Israeli Defense Chief Says Iran Postponed Nuclear Ambitions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Rick Gladstone - October 31, 2012 - 12:00am

Israel’s defense minister said Tuesday that the country had interpreted Iran’s conversion of some enriched uranium to fuel rods for civilian use as evidence that Iran had delayed ambitions to build a nuclear weapon.

PLO lobbies for convincing win in UN vote
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
by Noah Browning, Ali Sawafta - October 31, 2012 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- Palestinians have launched a diplomatic blitz aimed at garnering a strong majority for a vote granting them non-member statehood at the United Nations slated for next month, officials said Tuesday. Despite heading for a sure victory in the UN General Assembly, mostly consisting of post-colonial states historically sympathetic to the Palestinians, West Bank diplomats are courting European countries to further burnish their campaign.

October 30th

Jimmy Carter on Mideast peace, Arab Spring and looming US elections
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ahram Online
(Interview) October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

  Ahram Online: You said in a recent interview that Israel 'never' keeps its promises regarding the rights of Palestinians. Were there any changes on the ground that prompted the so-called 'Elders' to visit the region to attempt to restart peace talks?

The Not So Special U.S.-Israel Relationship
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Andrew Apostolou - (Opinion) October 29, 2012 - 12:00am


Israel is at War, Whether Netanyahu Admits it or Not
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Yaron London - (Opinion) October 29, 2012 - 12:00am

  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toots his own horn that during his term as prime minister, we have not gone to war. He explains his success by stating that war became superfluous once the Israel he headed demonstrated a resolve and determination that deterred its enemies.

Challenging politics as usual in the U.S.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Rami Khouri - (Opinion) October 29, 2012 - 12:00am

  Two very different ways for the United States to deal with Arabs and Israelis were on show last week in the United States. The contrast was stunning between the televised debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in which “I Love Israel more than You Love Israel” was the background theme song that permeated most discussions of issues, and a letter to Congress by 15 American religious leaders asking for aid to Israel to be assessed according to law-based human rights standards that Washington applies around the world.

The rich irony: Romney’s many financial ties to Iran
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
by Mel Levine - (Blog) October 27, 2012 - 12:00am

During last Monday’s foreign policy debate, President Obama systematically refuted Governor Mitt Romney’s accusations about US policy on Iran.

Time to stop digging and start building
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Matthew Brooks - (Opinion) October 29, 2012 - 12:00am

  As Will Rogers said, “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!" In the last four years, the Obama administration has dug our country deeper and deeper into several painful and dangerous holes. It's time to stop digging and find better solutions.

The end of rocket fire from Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gershon Baskin - (Opinion) October 29, 2012 - 12:00am

There is an argument within the Israeli security establishment regarding what should be done vis-àvis the Gaza Strip. All agree that the continued rocket fire from Gaza against the civilian population in the south is intolerable and must be stopped. The argument is mainly between those who favor a major military operation a la Cast Lead II and those who believe that developments in Egypt, Qatari influence in Gaza and some of the more pragmatic elements inside of Hamas can contain the more radical militant forces inside the Gaza strip.

Qatar’s Gaza gambit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Kenneth Bandler - (Opinion) October 29, 2012 - 12:00am

Recep Tayyip Erdogan earnestly wanted to be the first head of state to visit Hamas-controlled Gaza. Turkey’s Islamist prime minister had hoped to add the stop to his Cairo visit in September 2011, when he also traveled to Tunisia and Libya to join new governments in celebrating the Islamist fruits of the Arab Spring. But he changed his mind just before leaving Turkey for his regional tour. “I will not visit Gaza, but I’m longing to visit Gaza as soon as possible,” said a disheartened Erdogan.

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