Israel’s True Friends
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Roger Cohen - (Opinion) January 7, 2013 - 1:00am

  PRESIDENT Obama’s decision to nominate Chuck Hagel, a maverick Republican with enough experience of war to loathe it, as his next secretary of defense is the right choice for many reasons, chief among them that it will provoke a serious debate on what constitutes real friendship toward Israel.

A Palestinian farmer reclaims his land, for now
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chaim Levinson - January 8, 2013 - 1:00am


Gaza's archaeological treasures at risk from war and neglect
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
January 6, 2013 - 1:00am


EU backing informal Israeli-Palestinian talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Herb Keinon - January 8, 2013 - 1:00am

  With Israeli-Palestinian negotiations nonexistent for most of the last four years, informal talks between academics, public figures and former military and civil officials from both sides are once again currently taking place, often backed by the European Union.

West Bank sees rise in terror attacks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Yoav Zitun - January 7, 2013 - 1:00am

A Shin Bet report released Monday reveals that the last two months of 2012 have seen a significant rise in terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem. In December, 111 attacks were reported, while 166 were reported in November, during which Operation Pillar of Defense took place.

Teachers despair over unpaid salaries
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
January 7, 2013 - 1:00am

Civil servants in the West Bank are struggling to cover transportation costs, as the delays in their salary payments stretches on amid the Palestinian Authority's financial crisis.

Abbas appoints Fatah leadership in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
January 8, 2013 - 1:00am

President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday appointed the new leadership of the Fatah committee in the Gaza Strip, its new chairman told Ma'an.

Fighting flares again in Palestinian refugee camp in Syrian capital, 5 killed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
January 8, 2013 - 1:00am

  Palestinian factions in Syria called for a cease-fire Tuesday after fighting flared at a refugee camp in the capital, Damascus, highlighting a split among Palestinians as the civil war intensifies.

U.S. Senator to Abbas: U.S. rejects Palestinian's intention to join UN agencies
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
January 8, 2013 - 1:00am

   U.S. Senator Rand Paul informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of his country's opposition to the Palestinian intention to join United Nations agencies, a well- informed Palestinian sources said Monday.

Israeli minister warms to choice of Hagel for Pentagon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Dan Williams - January 8, 2013 - 1:00am

  A senior Israeli diplomat has given a positive view of Chuck Hagel's nomination as U.S. defense secretary, though some commentators in the Jewish state expressed worries that the choice could open a new fissure in bedrock ties with Washington.

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