One more victory like that and Israel is done for
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yoel Marcus - (Opinion) May 27, 2011 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could have read the phone book at the Congress podium and received the same standing ovation. His speech used the advice Moshe Sneh gave to himself. The late MK wrote on the draft of one of his speeches "weak argument, raise voice."

G8 leaders omit mention of 1967 borders in Middle East statement
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
May 27, 2011 - 12:00am

Group of Eight leaders had to soften a statement urging Israel and the Palestinians to return to negotiations because Canada objected to a specific mention of 1967 borders, diplomats said on Friday. Canada's right-leaning Conservative government has adopted a staunchly pro-Israel position in international negotiations since coming to power in 2006, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying Canada will back Israel whatever the cost.

Former Mossad chief: Attempts to thwart PNA's statehood bid to backfire
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
May 26, 2011 - 12:00am

Israel should cease its efforts to prevent a possible United Nations General Assembly resolution in September recognizing a Palestinian state, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan has said. "Israel will be mistaken to attempt to block 'the September move' and the UN's expected recognition of a Palestinian state," local daily Ma'ariv on Thursday quoted Dagan as saying during a closed forum at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.

Netanyahu's U.S. trip helps strengthen hardline coalition in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Adam Gonn - May 27, 2011 - 12:00am

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned from a weeklong trip to the United States, he did so as a winner, both in his own eyes and the Israeli public's. "We found wide American support for Israel's basic demands," Netanyahu said Wednesday at a press conference after landing in Israel. According to a Dialog institute poll released on Thursday, 47 percent of the Israeli public believes Netanyahu's U.S. trip was a success, while only 10 percent viewed it as a failure.

Israel struggles to stop weapons smuggling at sea
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Aron Heller - May 27, 2011 - 12:00am

Israel's navy is casting its net wider and deeper in an effort to stop Gaza militants from receiving weapons by sea, a difficult mission made harder, Israel says, by political turmoil in Egypt and the Egyptian decision to fully reopen its border crossing with Gaza. In recent weeks, Palestinian militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza have aimed rockets at Israeli cities, far enough away that Israel is convinced the projectiles came from abroad, probably Iran.

Extremists could step into Mideast peace vacuum-Blair
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Adrian Croft - May 26, 2011 - 12:00am

Extremists will gain the upper hand unless Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are revived, Middle East envoy Tony Blair said on Thursday, warning that time was running out to get the peace process moving. Talks brokered by Washington collapsed last year when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a moratorium on new building in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Netanyahu told U.S. President Barack Obama last week that his vision of how to achieve Middle East peace was unrealistic, exposing a divide that could doom any U.S. bid to restart the talks.

Obama Walking a Fine Line on Borders Issue
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
by Robert Satloff - May 24, 2011 - 12:00am

One week ago, on May 19, President Barack Obama delivered powerful remarks on democracy and reform in the Middle East. He not only raised these normally hortatory ideals to top-tier U.S. interests, but he put the dictator of America's most dangerous Arab antagonist -- Syria's Bashar Assad -- on personal notice that he may soon find himself joining the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia in forced retirement. All this was welcome news.

Words vs. reality in Middle East
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Politico
by William Quandt - May 25, 2011 - 12:00am

The week of speechifying about the Middle East has blessedly come to an end. The refrain from “My Fair Lady’s” Eliza Doolittle keeps popping into my head: “words, words, words, I’m so sick of words.” But sometimes words reveal important changes in views. So let’s take a closer look. President Barack Obama seemed intent upon doing several things in his two speeches — one at the State Department last Thursday and one before the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday.

Should the Palestinians Recognize Israel as a Jewish State?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Policy
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) May 25, 2011 - 12:00am

Most observers expected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to target his harshest criticisms of the Palestinians during his U.S. trip on the Hamas-Fatah agreement. Surprisingly, his most important talking point turned out to be his demand for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a "Jewish state." To be sure, Netanyahu took every opportunity to denounce the Palestinian unity deal, compare Hamas to al Qaeda, and point out that some of its leaders had praised Osama bin Laden.

What Obama did to Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Charles Krauthammer - (Opinion) May 26, 2011 - 12:00am

Every Arab-Israeli negotiation contains a fundamental asymmetry: Israel gives up land, which is tangible; the Arabs make promises, which are ephemeral. The long-standing American solution has been to nonetheless urge Israel to take risks for peace while America balances things by giving assurances of U.S. support for Israel’s security and diplomatic needs.

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