AIPAC Confronts A New Reality as Obama’s Agenda Becomes Clear
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Nathan Guttman - May 5, 2009 - 11:00pm


Washington — “You’re not going to like my saying this,” Vice President Joe Biden told 6,000 delegates from the podium of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference — a spot that politicians usually vie over vigorously for the privilege of telling the crowd what they want to hear.


Blair Says Resolving Mideast Conflict Critical to Curbing Iran
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bloomberg
by Gwen Ackerman, Jonathan Ferziger - May 5, 2009 - 11:00pm


Middle East envoy Tony Blair said resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would remove a toxic barrier between the West and Islamic nations and help deal with the nuclear threat from Iran. Peace in the region would “hugely help in resolving this bigger problem” and remove an “issue which puts such a poison into the relationship between the West, Israel, if you like, and the world of Islam,” the former British prime minister said yesterday in an interview in Jerusalem.


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.


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
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
December 31, 1969 - 7:00pm


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.


Remarks by ATFP Pres. Asali at Israeli Finance Minister Lapid Speech

The following remarks were made by ATFP Pres. Ziad J. Asali at aspeech given by Israeli Finance Minister Lapid at a WashingtonInstitute event on October 10 hosted by Robert Satloff:



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Abbas agrees to peace talks based on 1967 borders
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
December 31, 1969 - 7:00pm


President Mahmoud Abbas has told France he is ready to attend a Paris peace conference if Israel accepts talks based on the 1967 borders, an aide told AFP Sunday. Nimr Hammad, a political adviser to Abbas, said the president had told French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe that he agreed officially to a French proposal to host a peace conference in Paris before July. Juppe raised the possibility of the conference during a visit to Israel and the West Bank this week.



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