Hussein Ibish argues that the "Arab street" is both a pernicious myth and a dynamic reality that bears no resemblance to the bogeyman of the Western imagination. Relatives say Israel is secretly holding a Palestinian man from Gaza. PM Netanyahu is under heavy political pressure. Israeli Amb. Oren says his country welcomes Arab democracy. Uri Dromi says Israel needs a new leadership for peace. A Gaza crossing is still closed due to a transport strike as Hamas urges Egypt to ease movement of people. Netanyahu's new adviser could be a sign of change. Netanyahu requests a meeting with Pres. Obama. Hamas may be planning to resume operations in the West Bank. Israeli leftists plan a new settlement. Bedouins reject compensation from the Israeli government. Larry Derfner takes another look at pro-Israel arguments. A former Mossad chief doubts a deal between Israel and the Palestinians is possible. Israel may soon have its first museum of Arab culture and art. A Knesset committee will investigate the activities of J Street. Ahmad Majdoubeh says Israel may face Palestinian protests. The Jordan Times denounces Netanyahu's position on the Jordan Valley. Aaron David Miller says there may be a flurry of peace process activity coming up, but prospects of success bleak.

2011: The Year of the (Bad) Initiative
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Aaron David Miller - (Opinion) March 11, 2011 - 1:00am

This is going to be a great year for Middle East peace initiatives, but likely a very bad one for Middle East peace.

Unhelpful posturing
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
(Editorial) March 11, 2011 - 1:00am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear his country’s belligerent position when he confirmed that Israel will deploy troops along the Jordan River no matter what, even if there are successful peace negotiations and a Palestinian state comes into being. Such a declaration is also meant to dash all hopes for peace, not only with the Palestinians but with its other neighbours as well.

When is Israel’s turn?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Ahmad Majdoubeh - (Opinion) March 11, 2011 - 1:00am

The recent popular uprisings and demonstrations in a number of Arab countries, largely motivated by desire for more freedom and better economic conditions, have already achieved many tangible results, despite the various complications they are encountering.

Knesset committee to discuss J Street
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
March 10, 2011 - 1:00am

An Israeli Knesset committee will hold a hearing on the activities of J Street. The Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Public Diplomacy Committee said Wednesday that the hearing on J Street, which calls itself a "pro-Israel, pro-peace" organization, will be held as soon as next week. Americans for Peace Now said it was outraged by the hearing.

Israel to get first museum of Arab art and culture
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Harriet Sherwood - (Blog) March 10, 2011 - 1:00am

In a spring storm of driving rain this week, I visited an art gallery in Umm al-Fahm, an Israeli-Arab city just north of the West Bank. Sitting on a mountain ridge, the town is home to around 50,000 Arab citizens of Israel and its gallery is the only venue in Israel dedicated to Palestinian and Arab art and culture.

Halevy doubts chance of final deal with Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Greer Fay Cashman - March 11, 2011 - 1:00am

Ex-Mossad head: Interim agreement would be most workable; says, "To end conflict, we need to bring an end to mutual demands on both sides." The most feasible peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority would involve interim borders, and though a final peace treaty would be desirable, it is unlikely that one could be implemented, former Mossad chief and national security adviser Efraim Halevy told reporters on Thursday.

Rattling The Cage: More tips for information warriors
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Larry Derfner - (Opinion) March 9, 2011 - 1:00am

In the week since you received the first sheet of talking points, the matzav – the situation, meaning Israel’s situation with the Arabs and the goyim at large – has become more urgent than ever. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he is preparing a plan that will bring peace with the Palestinians, yet he was left off the cover of Time magazine. Defense Minister Ehud Barak asked the US for $20 billion in additional military aid, yet the money has not arrived.

Bedouin reject compensation offer, accusing Israel of land grab
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Zafrir Rinat - March 10, 2011 - 1:00am

The Israeli government is trying to wedge a divide within the Bedouin community in the Negev in order to seize its lands, Bedouin representatives said on Thursday, in response to a reported government initiative to settle the issue of unrecognized Bedouin settlements in southern Israel.

Left-leaning youth movement to initiate new West Bank settlement
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gili Cohen - March 11, 2011 - 1:00am

The left-leaning Bnei Hamoshavim youth movement is planning to build a new settlement for its graduates in the Jordan Valley, Army Radio reported on Thursday. At a meeting between the movement's secretary general, Eyal Uzon, and the head of the Jordan Valley regional council, David Alhiani, himself a Bnei Hamoshavim graduate, the movement was offered the abandoned Gadi military base, near Moshav Mesua, which is beyond the Green Line.

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