Palestinians may not trust Netanyahu yet. But they would do well to test him
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Jonathan Freedland - (Analysis) February 10, 2010 - 1:00am

Tired of the jokes about his wife, perhaps, Northern Ireland's first minister, Peter Robinson, last week cracked a gag of his own. Marking an end to more than 100 hours of talks, he said that the province would be lobbying for the inclusion of negotiating as an Olympic sport in time for the London games of 2012 – and that Northern Ireland would win the gold medal.

Can Gaza become a Somalia or Yemen?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Matthew Levitt - (Opinion) February 10, 2010 - 1:00am

The recent arrest of an organized cell in the northern West Bank inspired by al-Qaida’s ideology is a stark reminder of the expanding nature of the threat facing Israel. Today, threats come not only from the enemies it has long known, such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad which target Israel at home, but from new and potentially more dangerous ones, such as radicalized individuals in the West Bank or formalized groups such as Jaish al Islam and Jund Ansar Allah in the Gaza Strip, that are ideologically aligned with al-Qaida and are eager to globalize the assault on Israel.

PA corruption and sex scandal called Israeli conspiracy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - February 10, 2010 - 1:00am

The Palestinian Authority expressed their outrage on Wednesday at Israel's Channel 10 report of a video found depicting one of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' senior advisors in compromising positions with a woman candidate applying to work in his office. According to a PA official, the report was merely an Israeli smear campaign meant to embarrass Abbas.

Israeli-Palestinian peace would neutralize Iran threat
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by A.B. Yehoshua - (Opinion) February 10, 2010 - 1:00am

Since the end of World War II the world has been rife with bloody conflicts in which, or after which, entire population groups have been murdered. One could cite the slaughter of millions by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, or the horrific tribal war in Rwanda, or the brutality in the former Yugoslavia, or the devastation in southern Sudan. But despite all this, the United Nations decided to devote a special memorial day only to the Holocaust of the Jews in Europe.

Defense Minister and IDF chief clash over Ashkenazi's future
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel - February 10, 2010 - 1:00am

Severe tension has developed between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi - Barak is furious over what he sees as Ashkenazi's efforts to get his term extended for an exceptional fifth year. This issue prompted senior ministry officials to lash out at IDF Spokesman Avi Benayahu on Tuesday. Ashkenazi is slated to finish his four-year term in February 2011. Three weeks ago, however, Haaretz reported that he is angling for a fifth year, claiming the sensitive security situation and the lack of a suitable replacement make this necessary.

Israeli soldier killed by Palestinian officer in West Bank knife attack
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chaim Levinson - February 10, 2010 - 1:00am

An Israel Defense Forces soldier was killed Wednesday in a knife attack in the West Bank. The soldier was named as Ihab Khatib from Kfar Maghar. Khatib was a non-commissioned officer in the Kfir Brigade. The incident occurred at Tapuach Junction, south of the West Bank city of Nablus. The assailant, named as Palestinian officer Mahmoud al-Khatib, has been apprehended. Al-Khatib, a resident of the village of Ya'abed south of Jenin, serves as an officer in the civilian Palestinian police force.

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