall, The Guardian, 16 May 2017

The possibility of a lasting deal seems as far away as ever – and the history of failed negotiations suggests it’s largely because Israel prefers the status quo.

Trump’s plans for Jerusalem Western Wall visit rock Israelis more than Aerosmith, Ruth Eglash, SMH, 17 May 2017

Jerusalem’s ancient Western Wall made headlines again on Tuesday. The reason: Donald Trump. In less than a week, Trump will visit Israel for the first time and part of his 24-hour trip here will include a short stop at the Jewish holy site.

Gillard’s ‘concern’ on Israel, Rosie Lewis, The Australian, 17 May 2017

Julia Gillard has warned Israeli politicians of her “mounting concern” over settlement policies that she says will not help achieve a two-state solution. The former prime minister weighed in to the sensitive Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a lecture titled “Reflections on a Life of Purpose’’ before from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev overnight.

Bring Malki’s killer to justice, Arnold Roth, The Australian, 17 May 2017

When people talk about my daughter Malki, they usually mention her smile. It radiated the sunniness of her outlook. Then, at 15, she was murdered.

Trump open to two-state Mideast solution, Matt Spetalnick, The Australian, 13 May 2017

US President Donald Trump will express support for Palestinian “self-determination” during a Middle East trip this month, a senior aide says. The comment suggests Trump is open to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict despite not having publicly embraced the idea so far.

Israel ‘killed’ key military commander in Gaza: Hamas, The Australian, 13 May 2017

Hamas has arrested the suspected murderer of one of its key military commanders in Gaza, the Palestinian Islamist movement’s leader said yesterday, while maintaining Israel was behind the March assassination.

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Supplement: AFOPA Foreign Media Report, 15 May 2017

Selected translations from the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

Al-Quds Al-Arabi, 15 May 2017, Palestinian-Jordanian-Egyptian coordination ahead of the summit with Trump in Saudi Arabia; A week of escalation in the battlefield in Palestine… the Vice-President of South Africa fasts with the [Palestinian] political prisoners.

Today, Monday, on the 69th anniversary of the 1948 Catastrophe [“Nakba”] for Palestine, the day when the political prisoners in Israelis jails are starting their fifth week of an open hunger strike, a week of escalatory activities right across the Palestinian Territories is continuing.

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