Obama II and Israel: The faultlines are starting to show
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Daniel Levy - (Analysis) November 14, 2012 - 12:00am


Ever since the U.S. news networks placed Ohio in the blue column last Tuesday night, the speculation has been as feverish as it was predictable - how will a re-elected Barak Obama square off to Sheldon Adelson’s more successful political investment, Benjamin Netanyahu?


We Already Are Politically "Normalized"
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by James J. Zogby - (Opinion) November 13, 2012 - 12:00am


There is a wonderful old Indian tale about three blind men who come upon an elephant and ask, "What is this?" One grabbing the elephant's tail says, "I think it is a rope." Another putting his arms about the elephant's leg says, "No, it is more like a tree." While the third touching its side says, "I think it is like a huge, smooth rock." The elephant, of course, is more than it's individual parts.


Obama in his Second Term: No Escaping the Middle East
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Hayat
by George Semaan - (Opinion) November 13, 2012 - 12:00am


The United States cannot quit its responsibilities, regardless of the obstacles and the internal and objective difficulties getting in the way of the performance of its leading role around the world, knowing it does not wish to relinquish this position, which it has occupied since the end of the Cold War.


Arab Americans Need Political Normalization
In Print by Hussein Ibish - The Daily Beast (Opinion) - November 12, 2012 - 12:00am

Following the recent election, and noting the growing influence of nontraditional power blocs such as Latinos, Arab Americans have again raised the question of how they can become politically empowered. There is only one answer: become politically "normal" Americans.


Arab Americans Need Political Normalization
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) November 12, 2012 - 12:00am


Following the recent election, and noting the growing influence of nontraditional power blocs such as Latinos, Arab Americans have again raised the question of how they can become politically empowered. There is only one answer: become politically "normal" Americans.


The Foreign Policy Agenda
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
(Editorial) November 11, 2012 - 12:00am


National security didn’t play heavily in the presidential election. But President Obama’s legacy, and the country’s future, will be shaped as much by the foreign policy and defense decisions he makes over the next four years as by those on the domestic side.


US vote a painful reminder for divided Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
by Sufian Abu Zaida - (Opinion) November 11, 2012 - 12:00am


I didn't follow the United States elections due to my belief that in the Palestinian subject particularly, and US policy in the Middle East in general, the difference between the candidates is negligible.


Yes He Can Make Peace
Media Mention of ATFP In The Daily Beast - November 9, 2012 - 12:00am

The Palestinians and the Israelis will not give the newly re-elected President time to breathe. In November, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will request that the General Assembly recognize Palestine as a non-member state with observer status.


Obama's test
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) November 8, 2012 - 12:00am


America's ceremonial political rituals played themselves out on Wednesday in all their glory before the entire world. There was the respectable appearance by the loser, who could barely conceal his disappointment but still praised the victor to the point where you wondered if perhaps he voted for him and not for himself; and the passionate address of the winner, who made similar gracious gestures to the loser and challenged the entire nation to unite and overcome together the many obstacles that lie in its path.


Obama the Second
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gideon Levy - (Opinion) November 8, 2012 - 12:00am


They could turn out to be the winning duo, the ones who bring about an agreement with the Palestinians: a furious U.S. President Barack Obama opposite a gambling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (who lost the gamble). If a second-term Obama obeys his heart and logic, his moral code and values, and American and world interests, then we can expect an old-new president in the White House. A president who will translate his anger against Netanyahu into pressure on Israel to finally end the occupation.



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