Red Lines over Iran
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Policy
by Samuel R. Berger - (Opinion) September 17, 2012 - 12:00am


Even with all the turmoil in the Middle East, foreign policy is unlikely to have a decisive impact on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. But the outcome of the presidential election will have a profound impact on U.S. foreign policy. Nowhere is that more consequential than the debate over whether, when, and with whom we go to war against Iran.


Israeli Leader Makes Case Against Iran on U.S. TV
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Steven Lee Myers - September 16, 2012 - 12:00am


WASHINGTON — Having been rebuffed privately by President Obama last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel took to the airwaves in the United States on Sunday to warn that


Israeli Leader Makes Case Against Iran on U.S. TV
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Steven Lee Myers - (Editorial) September 16, 2012 - 12:00am


WASHINGTON — Having been rebuffed privately by President Obama last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel took to the airwaves in the United States on Sunday to warn that Iran was only six or seven months from having “90 percent” of what it needed to make an atomic bomb.


In Israel, we speak Republican
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Verter - (Opinion) September 15, 2012 - 12:00am


In January 2009, on the eve of the Israeli general elections, and before the newly elected U.S. president, Barack Obama, was sworn in, the leading candidate for the premiership, Benjamin Netanyahu, met with his then-adviser and former consul general in New York, Alon Pinkas. Netanyahu asked Pinkas, who was close to the leaders of the Democratic Party, to help him build a bridge to the new administration.


Jerusalem, Why Did We Forget Thee?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by J.J. Goldberg - (Opinion) September 14, 2012 - 12:00am


In a few days we’ll celebrate one of the emotional peaks in the Jewish calendar, the twice-yearly proclamation that ends the Yom Kippur fast and Passover feast: Next year in Jerusalem. We won’t mean it literally. For most it’s a metaphorical prayer for a better world, expressing faith that history has direction and meaning, with heavenly Jerusalem its symbolic end-point. But it’s also a literal affirmation of devotion to the earthly Jerusalem.


Under Obama or Romney, U.S. Mideast policy won’t change much
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Aaron David Miller - (Opinion) September 14, 2012 - 12:00am


A presidential campaign focused largely on domestic economic issues veered into foreign policy after the killing of America’s ambassador to Libya on Tuesday and the eruption of anti-U.S. protests from Egypt to Yemen. Both presidential candidates responded — and their differences have produced debates over which would be stronger on the world stage. Was President Obama forceful enough?


PM: I'm not interfering in US presidential election
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Herb Keinon - September 14, 2012 - 12:00am


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu dismissed as “completely groundless” allegations he is manufacturing a crisis with US President Barack Obama just before the November 6 American election to influence the outcome in favor of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Netanyahu, in a Rosh Hashana interview with The Jerusalem Post that will appear in full on Sunday, said his call for the United States and the international community to set red lines for Iran was not at all connected with the US political campaign.


Israel on the Ballot
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
(Editorial) September 13, 2012 - 12:00am


It’s difficult to recall a time when an Israeli prime minister has inserted himself into a presidential election campaign in the way that Benjamin Netanyahu has. It’s even harder to recall a time when a trusted ally openly urged the American president to undertake a questionable, unpopular and highly risky war. We sure hope Netanyahu knows what he’s doing, because the stakes for him — and for the two nations he professes to care about the most — could not be higher.


Israeli Fallout
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Eric L. Lewis - (Opinion) September 13, 2012 - 12:00am


It should go without saying, but apparently does not, that the tragic crisis unfolding in the Middle East calls for sober statesmanship rather than political posturing. The jihadist murder of the American ambassador to a newly liberated Libya; the carnage unleashed by the Assad regime on the Syrian people; the emergence of a Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt; the conundrum of Iranian nuclear ambitions — the region presents decades worth of complex challenges telescoped into real time.


The abandonment
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Charles Krauthammer - (Opinion) September 13, 2012 - 12:00am


There are two positions one can take regarding the Iranian nuclear program: (a) it doesn’t matter, we can deter them; or (b) it does matter, we must stop them. In my view, the first position — that we can contain Iran as we did the Soviet Union — is totally wrong, a product of wishful thinking and misread history. But at least it’s internally coherent.



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