Lieberman: 'Peace industry' nothing but a waste of money
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - May 5, 2009 - 11:00pm


On his first trip to Europe since entering office, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman continues to lay out his diplomatic philosophy, arguing that a break from Israel's past policies is necessary to stabilize the region. "Nothing has come from this whole 'peace industry' except for conferences in five-star hotels and a waste of money," Lieberman told his Italian counterpart, Franco Frattini, during their meeting in Rome on Monday. Lieberman told Frattini that between five and seven years are needed to reach a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Israeli foreign minister w


Netanyahu, listen to Obama
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) May 5, 2009 - 11:00pm


As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares for his meeting in Washington with U.S. President Barack Obama, the White House is sending tough messages to Israel about its expectations. In his speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said this was a moment of truth for Israel. The United States is committed to the principle of two states for two peoples, he said, and this is the only solution, so all the parties must meet their obligations, no matter how difficult.


Obama and Netanyahu administrations listen to each other at AIPAC
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ron Kampeas - (Analysis) May 4, 2009 - 11:00pm


“This relationship matters to me,” one partner says. “Show me,” says the other. Such conversations, as any couple can attest, usually don't augur the happiest of chats. If this year’s AIPAC policy conference stopped well short of a full-blown spat between the pro-Israel lobby and the Obama administration, it was because each side was listening to the other: Obama officials listened to Israeli fears about the Iranian nuclear threat, and AIPAC and Israel's prime minister listened to the U.S. administration’s insistence on the inevitability of Palestinian statehood.


Obama outreach to Muslims worries Israelis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
May 3, 2009 - 11:00pm


A solid majority of Jewish Israelis worry that President Barack Obama's outreach to the Arab and Muslim world will come at their expense, a new poll showed Monday. Israelis also strongly back stopping Iran's nuclear program, even if Israel has to attack Iran without American approval, according to the survey.


'Making Sense of the Arab-Israeli Nightmare'
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In Washington Report On Middle East Affairs - August 31, 2008 - 11:00pm

IN A JUNE 27 panel entitled “Making Sense of the Arab-Israel Nightmare” held at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, speakers discussed the lessons to be learned from past administrations and prospects for the Bush administration in its final months, as well as prospects for the next administration. Ghaith al-Omari, a former policy adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Daniel Levy, former senior policy adviser in the Israeli prime minister’s office, and Aaron Miller, author of The Much Too Promised Land, addressed the Arab-Israeli conflict largely as an inherited problem.


Netanyahu Endorses A Two-State Solution



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President Obama’s Remarks on Middle East Peace from his UN Speech

Obama speaks at UNThe following are excerpts relevant to the Middle East peace process from the speech delivered by President Barack Obama at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, September 23, as released by the White House. The text of the entire speech is reproduced in full below.



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Foreign Policy Address at the Council on Foreign Relations
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Thank you very much, Richard, and I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department. We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.


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