The Three Men Who Could Save Israel's Center-Left
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Atlantic
by Zvika Krieger - (Opinion) January 23, 2013 - 1:00am


The peace process wanders leaderless among delusions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
(Opinion) January 23, 2013 - 1:00am

  The Palestinians and Israelis have had enough of each other. Over the decades, the two populations have tired of the inability of their leaders to find solutions to what ought to be relatively straightforward questions: how to right the wrongs of the past and live together in the future. The problem is that each population is telling itself stories that have little basis in reality.

Israeli vote reveals political weakness
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
(Editorial) January 23, 2013 - 1:00am

  Jobs, rent and food: these are the issues that sent Israelis to the polls this week. The occupation of Palestinian lands on their doorstep and the uprisings that are reshaping the entire region were largely ignored. But the ostrich with its head stuck in the sand is hardly in a position of strength.

Obama’s likely takeaway from Israeli election: More two-state advocates
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ron Kampeas - (Opinion) January 23, 2013 - 1:00am

  With the Israeli election results split evenly between the right-wing bloc and everyone else, no one in Washington is ready to stake their reputation on what the outcome means for the U.S.-Israel relationship and the Middle East.

Israel's elections mean little to most Palestinians – with good reason
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Raja Shehadeh - (Opinion) January 23, 2013 - 1:00am


Will Israel’s Election Help the Peace Process?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bloomberg
by Jeffrey Goldberg - (Opinion) January 23, 2013 - 1:00am


Why Netanyahu failed and Lapid surprised
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Aluf Benn - (Opinion) January 23, 2013 - 1:00am

  Benjamin Netanyahu’s election campaign failed because he had nothing much to say. The world-champion orator, king of political survivors, lost his connection to the public mid-term and has been coasting ever since, in the absence of a serious challenger. He did not offer any hope to Israelis, he conducted a pathetic campaign and, instead of issuing a platform, made do with promising to be a "strong prime minister."

Israel's new, post-election agenda: first the ultra-Orthodox, then Iran
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel - (Opinion) January 23, 2013 - 1:00am

  In the past decades, the general understanding on the political scene was that Israeli elections are determined, above all, by voters’ sense of personal security.

For Arabs, success of Israeli elections is mingled with regret
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Jack Khoury - (Opinion) January 22, 2013 - 1:00am

  Arab parties summed up the elections with a mixed feeling of success and a missed opportunity. A final appraisal will be possible only after the soldiers' votes are counted and we know whether the United Arab List-Ta'al will hang on to their fifth seat, and if Hadash and Balad will keep their current tallies of four and three MKs respectively.

Israeli vote might constrain Netanyahu's foreign policy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Crispian Balmer - (Opinion) January 23, 2013 - 1:00am

  A weaker-than-expected showing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel's election might limit his room for manoeuvre against Iran and put his hardline stance toward Palestinian statehood under renewed pressure.

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