February 21st

Q&A affecting the future of the Middle East
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gershon Baskin - (Opinion) February 20, 2012 - 1:00am

Over the past two weeks I have been on a speaking tour in the United States (one more week to go). I am appearing on college campuses, some, such as Johns Hopkins, American University and George Washington in the main cities of the country.

How Israeli negligence led to the death of a Palestinian car thief
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chaim Levinson - (Analysis) February 20, 2012 - 1:00am

The figure at the side of the road was completely still. A pedestrian who saw him in the early morning light came close, and found the body of a young man. He was barefoot and clad in a thin hospital gown from the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.

Israel demolishes West Bank villages as Jewish outposts remains untouched
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - (Analysis) February 21, 2012 - 1:00am

It is doubtful whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has expressed great concern over the fate of Migron's residents, has heard of Tha'lah. Unfortunately for the village's residents, Tha'lah is situated in Area C, which is under Israel jurisdiction. Minister Benny Begin, who worked so tirelessly on the questionable "agreement" that will leave the Migron criminals on stolen land for a few more years (if it is ever implemented ), presumably does not know what happened to the residents of this tiny village in the Southern Hebron Hills.

Netanyahu mustn't demolish the strategic alliance with U.S.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Sefi Rachlevsky - (Opinion) February 21, 2012 - 1:00am

In an interview with The New York Times, Defense Minister Ehud Barak listed three conditions for going to war against Iran, a threefold test: Military action must significantly delay Iran's nuclear program; it must result in minimal harm to Israel's home front; and it must receive massive American and international support. As prime minister, Barak brandished the test of results as his sword, and fell on it several months later. But now, the same old song is playing again.

Adelson to give $10 million more to PAC supporting Gingrich
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
February 19, 2012 - 1:00am

(JTA) -- Casino and hotel magnate Sheldon Adelson reportedly has plans to give another $10 million to a group supporting Newt Gingrich for the Republican presidential nomination. The donation to Winning Our Future, an independent committee, or Super PAC, that is run by former Gingrich associates, reportedly will be delivered in the coming days, CBS News reported, citing an unnamed source close to Adelson. CNN reported the same, also citing an unnamed source with knowledge of the donation.

Second Jerusalem church vandalized
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
February 20, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A church in Jerusalem was vandalized with an anti-Christian slogan for the second time this month. "Death to Christians" was painted Monday on the walls of the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation. The words "Price Tag" and bad language about Jesus also were written, according to reports, and the tires of several cars in the area were slashed. Two weeks ago, the 11th-century Monastery of the Cross Church was similarly vandalized.

Police prepare for possible Temple Mount clashes
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Yaakov Lappin, Melanie Lidman - February 21, 2012 - 1:00am

Jerusalem Police was preparing for the possibility of clashes between right-wing activists and Palestinians on and around the Temple Mount Tuesday morning. The preparations followed a call by Palestinian activists to come and "protect" the Temple mount after right-wing activists said they would ascend to the holy site. Overnight Monday, police raided an apartment in Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood and found extremist right-wing documents related to the Temple Mount. Police arrested one activist and took him for investigation.

The cool new Palestinians: geeks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Jackie Spinner - February 18, 2012 - 1:00am

In the hip Ramallah coffee shop ZAMN, Yousef Ghandour laments the slow Wi-Fi as he launches the beta version of one of his many start-ups, a social networking site that allows users to travel through time to find connections. Mr. Ghandour, who never wastes a moment, shares the e-books he is currently reading on his iPhone (among them, "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't"), shows off his blog, and lingers for a moment on his latest vision for a social networking site for Muslims called AnaBasili, or "I'm praying."

Emergency fuel arrives from Egypt via Gaza tunnels
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 20, 2012 - 1:00am

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A limited delivery of fuel arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday, brought in through underground tunnels from Egypt, as the energy authority director said he expects a long term solution to the widespread blackouts to be agreed with Egypt this week. The fuel has allowed the power authority to reactivate one of the four generators at Gaza's sole power plant, the authority said in a statement.

White House: Netanyahu, Obama to meet in Washington on March 5
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Natasha Mozgovaya - February 20, 2012 - 1:00am

U.S. President Barack Obama will host a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on March 5, the White House said on Monday, a session that will likely center on the West's efforts to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. A White House statement rounding up the recent Israel visit by Obama's National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, which announced the date for the upcoming meeting, indicated that the top advisor discussed the "full range of security issues of mutual concern" during his meetings with Israeli leadership.

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