The Palestinian Implosion
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Huffington Post
by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) January 11, 2013 - 1:00am

  Three years ago, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched an ambitious plan to build effective, responsive, and clean government institutions. The results were impressive, and Fayyad was hailed as a figure who was making true progress toward a two-state solution even as formal negotiations faltered.

A different Israel after January 22
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
by David Horovitz - (Opinion) January 9, 2013 - 1:00am

  You may wish to celebrate. You may be plunged into despair. But signs are the country to which you will wake up on January 23 will be a different Israel.

Netanyahu and Israel's Crisis of Democracy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Ben Caspit - (Opinion) January 10, 2013 - 1:00am

  Ron Prosor is one of the most distinguished ambassadors in the history of the Israeli Foreign Service. He was the No. 3 man at the embassy in Washington. He was director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Silvan Shalom; he was a highly respected ambassador to the United Kingdom, and he is now in charge of Israel's public diplomacy efforts as Israel's permanent representative to the United Nations.

Enduring Failures of Israel's 'Decision Makers'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by J.J. Goldberg - (Opinion) January 10, 2013 - 1:00am

  One of Israel’s worst-kept military secrets is the simmering tension between the country’s top security professionals and their civilian bosses, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The headlines surface regularly and tend to look the same, so it’s easy to miss the big picture.

An Israeli Ballot With No Good Options
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Hillel Halkin - (Opinion) January 10, 2013 - 1:00am

  Israel doesn’t need to hold elections. It only needs to ask for whom I’d vote, because I’ve never voted for anyone but winners. I was for Golda in 1974, for Begin in 1977, for Rabin in 1992, for Netanyahu in ’96, for Barak in ’98, for the Sharon of the Likud in 2000 and the Sharon of Kadima in 2005, for Ehud Olmert in 2006, for Netanyahu again in 2009. You can’t be more infallible than that.

A Palestinian-Jordanian confederation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Uri Savir - (Opinion) January 10, 2013 - 1:00am

Prominent Israeli Knesset candidates, many of them most probably part of the next coalition, are in these days of vigorous campaigning attempting to highjack us into their fata morganas (mirages) regarding the future of the West Bank; be it Naftali Bennett with his ridiculous proposal to annex 60 percent of the West Bank to Israel; or

Israeli extremists' victory
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Randa Haidar - (Opinion) January 10, 2013 - 1:00am

Winds of rightist political extremism are blowing through the election campaign in Israel these days. Some two weeks before the elections, it appears that the Israeli arena is becoming more extreme and divided.

Bibi, ask not what you can do for you
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Opinion) January 10, 2013 - 1:00am

  In another country, in a place that is normal, the in-depth interview with former Shin Bet security service director Yuval Diskin, published in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper last weekend, would have cost a sitting prime minister the election.

Politics and the English language: What we can learn from Naftali Bennett’s international interviews
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Anshel Pfeffer - (Opinion) January 10, 2013 - 1:00am

Each of the senior politicians called up to the stage at Tuesday's foreign policy debate conducted by the Israel Project at the Hebrew University, scurried up to the podium as their name was called. Only Habayit Hayehudi leader, Naftali Bennett, paused for a moment, turned around, and waved to the audience before stepping up. "It was a short gesture, but there was something about it that distinguished him," a friend who was there told me.

Netanyahu government is Israel's most anti-Zionist ever, says Amoz Oz
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Verter - (Opinion) January 11, 2013 - 1:00am

  The writer and Israel Prize laureate Amoz Oz harshly attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Labor chairwoman MK Shelly Yacimovich.

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