Reckless behavior
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to freeze the transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority and build 3,000 housing units in the West Bank is nothing less than reckless behavior. The decision to punish the PA has provoked a confrontation with the international community, which voted overwhelmingly to accept the Palestinians as a nonmember observer state at the United Nations.

Why did Israel kill Jabari?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Reuven Pedatzur - (Opinion) December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

The real story behind Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza has not yet been investigated, but now that the explosions have stopped, we are obligated to delve into the truth. The decision to kill Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari, which was the opening shot of the operation, was made even though he was involved in negotiations on signing a long-term cease-fire agreement.

Mr. Netanyahu’s Strategic Mistake
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
(Editorial) December 3, 2012 - 1:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel seems determined to escalate a crisis by retaliating against the Palestinians after the United Nations General Assembly voted to elevate Palestine to observer state status. Instead of looking for ways to halt a downward spiral, Mr. Netanyahu on Monday defiantly dug in on his plans to build 3,000 more housing units in contested areas east of Jerusalem and in the West Bank, and to continue planning a development in the most contentious area known as E1.

The E1 emergency
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from NOW Lebanon
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

You can't say Israel and United States didn't warn each other, or that they didn't see this coming. The Americans anticipated a potential Israeli overreaction to the Palestinian United Nations status upgrade to "nonmember observer state." And there was one measure they particularly wanted to prevent: new Israeli settlement construction in the hypersensitive E1 corridor near Jerusalem. 

ATFP Asks US to Ensure No Israeli Building in E1
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from ATFP
December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

Dec. 3, Washington, DC -- The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) today urged the Obama administration to use all its good offices with Israel to ensure that settlement expansion reportedly being considered in the highly sensitive “E1 corridor" not take place.

UN chief accuses Syria of violating Golan accord with Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is accusing the Syrian government of serious violations of the 1974 agreement that separated Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights and is calling on both countries to halt firing across the cease-fire line. Ban urged Syria to stop deploying troops and military equipment in the disputed zone.

Hamas' Al-Zahar urges Fatah members to join armed resistance
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar on Monday urged Fatah members to join the armed resistance. "Come to the program of resistance and stop wasting time and efforts, let’s put our hands together and carry the gun," al-Zahar said at a ceremony to honor the victims of Israel's war on Gaza.

UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Edith M. Lederer - December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

UNITED NATIONS —The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just canceled.

Israel arrests settlers suspected of W.Bank attacks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Dan Williams - December 3, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Israeli police arrested three Jewish settlers on Monday whom they suspect of arson and other attacks on Palestinian property in the occupied West Bank. At a time of heightened diplomatic tension over claims to the land, the men were found carrying fuel and spikes shortly after a car was torched in a Palestinian village near Hebron. A police spokesman said they had appeared to be about to conduct a second attack in another village nearby when they were detained.

Palestinians ready to resume peace talks after UN bid: chief negotiator
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
December 3, 2012 - 1:00am

RAMALLAH, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a special interview with Xinhua on Monday that the Palestinians are ready to resume the peace talks with Israel based on new references after the United Nations granted the Palestinians the status of a non-member observer state.

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