December 18th

Israel pushes on with east Jerusalem building plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Aron Heller - December 17, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM —Israel on Monday said it was pushing forward with plans to build hundreds of homes in a Jewish settlement of east Jerusalem, risking renewed tensions with the Palestinians and its Western allies over the contentious project.

Palestinian cause redefined as Hamas spins Pyrrhic victories
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) December 18, 2012 - 1:00am


West Bank Land, Empty but Full of Meaning
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Steven Erlanger - December 17, 2012 - 1:00am

AL ZAYYEM, West Bank — They buried Rabi al-Essawy 14 months ago on land his family owns not far from this village, between East Jerusalem and the large Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim. Mr. Essawy, 65, was a member of an important clan, and thousands attended his funeral.

Disingenuous Defenses of Netanyahu's Settlement Plans
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Lara Friedman - (Opinion) December 17, 2012 - 1:00am


Hamas and Fatah No Closer To Settling Their Differences
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Dalia Hatuqa - (Opinion) December 17, 2012 - 1:00am

  Amid the unprecedented West Bank celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of Hamas’ founding, questions are arising as to whether the Islamist Movement and Fatah are finally one step closer to reconciling their political differences. 

Encountering Peace: Partners in dispute
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gershon Baskin - (Opinion) December 17, 2012 - 1:00am

I got a letter today from a friend who has a senior position in one of Israel’s important ministries. He used to work with me. He has spent years in the IDF and was one of the people in charge of security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority. He wrote that he continues to admire my dedication to peace with the Palestinians, and that he has no doubt my reasons for continuing to believe and work for peace stem from my commitment to the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

The mountain and the mouse
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Nahum Barnea - (Opinion) December 14, 2012 - 1:00am

Avigdor Lieberman is a damaging politician. He is damaging as a foreign minister and he is damaging as the leader of a party that seeks to destroy the democratic regime. He also causes damage with the norms he has adopted for himself as a public figure, the improper means by which he made money for himself and members of his family and the trickery he used to thwart the investigations against him.

First Zoabi, then you
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
(Opinion) December 17, 2012 - 1:00am

Here we go again; as if this hasn't happened five times before. Knesset members from the extreme right are demanding that the Balad party and Hanin Zoabi be disqualified from the upcoming elections.

A Palestinian boycott of Israeli goods won't hurt Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - (Opinion) December 17, 2012 - 1:00am

  Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad called upon Palestinians on Saturday to boycott Israeli products, as a response to the Netanyahu government’s decision not to transfer to the PA the taxes and customs duties it is due to receive.

Netanyahu is pandering to the religious right
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Aluf Benn - (Opinion) December 17, 2012 - 1:00am

  In the previous election campaign Benjamin Netanyahu promised change, but back then he was in the opposition and wanted to return to power. Now, when he's asking the voters for four more years as prime minister, his campaign slogan should be "No change," "I don't want change," or simply "Netanyahu. The status quo."

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