Can Israel Survive Without a Palestinian State?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
(Analysis) September 15, 2011 - 12:00am

Introduction As delegates gather in New York for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly next week, the U.S. was seeking a last-minute compromise to delay a U.N. vote supporting Palestinian statehood. Turkey and Egypt have lent support to such a resolution, and American negotiators in the Middle East were in talks aimed at averting the U.N. vote.

The moment of truth
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bitterlemons
by Ghassan Khatib - (Opinion) September 15, 2011 - 12:00am

About a week before the start of the annual meeting of the United Nations, during which Palestinians plan to submit an application for state membership, efforts are intensifying to either avoid the move entirely or influence it.

Will the US declare independence at UN?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
by John V. Whitbeck - (Opinion) September 15, 2011 - 12:00am

WHILE many questions relating to the State of Palestine's imminent application for UN membership are being raised and vigorously debated, one relevant question has not been. That question is how American national interests would be harmed if Palestine were to be admitted as the 194th member of the United Nations, as it clearly would be in the absence of an American veto. Perhaps the question is not being raised and debated because no potential adverse consequences — at least for the United States and the American people — can be envisioned and cited to justify a veto.

Arab world at a crossroads
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by George S. Hishmeh - (Opinion) September 15, 2011 - 12:00am

As fall, the American term for autumn, approaches, seemingly slowly, two seasons after the launching of the Arab Spring noted for the unprecedented uprisings that have so far swept three Arab regimes — Tunisia, Egypt and Libya — the troubling question remains when will this Arab tsunami end since two additional autocratic regimes — Syria and Yemen — are still in the midst of bloody confrontations.

A Friend In Deed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
(Editorial) September 14, 2011 - 12:00am

Imagine, for a moment, what might have happened if the President had not taken the Prime Minister’s phone call. It was the night of September 9. The lives of six Israelis locked in their embassy in Cairo hung in the balance, as a surge of angry Egyptians scaled the concrete wall surrounding the building, tore down the blue-and-white flag, and pillaged the offices. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to reach Mohammed Tantawi, head of Egypt’s Supreme Military Council, but somehow, he couldn’t be located. Desperate, Netanyahu called President Obama for help.

Only Palestinians can create a new Palestine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Tareq Baconi - (Opinion) September 15, 2011 - 12:00am

The flurry of activity around the coming UN vote on Palestinian statehood suggests this is a key moment in the struggle for self-determination. While that might be the case, it is not because of the vote itself. Independently of the vote's outcome, the Palestinian move has already had a positive impact on the ground. It has also transformed the way Palestinians are approaching their struggle by precipitating a drive for self-empowerment in anticipation of this moment.

Israel does not want a Palestinian state. Period.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gideon Levy - (Opinion) September 15, 2011 - 12:00am

What will we tell the world next week, at the UN? What could we say? Whether in the General Assembly or the Security Council, we will be exposed in all our nakedness: Israel does not want a Palestinian state. Period. And it doesn't have a single persuasive argument against the establishment and the international recognition of such a state.

In would-be Palestinian state, a dose of reality
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Alertnet
by Tom Perry - (Opinion) September 15, 2011 - 12:00am

In another world, the tented village at al Hadidiya might mark the farthest reaches of a future Palestine. Instead, the herding community living here talk about the limits of that dream. Nestled in the northeast corner of the West Bank, al Hadidiya amounts to a cluster of sprawling sackcloth encampments which shelter families and goats from the fierce desert elements. Even if Palestinian leaders win U.N. recognition of statehood this month, the people of al Hadidiya say it will not improve their lives, squeezed by the rules of Israeli occupation.

Yes to Palestine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Reza Aslan - (Opinion) September 15, 2011 - 12:00am

Later this month, the Palestinian Authority intends to go before the United Nations to request recognition of an independent Palestinian state. Although there is strong backing for the bid, the United States, in the name of supporting Israel, has stated its willingness to use its Security Council veto power to keep the Palestinians from joining the U.N. as a full voting member. The U.S. has also refused to join in a more symbolic General Assembly vote that could change the Palestinians' status from a "nonvoting observer entity" to a "nonvoting observer state."

Israel and New York’s Ninth District
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
(Editorial) September 15, 2011 - 12:00am

There has already been a lot of theorizing about why a little-known Republican businessman, Bob Turner, won Tuesday’s special Congressional election in a traditionally Democratic New York City district. The grim economy appears to have been a big factor in his victory over Assemblyman David Weprin, and some voters also complained about Mr. Weprin’s principled vote in Albany to legalize gay marriage, which was anathema to many ultra-Orthodox Jewish voters.

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