The Goldberg Variations
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) January 18, 2013 - 1:00am


Embarrassment at Israeli President Shimon Peres's House
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Shlomi Eldar - (Opinion) January 18, 2013 - 1:00am

  It was supposed to be a routine ceremony, just another one of those events that appear on the official calendar of the President’s House. People give speeches and applaud, someone receives a trophy or certificate, and the guests share in the excitement of participating in some official event or other. Then everyone goes back home to get on with their day-to-day business.

EU Trade Sustains Israeli Settlements in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Dalia Hatuqa - (Opinion) January 18, 2013 - 1:00am


Is Obama getting tougher on Israeli prime minister?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
by Hassan Barari - (Opinion) January 18, 2013 - 1:00am

In closed-door briefings, President Barack Obama leveled tough criticisms at the Israeli leadership. “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are,” he told his associates. President Obama warned that the policies adopted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had only complicated Israel’s status within the international community.

From whence the defense stink comes
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Sarid - (Opinion) January 18, 2013 - 1:00am

  Yaakov Sharett this week reminded us of some things we had forgotten. Writing to Haaretz, he quoted directly from the documentation in the diary kept by his father Moshe Sharett, Israel’s second prime minister. “Sharett: ‘In the army there is no truth.’’’

Whatever happens after Tuesday's elections, American Jews won’t abandon Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Dov Waxman - (Opinion) January 18, 2013 - 1:00am


Barak's Last Battle
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Affairs
(Opinion) January 18, 2013 - 1:00am


Israel's Left in the Dark
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Affairs
by Noam Sheizaf - (Opinion) January 18, 2013 - 1:00am


PM: Obama and I do have our differences on peace process
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Herb Keinon - (Opinion) January 18, 2013 - 1:00am

He is in an enviable political position, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He is in a political position most other world leaders would die for.

NEWS: The New York Times looks at the use of TV in Israel's election. Right-wing parties appear to have a commanding lead in the polls, but PM Netanyahu might try to form a coalition with political centrists. Some Palestinians despair over the prospect of another Netanyahu victory. Netanyahu pledges that if he is elected, no settlements in the occupied West Bank will be dismantled. The rise of extremist politician Naftali Bennett may have little to do with his annexation plans. A joint Jewish-Arab party in Israel is trying to make headway. Some analysts believe the economy, not peace issues, will dominate the agenda of the next Israeli government. Officials from Hamas and Fatah say they have agreed on a timetable for implementing reconciliation agreements. The Palestinian Election Commission says it still waiting for permission to resume operating in Gaza. 12 Palestinian refugees are killed in Syria. PM Fayyad says the PA's fiscal crisis is gradually improving. Contradicting some other security officials, senior occupation officers say they don't think another intifada is brewing. Israel may be quietly backing away from highly controversial settlement expansion plans. COMMENTARY: The Jerusalem Post interviews Netanyahu. Noam Sheizaf looks at the fragmentation of the Israeli left. Jonathan Tepperman profiles DM Barak. Roger Cohen says historically there is no right of return for refugees. Dov Waxman says Jewish Americans aren't going to abandon Israel. Yossi Sarid says there is a culture of lying in the Israeli military that no politicians have succeeded, and few have tried, to rectify. Hassan Barari thinks Pres. Obama will be too focused on domestic issues to confront Netanyahu on peace. Dalia Hatuqa says, despite constant criticism of settlement activity, trade with Europe actually sustains settlements. Daniel Birnbaum complains about the treatment of Palestinians at Pres. Peres' house. Hussein Ibish says columnist Jeffrey Goldberg has been subjected to unfair attacks by both the extreme left and right.

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