Netanyahu can blame himself for decline in Israel's world standing
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) December 22, 2010 - 1:00am

Israel has embarked on a vanguard diplomatic effort to foil the Palestinian initiative to gain international recognition for Palestine in the 1967 borders, and to fend off a resolution in the UN Security Council condemning settlements.

Holy Land Patriarch voices hope for peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Statesman
by Danielle Cheslow - December 22, 2010 - 1:00am

The top Roman Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land lamented the stalemate in Mideast peace efforts on in his annual pre-Christmas address Tuesday but said he still sees reason for hope. In his annual pre-Christmas address, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal urged his followers not to give up, despite a deadlock in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that has extended for nearly three months. "We suffer from the failure of direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority," Twal said, but added, "This should not lead us to despair."

Israel sees new anti-tank missile threat from Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Alertnet
by Dan Williams - December 22, 2010 - 1:00am

Militants in Gaza used an advanced Russian-designed missile against an Israeli tank this month, Israel's military chief said on Tuesday, underscoring how smuggled weaponry has improved Palestinian combat capabilities.

PA Cabinet: Setting new date for local elections
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
December 22, 2010 - 1:00am

The appointed government cabinet said Monday that it intended to enforce last week's Supreme Court decision which called the decision to postpone municipal elections illegal, and mandated that new elections be held immediately. "In accordance with the law," a statement following the regular Tuesday cabinet meeting said, ministers "discussed the required procedures for setting a new date to hold the elections," and appointed the Minister of Local Government "to provide an integrated visualization to the Cabinet in this regard."

UN has 'serious concerns' over home demolitions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
December 22, 2010 - 1:00am

The UN's Humanitarian Coordinator in Jerusalem told reporters Wednesday that the displacement of a Jerusalem family whose home was demolished the day before "raises serious concerns with regard to Israel’s obligations under international law.” The UN's Maxwell Gaylard, issued a statement after visiting the family of 13 whose home in the Ras Al Amud neighborhood of East Jerusalem was torn down on Tuesday by order of the municipality of Jerusalem, under the Israeli government.

Israel Plans Public Appeal to Ask U.S. to Free a Spy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - December 22, 2010 - 1:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel will officially and publicly appeal to President Obama in the coming days for the release of Jonathan Jay Pollard, the American serving a life term in a North Carolina prison for spying for Israel, Mr. Netanyahu’s office announced Tuesday. A public request, as opposed to Israel’s discreet efforts in the past, would constitute a new approach in the campaign for Mr. Pollard’s release and an additional twist in a long and painful chapter in Israeli-American relations.

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