NEWS: Jewish congregations experience controversy in embracing the Palestinian UN upgrade. Israel says it's moving forward with controversial building plans in near occupied East Jerusalem. Pres. Abas says the plans cross a Palestinian and international red line. Palestinians would face many obstacles in trying to bring international criminal prosecution against Israeli officials. Palestinians say Israeli settlement construction is leading to the creation of a single, unequal state. PM Netanyahu says Israel is still committed to a two-state solution. Deputy FM Ayalon is dumped from his party's election list. The UK downplays the prospect of European economic sanctions against Israel. Palestinians say European states are considering ways of reviving peace negotiations. Israel's high court is hearing a case about a law that allows the targets of boycotts to sue boycotters. Chancellor Merkel is reportedly warning Netanyahu that Israel faces further isolation without a meaningful peace process in place. Hamas says it wants to reopen the airport in southern Gaza. Efforts to include retaliatory measures against the Palestinians for their UN upgrade fail in the US Senate. COMMENTARY: Tom Friedman says missile defense systems and walls are not enough to protect Israel. Carlo Strenger says Netanyahu is leading Israel into an abyss.Yossi Alpher says the UN may have set the stage for a rebirth of the peace process. The Jerusalem Post argues that it's completely reasonable for Israel to be excluded from the NPT and nuclear nonproliferation regimes. Jill Jacobs says the silence of Jewish-American groups over Israel's planned expansion of the E1 settlement block is shocking. The Forward condemns the plan. Osama Al Sharif says the UN vote upgrading Palestine has transformed the legal and diplomatic context of the issue. Ian Buruma says history shows the kind of rule Israel is conducting in the occupied Palestinian territories is very fragile. Khaled al-Houroub says Abbas should go to Gaza. Danny Rubinstein says Israeli-Palestinian economic ties have declined and are unlikely to improve under the current circumstances. Saree Makdisi says that if Israel will not agree to two-state solution, it must accept a single, equitable state.

If Not Two States, Then One
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Saree Makdisi - (Opinion) December 5, 2012 - 1:00am


Israeli-Palestinian Economic Ties Decline
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Danny Rubenstein - (Opinion) December 5, 2012 - 1:00am


Abu Mazen Should Go to Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
(Opinion) December 5, 2012 - 1:00am


The observer state of Palestine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Ian Buruma - (Opinion) December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

  Palestine is no longer an “entity”, but a state — or, to be precise, a non-member observer state of the United Nations, just like the Holy See.

Palestinian statehood
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Osama Al-Sharif - (Opinion) December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

  The look on the US representative at the United Nations Susan Rice’s face said it all. She had a bad day at the office last Thursday, when 138 nations voted for a General Assembly resolution to upgrade Palestine’s status to a non-member observer state at the international body.

Two States and E1
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
(Editorial) December 5, 2012 - 1:00am


Jews Keep Head in Sand on 'E1' Settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Jill Jacobs - (Opinion) December 4, 2012 - 1:00am


The UN’s NPT vote
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
(Editorial) December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

In yet another anti-Israel vote backed by an overwhelming majority, the UN General Assembly singled out Israel – not Iran or Syria – for supposedly violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.In a 174-6 with six abstentions, the General Assembly called on Israel Monday to join the NPT &

The UN may have given birth to a new peace paradigm
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Alpher - (Opinion) December 5, 2012 - 1:00am


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