Palestinian bid at U.N. distracts from the real crisis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from CNN
by Aaron David Miller - (Opinion) September 16, 2011 - 12:00am

(CNN) -- Rarely has so much time, energy and attention been devoted to an issue less consequential than this month's Palestinian bid for statehood at the U.N.—an episode characterized by hyperbole and muddled thinking on the part of just about everyone. The real crisis -- the one that is really worth worrying about -- is the improbability of a conflict-ending agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Donor Nations: Palestinians Ready for Statehood
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
September 19, 2011 - 12:00am

Donor nations on Sunday reaffirmed the Palestinian Authority's readiness for statehood based on new reports from key international financial institutions and the United Nations. The backing from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the U.N. and the donors as world leaders started arriving for high-level meetings at the General Assembly should give a boost to the Palestinians as they press their bid for U.N. membership as an independent state.

Israel: Adrift at Sea Alone
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Thomas L. Friedman - (Opinion) September 17, 2011 - 12:00am

I’VE never been more worried about Israel’s future. The crumbling of key pillars of Israel’s security — the peace with Egypt, the stability of Syria and the friendship of Turkey and Jordan — coupled with the most diplomatically inept and strategically incompetent government in Israel’s history have put Israel in a very dangerous situation.

Poll: Palestinians support UN bid, fear consequences
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
September 19, 2011 - 12:00am

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A majority of Palestinians support the bid for Palestine's membership of the UN, but expect a negative backlash, according to the results of a survey released Sunday. While 84 percent of Palestinians support the bid, 87 percent believe the US will react negatively, and 90 percent think Israel will respond by worsening the conditions of Palestinians, the September study by Ramallah-based research institute Near East Consulting said.

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