Where did the PA’s money go?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Barry Rubin - (Opinion) June 3, 2012 - 12:00am

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad says that his regime is short of funds. And meanwhile a reader asks me: “Can you please explain to me why 20 years after Oslo and billions in dollars in foreign aid, the Palestinian Authority still has not built modern hospitals? Or rather, why do the donor countries pour money down the PA drain without expecting even some face-saving results?” Good question. Short answer: Swiss bank accounts.

A Settlement Freeze Can Advance Israeli-Palestinian Peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Wall Street Journal
by Alan Dershowitz - (Opinion) June 3, 2012 - 12:00am

Now that Israel has a broad and secure national unity government, the time is ripe for that government to make a bold peace offer to the Palestinian Authority.

The peace process comes to an end
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by Adel Safty - (Opinion) June 4, 2012 - 12:00am

One of the most remarkable talents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is his ability to “influence” American public opinion as he once bragged to a family of colonists, unaware that he was being filmed.

Isn’t Israel Already a ‘Jewish State’?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Forward
by Leonard Fein - (Opinion) June 3, 2012 - 12:00am

A leading Palestinian negotiator says that for the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state would “adversely impact the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel.” Not at all, say Yosef Kuperwasser, director general of Israel’s ministry of strategic affairs and Shalom Lipner, special coordinator for public diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office. This, they insist, “is a baseless argument, since Israel will continue to guarantee the full and equal civil rights of all its citizens.”

Israel is new South Africa as boycott calls increase
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
by Jonathan Owen - (Opinion) June 3, 2012 - 12:00am

Some of the world's biggest stars – from Madonna to the Red Hot Chili Peppers – are being accused of putting profit before principle in a growing backlash against artists performing in Israel.

The importance of history
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Susan Hattis Rolef - (Opinion) June 3, 2012 - 12:00am

Last Tuesday Channel 10’s investigative TV program Hamakor (The Source) broadcast a report on the syllabi being taught in the national school system, with a special emphasis on history.

King Bibi the First
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
(Opinion) May 21, 2012 - 12:00am

Kings, an American journalist who recently returned from a tour of several Middle Eastern states told me. Kings, this is what survives in the Arab world. The republican regimes fall, one after another. Look at what happened in Tunisia, in Egypt, in Libya. Look at what’s happening in Syria. At the oil emirates. On the other hand, the royal regimes are hanging in there. In Saudi Arabia too. In Morocco, the king adapted himself to the new winds and is surviving. Even in Jordan. The present belongs to the kings.

Israelis and Palestinians make very different movies about water
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Nirit Anderman - (Film Review) June 3, 2012 - 12:00am

Nine jointly made films show the eyes of beholders can see very different things.

The fight over West Bank neighborhood: Who's minding the store, Bibi or Feiglin?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Verter - (Opinion) June 4, 2012 - 12:00am

On January 31 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu trounced Moshe Feiglin in the Likud primary. The rematch could take place this week in the Knesset plenum, if the dangerous and scandalous bill to legitimize settlements built on private Palestinian land is put to a vote, against Netanyahu's wishes. Then we'll know who's really minding this store, a.k.a. Likud: the PM, or Feiglin & Co.

Adding insult to injury
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) June 4, 2012 - 12:00am

High-ranking politicians' fear of the political might of the settlers, and of their patrons in Likud and other right-wing parties, has exposed a treasure trove of creativity. Their latest invention, to which we can credit the threat of a proposal aimed at legitimizing the theft of private property in the territories, recommends relocating the five homes slated for demolition in the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El to a site that is next to the settlement. According to cautious estimates, the move can be expected to cost NIS 5 million - for each house.

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