July 26th

Left For Dead
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Tablet Magazine
by Liel Leibowitz - (Opinion) July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

Anyone following Israeli politics is likely, at some point, to come across the following brief history of the past decade: After the collapse of the 2000 Camp David talks—a catastrophe generated, depending on one’s worldview, either by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s inflexibility or by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s incompetence—the majority of Israelis drifted rightward, and the left, once a robust voting bloc, melted into thin air.

FEATURE-Six months on, Egypt's revolt disappoints Gazans
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
(Editorial) July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

They had hoped this Ramadan would be different. But many Palestinians who find themselves again penned into Gaza for the holiday are blaming Egypt, the neighbouring Arab power which, after toppling President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, had pledged to free up travel across the shared border. The dismay reflects the misgivings of many Egyptians about the prospects for reform under Cairo's caretaker military rulers, who appear beholden to U.S. largesse and in no rush to reverse Mubarak's unpopular Palestinian policies.

Colonising with impunity
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
(Editorial) July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

There was hardly any international reaction, or an even Arab reaction for that matter, to the latest Israeli plan to build hundreds of housing units in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority did voice some concern but it was also muted. It is as if the world has become numb when hearing news about Israeli plans to construct yet more and more houses or apartments on Palestinian land even when they are intended to be located in the heart of the Palestinian territory.

Encountering Peace: In search of a rational discourse
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gershon Baskin - (Opinion) July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

Despite the threats of a US veto and a congressional decision to cease US financial support to the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian leadership is resolute to bring the issue of Palestinian statehood to the United Nations.

Question of Birth Becomes One of President’s Power
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Adam Liptak - July 25, 2011 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON — Menachem Zivotofsky was born in Jerusalem. But was he born in Israel? Congress says yes. In 2002, it directed the State Department to “record the place of birth as Israel” in passports of American children born in Jerusalem if their parents ask. President George W. Bush signed that bill about three weeks before Menachem was born. But Mr. Bush also said he would not obey it.

Israel’s ‘threat’ to void the Oslo Accords will only harm Netanyahu
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - (Opinion) July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

On Monday, Barak Ravid revealed to readers of this newspaper that the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem was considering punishing the Palestinians for their declaration of statehood by scrapping the Oslo Accords. Take part in our poll on this topic on the Haaretz.com Facebook page This "threat" is akin to a fellow saying he'll cut off his own nose to spite someone else's face. If the Oslo Accords did not exist, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have had to invent them.

There is no Arab left-wing in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Salman Masalha - (Opinion) July 26, 2011 - 12:00am

There's no left without Arabs, states Oudeh Basharat (Haaretz, July 19), adding: "Had the 11 MKs of the Hadash faction and the Arab factions evaporated during the vote on the Boycott Law, the difference in favor of supporters of the law would have increased from nine to 20 votes."

July 25th

Israel’s opportunity to stop a train wreck
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Boston Globe
by James Carroll - (Opinion) July 18, 2011 - 12:00am

EVER SINCE outgoing Middle East envoy George Mitchell used the phrase “train wreck’’ with Charlie Rose in May, it has become jargon for what will happen in September when the Palestinian leadership goes to the United Nations seeking “full membership for the state of Palestine.” The Netanyahu government is so gravely threatened that it has made opposition to the UN affirmation of Palestinian independence a litmus test of loyalty to Israel. A catastrophe looms.

Force and anti-force in the United Nations
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gidi Grinstein - (Opinion) July 24, 2011 - 12:00am

Israel and the Palestinians may be advancing toward understandings with regard to recognition of Palestinian statehood in 2011. While it seems that both parties are determinedly heading toward confrontation, this outcome is made possible by the powerful interests that are at stake.

Political Elites Have Failed Israelis and Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Huffington Post
by Howard Sumka - (Opinion) July 24, 2011 - 12:00am

Weeks away from the anticipated and highly contentious United Nations General Assembly vote on Palestinian statehood, it's timely to ask what went wrong and what might move the issue in a better direction. Despite fears of the Palestinian streets reacting in frustration, it is appropriate now to look to the street for the solution.

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