Does helping Palestinians beautify the occupation?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - (Opinion) January 30, 2012 - 1:00am

There is a thorn in the side of the Israeli prohibitions industry, in the guise of several stubborn and persistent women of retirement age. In a word: nudniks. They are the MachsomWatch volunteers, who during the past seven years have been offering their persistence in order to appeal the travel ban that the Shin Bet security service imposes on Palestinians who seek work in Israel."

Theatrical failure of peace talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asia Times Online
by Victor Kotsov - (Opinion) January 31, 2012 - 1:00am

The Palestinians demand a clear Israeli position on borders (the borders of a prospective Palestinian state). Against all odds, the Palestinians receive a clear Israeli position on borders. The Palestinians then abandon the negotiations, blaming Israel.

Images of Occupation at Sundance
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Abra Cohen - (Film Review) January 31, 2012 - 1:00am

Selling out a screening or getting a standing ovation at Sundance is hard enough for a seasoned filmmaker, let alone for a farmer from the West Bank. But director Emad Burnat, from the village of Bil’in, brought Park City, Utah, to its feet with his debut documentary about his family’s life beyond the security barrier and amid Israeli settlements.

Hypocrisy Becoming the Norm at the Jerusalem Post?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Huffington Post
by PJ Dermer, Steve White - (Opinion) February 1, 2012 - 1:00am

Jerusalem Post Editor Steve Linde's "revelation," followed by his near instantaneous retraction that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told him "the two main enemies facing Israel are the New York Times and Israeli newspaper Haaretz," only add to the hypocrisy of the mini-saga surrounding our unsuccessful effort to publish a reasoned response to the slanderous attack Jerusalem Post commentator Carolyn Glick levied against the person and character of Major General Nitzan Alon in her editorial, "Our World: Netanyahu's misleading lessons in governance."

Implementing a Negotiated Settlement on the Palestinian Refugee Question: The International Dimensions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Chatham House
by Leila Hilal - (Analysis) January 1, 2012 - 1:00am

Today there are an estimated six million Palestinian refugees. Resolving their plight has been a core part of the peace agenda in the Middle East since 1948. While considerable diplomatic effort in the past two decades has centred on reaching a bilateral Israeli–Palestinian permanent status agreement, implementing any such agreement will present an equally massive challenge.

Hallucination of peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ray Hanania - (Opinion) February 1, 2012 - 1:00am

Two of my “friends” on Facebook started going at it, as Facebook people often do, over my recent column analyzing the failure of Palestinian activists to achieve any of their goals. The debate quickly got off-topic and started careening over the cliff of Palestinian-Israeli futility at a very high speed. It became obvious that neither was really listening to the other. Both were repeating the same old arguments that have muddled Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts.

Israel adds to its crimes
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by George S. Hishmeh - (Opinion) February 2, 2012 - 1:00am

Ten years ago about 50 Israeli soldiers, including some officers, refused to serve in the Occupied Territories, roughly the size about 22 per cent of the original state, Palestine, which until mid-1948 was a mandate under British rule.

MI chief: Iran can produce 4 bombs
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Neri Brenner - (Opinion) February 2, 2012 - 1:00am

"Iran has enough nuclear material for four bombs," Director of Military Intelligence Major General Aviv Kochavi warned Thursday. Kochavi made a rare appearance at the 2012 Herzliya Conference, where he reviewed regional changes, the effects of the Arab Spring and the Iranian threat. "Iran is vigorously pursing military nuclear capabilities and today the intelligence community agrees with Israel on that. Iran has over four tons of enriched materials and nearly 100kg of 20% enriched uranium – that's enough for four bombs," he said.

Israel's profound choice on Iran
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Los Angeles Times
by Chuck Freilich - (Opinion) February 2, 2012 - 1:00am

In the end it will come down to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His senior officials will make their cases, but he alone will have to make one of the most critical decisions inIsrael's history: whether to attackIran's nuclear program. I do not envy him.

Change in political landscape leaves Hamas in financial shortfall
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Hugh Naylor - February 2, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM // Keeping up with the dramatic changes in the political map of the Middle East is one reason the leaders of Hamas are buzzing around the region in an unprecedented diplomatic campaign. Another less talked about reason is money. The rulers of the Gaza Strip are desperate for it, analysts say. The group's leader, Khaled Meshaal, and its prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, have spent recent weeks visiting eight countries including Jordan and Qatar. Such trips would have been almost unthinkable before the Arab Spring.

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