NOTE: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, ATFP's World News Round-Up will resume service on Monday, Nov. 26. NEWS: Several Israelis are wounded in a bus bombing in Tel Aviv. Gaza continues to come under heavy Israeli bombardment. The US steps up efforts to help mediate a cease-fire, which is proving elusive. Haaretz details its account of Tuesday's negotiations. UNSG Ban calls for an end to the violence. Israeli airstrikes kill three Palestinian journalists, and attack international media centers. The conflict may be returning the Palestinian issue to center stage in the Middle East. Palestinian mourners clash with Israeli forces during several protests in the occupied West Bank. The PA appears sidelined by the conflict. PM Erdogan accuses Israel of "ethnic cleansing." A major challenge facing Hamas in a truce would be convincing or coercing smaller groups to cooperate. A 15-year-old Egyptian cyber activist helps Gaza residents prepare for a possible Internet shutdown. COMMENTARY: Israeli Amb. Oren explains his country's policies towards Gaza as self-defense but Seumas Milne says Palestinians are the ones who have a right to defend themselves. David Makovsky says Egypt has a crucial role to play in forging a truce. Lara Friedman highlights the American role. David Ignatius says conflict is only inevitable if peace is ignored. The Washington Post says the conflict highlights the importance of American engagement. Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff say neither Israel nor Hamas think a truce would last indefinitely. Nahum Barnea says although Israel has achieved its goal, its government is looking to convey a sense of "victory." Leonard Fein says Israel and the Palestinians seem trapped in an endless cycle of violence. Tariq Alhomayed says the conflict has restored Khalid Mishal's role as Hamas' leader and regional figure. Rami Khouri says if it's just a temporary fix, a cease-fire will be futile. Alsir Sidahmed says Israel's goals in the operation go far beyond Gaza. Bassem Sabry says Egypt is trying to forge a new role for itself through the cease-fire negotiations. Brent Sasley says Israel has an interest in Palestinian national reconciliation. Hussein Ibish, looking mainly at Israeli examples, says demonization doesn't justify violence, and David Pollock looks at similar coverage in Palestinian media.

Israel-Hamas fight highlights role for U.S.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
(Editorial) November 21, 2012 - 1:00am


Palestinian Media on Gaza: Contrasting the PA and Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
(Opinion) November 20, 2012 - 1:00am


Demonization Is No Excuse
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) November 21, 2012 - 1:00am


Unite, Don’t Divide, The Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Brent Sasley - (Opinion) November 20, 2012 - 1:00am


The New Egypt Confronts An Old Crisis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
(Opinion) November 20, 2012 - 1:00am


Netanyahu’s game plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
(Opinion) November 21, 2012 - 1:00am

The Israeli attack on Gaza seems to be more of an attempt to draw lines and affect the emerging Middle East following the Arab Spring than just retaliating against Hamas.In fact, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to engage into a bigger military operation could be seen as sending a message to the newly re-elected President Barak Obama, a test to Egypt’s President Muhammad Mursi and the emerging Islamist forces in the region and on the top of that to ser

A Gaza cease-fire: historic or futile?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Rami Khouri - (Opinion) November 21, 2012 - 1:00am


Now, Khalid Mishal is the leader
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Tariq Alhomayed - (Opinion) November 21, 2012 - 1:00am

  Why is everybody now seeking a truce or ceasefire in Gaza, particularly Israel and Hamas, as is evident from their statements, not to mention Egypt, of course? The answer is very simple, and becomes clearer day after day, namely that Israel has achieved its objectives, as has Hamas, whilst Egypt – which is in the eye of the storm – has other motives.

Israel and Gaza Trapped in Tragic Tape Loop
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Forward
by Leonard Fein - (Opinion) November 21, 2012 - 1:00am

  How much collateral damage is too much?

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